Locals, who were unemployed by the pandemic, are hired to plant a future with traditional, resilient crops and teach others these skills.
The economic impact of the tourist-based region in tropical Costa Rica has left many unemployed. The Monteverde Institute has turned its education focus to the community by teaching and employing locals to plant traditional, resilient crops, provide bananas and other fruit trees to all families, produce seeds from local stock and donate plants to locals, and teach the gardening, harvesting, and cooking methods of these crops.
What is the need are you focusing on?
Minimize food insecurity by reducing the dependence on outside products and improve self-sufficiency by producing local products that have natural resilience to the elements and are easy to grow. Locals are hired in this program to share their knowledge. This falls under long term sustainable goals of advancing circular economies.