Innovation in Costa Rica

The programme aims to strengthen producers’ capacity to make the most of agricultural products that cannot be sold due to some minor aspect faults but maintain the same nutritive value.

One of the worker co-ops involved is Frutalcoop, which is using plums and apples for energy bars and salsa sauces and guavas for food toppings, soaps and body lotions.

The project, which started in 2016, will finish at the end of 2016. The first stage of the programme has seen products engage with people in their communities to learn what sort of products they were looking for. The survey revealed that snacks and cosmetics were the most popular products.

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