Can we protect biodiversity and preserve our traditional landscapes, while developing value chains to support farmers?
“By applying an integrated approach, we use smart farming tools and group processes, in order to develop an adaptive and effective ‘certification ecosystem’, accessible to producers”. Sustainable Food Systems Programme Manager of MedINA, Rigas Zafeiriou, presented the “smart” certification Terra Vita, for the valorisation of the rich food heritage of Greece, at the two-day conference “Approaching a sustainable agrifood future. Society – Environment – New Technologies” which was organized by Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation in Kalamata.
Lefteris Arapakis Director of Enaleia, George Sarelakos Head of Aegean Rebreath, and Nikos Kyriakidis alternative tourism trainer of the American Farm School, participated in the same panel, which was facilitated by Evdokia Krystallidou, Head of the Innovation & Impact Hub of the American Farm School.
The presentations and fruitful discussions during the two-day event synthesized a dynamic understanding of the Greek agricultural sector, which is facing critical challenges such as the adaptation to the climate crisis, the adoption of new digital technologies, the promotion of synergies between producers and knowledge institutions and the support of youth entrepreneurship