Supporting Greece through agriculture
“Thought for Food” is designed to support individual farmers, small businesses and cooperatives active in the production of five flagship Greek agricultural product categories: olives and olive products, honey, animal products, fruits and vegetables (specifically Florina pepper, beans and chestnut) and aromatic plants.
Direct beneficiaries of this programme can be individual farmers, small businesses and cooperatives, new and existing exporters and traders, living in different regions of Greece. Direct beneficiaries are selected by the programme’s partners, as the programme’s aim is to include farmers that have both great needs 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 programme involves
A two-tiered approach is implemented to support the production, processing and exporting of five flagship product categories: olives and olive products, honey, fruits and vegetables, aromatic plants and products of animal origin, as follows:
- 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.
The prorgramme is 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 programme 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.
To implement this programme, the Bodossaki Foundation has joined forces 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 Center for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) in Thessaloniki, one of the leading research Institutes in Europe.