Sustainability and ecological footprint: our future agri-food professionals are responsible and sustainable women, first.
Sustainability of products, sustainability of production process, responsible consumption choices: for InnovAgroWoMed project, all these aspects must be carefully taken into consideration by those working in the agri-food sector.
This reflection and awareness should start from the analysis of our own lifestyle, definitively. “I can’t believe” has been one of the most common reaction after the participants of the professional path have calculated their ecological footprint.
How many Earths do we need to support our today’s consumption of natural resources?
We can discover it by calculating the ecological footprint. It measures the amount of environment necessary to produce the resources consumed by human demand (M. Wackernagel, W. Rees, “Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth”, 1996).
Here some tools to calculate it:
The theme of sustainability is one of the core pillars of the training path. The focus on the 2030 Agenda has been considered fundamental and specific focus has been given to the sustainable goals addressing food security through sustainable agriculture (SDGs 2 and 12) and to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems (SDG 15).
Thus, the participants had the chance to reflect about the impact of agri-food supply chain and how modern production and food processing techniques can be efficient while respecting the environment.
Our participants are fully aware that #2030isnow and with this increased understanding their training path is going on.
Knowledge about food raw materials, certifications in the food sector, and…a lot is about to come!
Our story continues…
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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