SME ORGANICS: Stakeholders and policymakers learn about Organic Action Plan development in Italy
IFOAM EU, other project partners and regional stakeholders travelled for a second time to Italy for the fourth interregional Field Visit of the SME ORGANICS project. The meeting took place in the North Italian region of Lombardy hosted by the Lombardy Chamber of Commerce.
On day 1 project partners had the opportunity to exchange on the findings of their regional diagnosis of the status of the organic sector in their regions, which will inform the forthcoming the development of their regional organic actions action plans. This was followed by discussions and exchange amongst the partners of initiatives addressing SME competitiveness and public procurement in the Lombardy region, facilitated by Stephen Meredith from IFOAM EU.
The field trip organised on day 2 gave partners and regional stakeholders the opportunity to see practical initiatives of organic development in Lombardy, including visits to organic wine production and several small organic producers.
On day 3, partners and regional partners exchanged further on their regional diagnosis and next steps for the elaboration of their action plans in workshops and plenary sessions facilitated by Nic Lampkin from the Organic Research Centre.
SME ORGANICS seeks to improve policies and programmes under the EU’s Investment for Growth and Jobs goal in order to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of the SMEs in the organic sector of the participating regions. The project aims both at enhancing entrepreneurship but also at supporting existing SMEs in improving their performance.