The project is implemented by
Municipality of Zitsa (LB)
Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER” (PB2)
Three Thirds Society (PB3)
Municipality of Torre Santa Susanna (PB4)
Italian Farmers Confederation Apulia-CIA Apulia (PB5)
Project co-funded by European Union, European Regional Development Funds (E.R.D.F.) and by National Funds of Greece and Italy
Social Agribusiness and Farmworkers Cooperatives – AgriFarm
Priority Axis: 1. Innovation and Competitiveness
Specific Objective: 1.2 Supporting the incubation of innovative specialized micro and small enterprises in thematic sectors of interest to the Programme Area
The economic crisis in Greece has created a flow towards agriculture. Rural areas offer a hostile economic environment that drives both locals and immigrants to search for employment solutions, seeking work in the province and offeri their labour for cultivating and farming activities. Now that Italy also faces the same economic challenges there is a common ground for establishing Social Agricultural Business (cooperatives).
The project implementation includes the creation of Social Agricultural Enterprises “Farmworkers Cooperatives”, that will provide their services to organized traditional and organic agricultural units, both for greenhouses’ companies, and for individual growers and farmers, operating either in contractual or in free agriculture conditions. Additionally they can provide complementary services such as gardening and park maintenance.
In the framework of the project, a Greek-Italian Agricultural Science Centre will be established, which will deal with the promotion of Research and Development, Training, Innovation and Networking with scientific bodies of the border regions and the operation of a Green Point in fields related to the social agricultural businesses.
The project aims at:
The project’s approach in addressing the organizational absence in the fields of agriculture and farming is an integrated intervention that will in depth change the way farmers in the areas on intervention see their land and their agricultural and farming activities. Nowadays pieces of land and cattle are viewed as nothing more than property. Through this project implementation a more business oriented mentality will be cultivated.
Agrifarm within numbers
Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme
Greece and Italy, two neighbouring countries with a rich and common past, have more than 25 years of cooperation experience, starting from 1990 until now. Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme that aims to help public institutions and local stakeholders to develop cross-border projects and pilot actions and to create new policy, products and services, with the final goal to improve the citizens’ quality of life. Strategically, the programme will enhance innovation in a number of fields such as blue growth, tourism and culture, agro food and cultural and creative industries.
Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Programme aims to get maximum return from EUR 123 million financed per 85% by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and per 15% by the 2 member states Greece and Italy through a national co-financing.
Innovation & Competitiveness aim to increase the capacity of Small and Medium Enterprises to engage in Reserch&Development activities that will lead to innovative products, processes and services with the final goal to contribute to the building of a strong export based economy and to strengthen specific growth sectors such as the blue growth, all activities having links with the sea and creative, cultural and agro-food industries.
Innovation and competitiveness is highlighted in the European Strategy 2020 as a major challenge for regions facing international competition, boosting the creation of new jobs in the Programme Area, which is suffering particularly high unemployment rate, on average almost 24% of the active population, more than double of the EU-28 average (10.8%).
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