Multifunctional agriculture and forgotten heritage. Traditions of the past?

The open-air agriculture of Poljé de Zafarraya (Granada, Spain) is far from a multifunctional agriculture model. This type of agriculture, very intensive, is highly focused on the production of fruit and vegetable products for sale in large quantities on markets. However, this agriculture has its origin in the hills surrounding the plain, called “Poljé”. Just a few decades ago, these hills were cultivated for wheat, barley, grain, oats, etc., by the local shepherds. They gave a multifunctional use [...]

2021-02-17T11:21:44+01:00February 17th, 2021|UGR, Universities|

Organic small farms are a promising model for the future of agriculture

Sustainable rural development is linked both to the survival of small farms and to promoting the diversification of the economy with activities other than agriculture, which, although it remains a major livelihood for population is declining in the overall economic profile of the EU. The European Parliament Resolution of 22 May 2018 (The Future of Food and Agriculture) draws attention to the “very important role played by small and medium-sized farms and which must be recognized and valued” [...]

2021-02-10T10:05:03+01:00February 10th, 2021|AUP, News|

Multifunctional Agriculture. An opportunity for the Gargano area

The Gargano is a fascinating Italian promontory projecting into the Adriatic sea. It is made of wild mountains where live autochthonous animal and plant species conferring an unexplored soul to the environment.   Historically, the inhabitants have developed local economies on agriculture and breeding farms. During the 90s the tourism started becoming flourishing alongshore, thus triggering the rural area abandon as the sons of the old farmers were exited to ride the wave of the touristic business. Such phenomenon [...]

2021-02-08T11:40:18+01:00February 8th, 2021|News, UniFg|

Internship at Zorgboerderij Tallaart vzw, a social farm

Social farm Tallaart vzw in Belgium, is an organization that provides useful daytime activities for people who experience some difficulties in functioning in our society.  We work with organizations as well as individuals. Each with their own issues, personality and background. In addition, we also organize children's camps and workshops on self-identity and resilience. To provide these activities, we need enough hands. And organizing internships is a great way to get there! For a few years, we guide [...]

2021-02-04T18:43:15+01:00February 5th, 2021|gebroeders vercammen, News|

Recognition for sustainable producers

The Spanish bank BBVA has recognized La Junquera, a partner of the eTOMATO project, with one of the six Awards for the Best Sustainable Producers, an initiative that the bank has promoted in collaboration with El Celler de Can Roca to give visibility to local products committed to the environment and responsible production. La Junquera has been selected from among more than 60 candidates from all over the national territory. BBVA has recognized the commitment to sustainability of [...]

2021-01-22T11:12:34+01:00January 22nd, 2021|La Junquera, News|

One year of eTOMATO

2020 is a year that we will talk about in the coming years. If there is something that we have understood, however, it is the importance of resilience and the ability to be able to develop, even in the worst present and in the most uncertain scenarios, a strong spirit of adaptation with eyes always turned to the future. For the eTOMATO partners it was a challenging year, characterized by the preparation of training materials that represent the [...]

2020-12-27T10:04:53+01:00December 27th, 2020|News, Valuedo|

EU and Africa: what lies ahead their agrifood relations

As the EURACTIV website has announced, the EU is about to strengthen its relationship - and cooperation - with Africa, with the hope of promoting sustainable food systems and help those affected coping with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. The African continent was already assisted in its agrifood sector by a 12-person task force since the beginning of May 2018, a mandate prolonged this year after the Covid-19 events. The effects of the pandemic in the continent [...]

2020-12-21T11:41:26+01:00December 21st, 2020|Tinada|

Multifunctional rural areas and local development: the case of the Heritage Olive Groves in Almería (Andalusia – Spain)

In the current context, new paradigms have arisen in the public debate. They am at providing tools and positions that are based on another conception of reality that go beyond partisan and bureaucratic visions, and provide the population of rural environments with instruments with which to intervene for their own benefit, transforming said reality without tutelage or external hierarchical projections. One of these cases is that of neoendogenous and local development. From a comprehensive and holistic perspective on [...]

2020-12-11T11:38:37+01:00December 11th, 2020|News, UGR, Universities|

Organic production and its connection with the concepts of Sustainable Development, Green Lifestyle and Multifunctional Agriculture

Organic farming is an important priority in the agricultural development policy in the Republic of Bulgaria and one of the highlights of the Common Agricultural Policy for the period 2014-2020.Encouraging farmers to switch to or maintain organic farming contributes simultaneously to: environmental protection - strengthens agro-ecosystems, preserves biodiversity and enables future generations to benefit from preserved nature; healthy food production - this form of agriculture meets the needs of a growing number of consumers, as it uses safe and [...]

2020-12-09T19:17:38+01:00December 10th, 2020|AUP, News, Senza categoria|

Growth on a social farm -a witness

For this article, we have asked Ines why she loves Gebroeders Vercammen. So, our farm through the eyes of a student. You can read her story and her experiences below! In February 2018, I started as an interim on ‘Gebroeders Vercammen at Koningshooikt. A social farm nearby Lier. As a student in applied psychology, 20 years old, I had the opportunity to combine my two biggest interests. I connected with our guests, who each had their difficulties in [...]

2020-11-17T11:42:46+01:00November 17th, 2020|gebroeders vercammen, News|