The Kytherian Foundation for Culture and Development (KIPA), the partner organization of MedINA on Kythera, participated in the 37th Fratsia Agricultural Exhibition. In coordination with the manager of the Terra Graeca programme, the initiatives, which are jointly implemented by both organizations on Kythera were presented: Kythera Trails for sustainable tourism and Terra Kytheria for the sustainable development of the island’s food system.
Particular focus was placed on the “Terra Vita” certification, which successfully concluded its first year of implementation in Kythera, resulting in added value for certified Kytherian olive oil. The public was informed, discussions were held with participating producers at the exhibition, and engagement took place with market stakeholders. Information materials and merchandise such as, fabric bags, and Terra Vita t-shirts were distributed to all attending producers and officials, as well as to many visitors. In the coming period, systematic promotion of the certification and certified products, such as Kytherian olive oil, will take place in local, national, and international markets through the “Terra Graeca: Small Farm to Market” program, supported by the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.
The Fratsia Agricultural Exhibition celebrates its 60th year anniversary, contributing significantly to the cultural life of the community and the entire island. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Kytherian Foundation of Culture and Development for the coordination and overall presence, the Cultural Association of Fratsia and Ms. Angeliki Kasimati for their exceptional organization. We also thank the radio station Adelin FM, Ms. Stamantina Tamvaki, and Ms. Eirini Veneri Travasarou for their photographic coverage.
Featured image: Peggy Vassiliou (General Secretary KIPA), Giannis Travasaros (Treasurer, KIPA), Georgios Kasimatis (Chairman, KIPA), Efstratios Harh,alakis (Mayor of Kythera), Giannis Kasimatis (Member, KIPA), Rigas Zafeiriou (Sustainable Food Systems Programme Manager, MedINA). ©Adelin 107,3 FM Κύθηρα
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“Terra Graeca: Small Farm to Market” project aims to empower farmers on Lemnos and Kythera in multiple ways and to foster the sustainable development of the islands’ food systems. With the support of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation we envision thriving local communities in productive and healthy agroecosystems. More information: website MedINA.
The “Terra Kytheria – Sustainable Agriculture in Kythera” project aims to support olive producers and promote kytherian olive oil. Is is based on a cultivation and certification system tailored to local methods, preserving the island’s biodiversity and traditional rural landscapes. The project is being implemented by the Kytherian Foundation for Culture and Development (KIPA) and the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (MedINA) in collaboration with the Kytherian Olive Oil Cooperative of Potamos, the Agricultural Cooperative of Livadi Kythera and the University of the Aegean. More information: website MedINA, website KIPA, Terra Lemnia project.
The Terra Vita certification concerns food produced in Greece using traditional agricultural management methods that benefit biodiversity and the landscape while promoting the local identity of the regions. For further details, please visit: Web.