Cocoa Harvesting Machete

Description
This small machete was used by workers at the Mars Center for Cocoa Science in Itajuipe, Bahia, Brazil. Typically machetes are used for a variety of work from trimming of branches and harvesting pods to opening the pods or fending off snakes.
Cacao trees, the source of all chocolate, is grown in equatorial regions of Africa, South America, and Asia by about 6.5 million small land owners using simple techniques. But the trees are endangered by diseases such as black pod, witches’ broom, and frosty pod rot. Additionally, the low productivity of the trees helps lock farmers into poverty. The Mars company maintains a research facility in Brazil to improve cacao cultivation techniques and help develop hybrids resistant to disease and improve yields.
Object Name
machete
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
black (handle color)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 5/8 in x 13 5/8 in x 7/8 in; 4.1275 cm x 34.6075 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
2014.0033.01
catalog number
2014.0033.01
accession number
2014.0033
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Industry & Manufacturing
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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