SME ORGANICS: Stakeholders and policymakers learn about organic action plan development in southwest France
IFOAM EU, other project partners and regional stakeholders travelled to Nouvelle-Aquitaine, in the South of France, for the sixth interregional Field Visit of the SME ORGANICS project. The visit was hosted by INTERBIO– representing the organic sector in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
On day 1, project partners learned from the regions of Aargau (Switzerland), Navarra (Spain) and Puglia (Italy) about how they are progressing with the development of their organic action plans. This was followed by a focused discussion on effective stakeholder engagement during the development and implementation of their action plans.
On day 2, participants had opportunity learn about different organic initiatives taking place in Nouvelle-Aquitaine including presentations about the organisation of INTERBIO and more specifically its activities in organic catering. This was followed by presentations on how different organic actors are cooperating in organic cereal storage and processing (Val Bio Ouest) and regional marketing of organic products (Bio Sud Ouest France). Afterwards participants have the chance to visit an organic incubator farm project working with new entrants in the commune of Marmande and southwest platform of the producer-consumer coop (Biocoop).
On the final day, participants reflected on some of the different best practice examples that have been considered as part of the project so far, both in terms of their relevance for action plan development and the scope to new similar initiative using public support. The next field visit will take place in Northwest Romania in November.
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.