Initiative Achieve Escala, of the Crusa Foundation, supports producers of honey and papaya in the Central Pacific with the technical collaboration of the UCR.

An initiative of the “Reaching Out Scale” program of the Costa Rica-United States Foundation for Cooperation (Crusa), the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB-IDB) and the government initiative “Weaving Development” Producers in the Central Pacific diversify their projects and generate new value chains.

The project seeks the union of producers of papaya and honey with entrepreneurs and public institutions such as the University of Costa Rica (UCR), in order to add value to the offerings of the area through new applications with the available inputs.

Cosmetics Monteverde is one of the productive initiatives supported with the technical support of Ciprona-UCR.
The work is also supported by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), interested in improving the commercial competitiveness of the impacted site.

In total, the project includes six associations that receive technological and scientific training from entities such as the UCR, the National University (UNA) and the National Institute of Learning (INA).

In these processes it is intended to generate a joint collaboration. As producers take advantage of everything they produce, companies develop new knowledge and products, and technical bodies bring their knowledge to the streets. All this, at the same time that regional development is strengthened.

Benefited Projects

Among the initiatives that have sought to add value with the collaboration of specialized technical entities are those linked to the production of reconstituent syrups, moisturizing and healing creams.

These projects are supported mainly by university units such as the Faculty of Pharmacy of the UCR, the Center for Tropical Apiculture Research (Cinat) and the Center for Research in Natural Products (Ciprona).

In addition, there are other food products that are being benefited, mainly some related to the elaboration of hashings, juices, jellies and jams.

These works are supported by different academic entities, especially by the National Center of Science and Technology of Food (CITA) of the UCR.

In the first case, stand out initiatives such as Cosméticos Monteverde, a family SME that began its operations in 2017, with the management of Noé Vargas in San Luis de Monteverde.

The company produces and markets, online, natural and handmade products for personal care, something that is now also supporting the project funded by the Crusa Foundation.

UCR Action

Ciprona’s director, Rosaura Romero, stressed the importance of the project at university level, mainly to promote “the teamwork of different actors who seek the development and improvement of the quality of life of Costa Ricans who need it.”

“In this case, the joint work of the Government, the UCR, the nonprofit private sector (Crusa) and international organizations such as ECLAC, makes the effort more successful, since each participant supports them with their strengths “He stressed.

With this, Romero stressed that it is intended to generate an environmental benefit, since it is expected that “the rejection papaya and products of the hive that the honey producer is not commercializing at this time will generate producers and SMEs new income “.

In this line, the director pointed out that “the role of the University has been key in this”, since – from its point of view – “in the end it is a question of transferring the knowledge one has for the purpose of collaborating in development from the country”.

This objective is something that the University normally seeks to promote through its own financing and the companies themselves, a point that differentiates this cooperation from the usual collaborations.

On the contrary, with projects like the value chains promoted by Alcanzando Escala, the university is guaranteed to stop “taking risks”, something that usually happens because “the university counterpart is substantial.”

Josué Alfaro, journalist Semanario Universidad.

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