Vanessa Pacheco studied Agronomy at the Universidad Agraria de la Molina (Agrarian University of La Molina). She has extensive experience in volunteering for the development of socio-environmental and cultural projects and serves as project advisor. For 5 years she has been working on the production of edible mushrooms through the recovery of household waste. Because of the many benefits it presents, she has created “the path of the fungi”, an ecological and tourist entrepreneurship.
The “Women sentinels of their food security” project provides training to women and villagers surrounding the common pot of the Cerro Centinela human settlement for the process of producing edible mushrooms with high nutritional value. The project will start with the reuse of fibrous domestic waste, then be harvested, and used in the common pot. With the surplus production, marketing channels will be sought at local markets or fairs in the district of San Juan de Miraflores.
MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET
Its main motivation is to make visible the health benefits of fungi and to promote that populations who do not have access to quality foods can consume them. This is based on the recovery of waste that allows food to be produced in a sustainable way, facing the economic crisis by the pandemic, and increasing the resilience of the population to the effects of climate change.