Ethics, legality, environmental and social sustainability: common pillars between the path of InnovAgroWoMed and “fa bene Sicilia”.
The study path of our participants is fully in swing. Throughout it, they are encountering stories, experiences, practices of engagement and passion of stakeholders that daily work for the ethical and sustainable growth of the territory.
Following the memorandum of understanding between CESIE and Fondazione Comunitaria di Agrigento e Trapani for the project InnovAgroWoMed, we could not miss the experience of “fa bene”!
Who is fa bene Sicilia?
It is a social community cooperative that promotes social cohesion and the reduction of inequalities through sustainable food.
It came out from a project of Fondazione Comunitaria di Agrigento e Trapani during the 2020’s lockdown. To answer to the enhanced inequalities, the foundation moved from the will to valorise the potentialities of the territory and the agri-food sector is one of them, definitively.
Fa bene Sicilia is inspired by the socio-economic development of the Foundation S-nodi (Turin) featuring it within local context.
The local markets of the model from Turing are replaced by a fair and sustainable e-commerce (online in the next few weeks) with a set of agri-food products from the regional supply chain. The associated producers are selected after a strict check of criteria dealing with quality, ethical, environmental and social aspects.
To buy from the e-commerce you should adhere to Gruppi di Acquisto Familiari – GAF (Ethical purchasing group) made by responsible families that decide to buy together choosing from a catalogue of products from the sustainable short food supply chain, respecting the territories and the rights of workers.
How to combine an e-commerce, that is for its nature a “distant” sales channel with a community project such as “fa bene Sicilia”? Territorial entertainment activities for the families of the GAF are included in the project.
Lastly, the creation of the social cooperative allows making permanent the project’s activities as well as to create labour inclusion paths for vulnerable people that will be employed in the cooperative.
Our participants flooded of questions our guest and a common thought started to growth: could an InnovAgroWoMed Gruppo di Acquisto Familiare come to life?!
To be continued…
About the project
The goal of the project InnovAgroWoMed is to boost women employability and entrepreneurshipin the Agri-food sector, an industry closely linked to the cultural identity of the Mediterranean region and showing a significant level of untapped potential in terms of innovation and growth. InnovAgroWoMed is a project funded by the European Union under ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme.
- Università di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy, coordinator)
- Jovesolides (Spain)
- Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research – CAWTAR (Tunisia)
- Palestinian businesswomen’s association – ASALA (Palestine)
- CESIE (Italy)
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