THOUGHT FOR FOOD

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/bodossaki

Total raised

£2,470.00

Total raised (+ Gift Aid)

£2,831.25

Who is Prospero World

Prospero World is a UK registered charity committed to promoting positive social change through community-based activity and public education. 

Our mission is to convene thought leaders, social innovators and philanthropists, to inspire debate and identify and leverage funding for tangible solutions to poverty and inequality. We are delighted to support the work of the Bodossaki Foundation and to receive donations in support of their work.

The Bodossaki Foundation

The Bodossaki Foundation in partnership with the American Farm School , an independent, nonprofit educational institution and a pioneer in rural development and the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki, one of the leading research Institutes in Europe, has set up a thematic fund to support individual farmers, small businesses and cooperatives active in the production of five flagship Greek agricultural product categories: olives and olive products, honey, husbandry, fruits and vegetables (specifically Florina pepper, beans and chestnut) and aromatic plants.

 

Who can benefit

Direct beneficiaries of this fund will be individual farmers, small businesses and cooperatives, new and existing exporters and traders, living in different regions of Greece. Direct beneficiaries have been selected by the program’s partners, as the program’s aim is to include farmers that have both a great need and a great potential to excel in their respective fields, if the right tools are provided to them. Selected beneficiaries can turn the proposed paradigm shift into a reality for the agricultural sector in Greece.

What the program involves

A two-tiered approach will be implemented to support the production, processing and exporting of five flagship product categories. The products have been selected due to their unique characteristics and their global market potential. The fund’s purpose is to support the following activities. Training and consulting of individual farmers, small businesses and cooperatives on everything from sowing the seeds to marketing and exports. Support will be both in the form of classroom-based training as well as on-site consulting, thus forming a holistic approach. Biotechnological research for the identification and showcasing of the unique characteristics of agro-food products in order to improve their positioning in the global market. The outputs of this tier will be openly available so that they benefit the entire sector. This approach has been adapted to the specific needs of each of the five product categories and their corresponding markets through the design of five separate projects. The approach has been designed to address the entire value chain of each product, from production to the sale of the final product in international market.

 

Geographic areas

The program will be implemented regionally. We have identified specific geographic areas for each of the five products, aiming to achieve the best results possible in terms of economic and social impact. However, the program is flexible and can respond to the wishes of donors who may want to support an area close to their heart. In the case of certain products such as the Florina pepper that are cultivated in specific areas, the project will be implemented accordingly.

The need for supporting agriculture in Greece 

Agriculture is one of the most dynamic sectors of the Greek economy with unique competitive advantages stemming from the Greek climate and rich bio-diversity. According to a study published by McKinsey&Company, agriculture currently accounts for 13% of employment and contributes 4% to the county’s GVA (gross value added), which is significantly over the EU-28 average. Unfortunately, the agro-food sector is also characterized by low productivity, low levels of innovation and high production and labor costs, while penetration of foreign markets is at only 2%, compared with 10% for Italy and 13% for Spain. Product standardization is still mostly an unmet need, as is the effective use of the country’s natural resources and human capital.

Despite the aforementioned challenges, the Greek agro-food sector has great potential. Provided the right interventions are made, its contribution to the Greek economy by 2021 has been estimated at 4.5 billion euros, which includes the creation of 140,000 new jobs and the improvement of the trade balance by 2.7 billion euros.

Through targeted actions agriculture can provide a new paradigm for economic development in Greece. It can attract and retain people in regions of Greece that have been affected by urbanization, improve the quality of life in those communities, motivate young people to remain and thrive in their home regions, but also give a renewed sense of purpose to older generations that have suffered a loss of income and need to find new ways of working.  Through the production and promotion of high-quality products, agriculture and the agro-food sector at large can significantly stimulate regional development and economic growth and contribute to the well-being of current and future generations in Greece.

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Total donations: £2,470.00

Judith

03.04.17

£100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)

Anonymous

26.03.17

Anonymous

25.03.17

£50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

Anonymous

21.03.17

£200.00

Anonymous

21.03.17

£75.00 (+ £18.75 giftaid)

What a wonderful project ! Good luck

CT-IA

20.03.17

£150.00 (+ £37.50 giftaid)

Evi Kalogianni

20.03.17

£75.00 (+ £18.75 giftaid)

See you at ERGON!

Murray Shanks

17.03.17

£50.00 (+ £12.50 giftaid)

Keep up all the brilliant work. I am sorry I can't make the dinner.

Anonymous

15.03.17

Sadie Coles

15.03.17

£500.00 (+ £125.00 giftaid)