The action and its aims
The aim of the the Solidarity Supply Market project is to create a closed agro-chain, stimulate sustainable production, and improve the overall health of the community. This is being done by training local producers, providing local producers a seal of good sustainable practices, and through the development of the Solidarity Food Market.
When it was introduced
This project was introduced in 2022.
Why it was needed
According to the Pesticide Action Network, Costa Rica ranks among the highest pesticide users globally, with an average application of 25 kg/hectare of cultivated land. Numerous agrochemicals are linked to health issues, ranging from acute symptoms, such as nausea and dizziness, to long-term diseases, such as forms of cancer. In 2019, sixteen schoolchildren were poisoned, causing headache, dizziness, and nausea. This project was needed to decrease the use of pesticides, and increase knowledge sharing. Further, certifications for small producers are expensive. With the development of a seal of good sustainable production, producers can differentiate themselves.
Who initiated it, who is involved
This project was initiated by the City of Santa Ana. The seal of good sustainable production was supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
Impacts to date
Thirty three local producers sell their products at the local market every Wednesday.