CARREFOUR SUMMED UP THE "BIO DEMOCRATIZATION" GRANT PROJECT DURING ORGANIC HARVEST FESTIVAL

CARREFOUR SUMMED UP THE "BIO DEMOCRATIZATION" GRANT PROJECT DURING ORGANIC HARVEST FESTIVAL

  • 16.09.2019
  • Food transition

Carrefour promoted organic food at the National Ecological Harvest Festival "Colors of Summer, Gifts of Autumn" in Przysiek. The event was also an opportunity to summarize a project supporting 20 organic farmers - "Democratization of bio". The Carrefour Foundation provided funding for the initiative, in the amount of EUR 120,000.

The National Organic Harvest Festival this year gathered a wide group of farmers and organic producers as well as people interested in the subject of bio products. The honorary guest of the meeting was the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski. During the official part, led by the Director of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Agricultural Advisory Center in Przysiek, Ryszard Kamiński and Mieczysław Babalski, an organic farmer, Justyna Orzeł, Vice President and Secretary General of Carrefour Polska, spoke and pointed out the priorities of the company implementing the strategy of nutritional transformation and expressed recognition to organic producers. She also invited all guests to the Carrefour stand, which presented a wide range of bio products available on a daily basis in chain stores. The climax of the meeting was the conference summarizing the project "Democratization of bio" combined with tasting of products produced by farmers participating in the project.

The "Democratization of bio" project was implemented by the AgriNatura Foundation. Its purpose was to increase the quantity and diversity of organic vegetables on the market by providing support to family farms necessary for the development and diversification of bio vegetable production on the domestic market. As part of the project, support was provided to 20 farms run in seven voivodships throughout Poland through investments, numerous training sessions and potential development, focusing on the development of vegetable production and biodiversity in agriculture.

Under the "Democratization of bio" project, over EUR 120,000 was allocated to implement specific actions. The effect of the conducted activities is, among others increasing the area for vegetable cultivation in 3/4 of the farms involved in the project - in some, there was even a double increase in the area for vegetable cultivation. Farmers produced more than 1,800 tons of organic vegetables - vs 1,300 tons in 2018. The average increase in production is about 30% compared to the previous year, but for some farms it was even 200%! What's more, farmers have developed a range of their crops, introducing 20 new species or varieties of vegetables. Educational activities have contributed to the increase of knowledge, competence and mutual cooperation and support among project participants. The family situation of organic farms has also improved.