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02. STRENGTHENING SKILLS AND CAPACITIES TO BUILD COMMUNITY AND HOME ECOLOGICAL GARDENS

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Budget (USD)

(USD) – total: 545.000

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First Phase Needs

(USD): 287.500 (5 communities + 150 homes)

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Type of Project

Philanthropy Impact investment

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Timeframe

2 years

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Geographical Scope

Guanacaste

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Partners

Cooperatives, Community Associations (ADIs)

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Target

10 communities and 500 homes

WHAT DOES THIS PROJECT DO?

It selects private or community-owned lands based on a set of relevant attributes, and designs and implements the production of healthy food sources for self-consumption by families (community and home gardens). It generates a logic of “chain of favors” as a requirement for joining the program (home level) based on previous collaborative work from an ongoing unit (community level). This project caters to regenerative-productive family units from community units. It promotes communities as wealth- producing business models based on cooperatives.

WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?

It is an alliance between families, landowners, and the University of International Cooperation (UCI). It is also a method of sharing productive methodologies that produce soil and food safety, and contribute
to human health. It serves as a basis for the systematization and publication of best practices.

HOW IS IT GOVERNED?

It is governed through long-term agreements and contracts between land owners and community associations and is based on the strengthening or establishment of cooperatives.

HOW IS IT VALIDATED?

By counting the number of family and community ecological gardens implemented, the number of hectares intervened, the number of persons and family groups involved, and the total harvest (tons)

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Contribution to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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"The future can't be predicted but it can be envisioned and brought lovingly into being. Systems can't be controlled, but they can be designed and redesigned." 

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