ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM
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Boosting cross border Organic Ecosystem through enhancing agro-food alliances

About the project

Agriculture puts a lot of pressure on the environment. Soil fertility, biodiversity and human life are all negatively impacted by intensive and extensive farming. There is no doubt that organic agriculture is a great solution to achieve food safety and security as well as environmental sustainability. However, organic agriculture is still relatively underdeveloped in Mediterranean countries with heterogeneous situations from country to country. Main shared challenges are inconsistent or lacking support policies from national/local governments, low innovation capacities, limited knowledge of sustainable farming practices, and a weak value chain where MSMEs operate in a disaggregated way. ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM project aims at reducing these obstacles and make the MSMEs operating in organic agriculture more competitive and better integrated. The project intends to establish a cross-border agro-food ecosystem which will set the ground for the development of the Mediterranean whole organic sector. This will be encouraged through new business alliances, creation of innovative value chains, and specialized support provided to MSMEs to increase the quality and the commercialization of products and their capacities to access to new markets. 

Key information

ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM
Boosting cross border Organic Ecosystem through enhancing agro-food alliances
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.2 Euro-Mediterranean economic clusters
Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, Tunisia, Greece, Spain

Financial data

2.4 million
Total budget
2.1 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

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7
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Countries
4
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What will be improved?

The establishment of a Mediterranean organic ecosystem will result in better support policies, more efficient tools and services and, in consequence, increased competitiveness of organic MSMEs that will scale-up and access new markets. New job opportunities will be created and income will be leveraged for organic farmers.  It is also expected that a significant number of MSMEs will convert to organic farming, thus contributing to soil conservation and environmental sustainability.

Who will benefit?

  • 24 organic MSMEs directly supported
  • 150 agro-food MSMEs (production, processing, supply, trade, etc.)
  • Public authorities
  • Local communities and consumers
     

Expected achievements

  • 1 organic cross-border network established for cooperation, dialogue, knowledge transfer among stakeholders of the organic sector 
  • 40 training days to provide MSMEs with tools and methods aimed at boosting organic production, processing and marketing
  • 25 MSMEs receiving consultancy services to facilitate their entry in innovative organic value chains and participating in international agro-food fairs
  • 1 cross-border lab to facilitate networking among organic producers, researchers, business angels,  public authorities and stakeholders 
     

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