Available in: Share article

Italian municipalities with numerous initiatives in support of agriculture

A call to support quality local food and agricultural production and an invitation to transform the circular economy from a mere slogan to an entire lifestyle

  • April 13, 2020 21:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
Medium food

The Italian municipalities and all interested parties organize various initiatives to guarantee the regular supply of national agri-food products to all citizens. The closure of markets and city sales centres due to the physical constraints that are currently being applied has created serious problems for the agriculture business during these difficult times.

During the coronavirus pandemic in Italy, the difficulties in agriculture can be observed in the lack of manpower in the maintenance and care of the fields. There is a shortage of nine thousand employees, 75% of whom are seasonal foreign workers.

Numerous good examples coming from the Italian municipalities

The Municipality of Giaveno in Piedmont, for example, has launched the #madeinpiemonte and #choosepiedmontese campaign. The municipality invites its citizens to support the consumption of food and wine products of the Piedmontese food chain.

The Municipality of Impruneta in the metropolitan city of Florence has launched a fundraising campaign that goes through the purchase of products from local farms. The initiative has two objectives - to support local companies and their products and to help Careggi Hospital in the emergency against coronavirus. One can spend a minimum of 20 euros with 10% of the profit going towards a worthy cause as a donation.

The mayor of Cantagallo, a municipality in the province of Prato, has invited all citizens to specifically support the local economy through purchases for the Easter table. The Mayor of the Municipality of Genuri made a double gift to all citizens - a protective mask and a book on local almond growing in support of more traditional agricultural activities.

In the cities of Emilia Romagna, thanks to the Campagna Amica, it is possible to deliver the goods requested by citizens directly from the farms. There are many other similar initiatives for the municipalities that have joined the #spentathome campaign.

Like the article? Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest from the EU cities right into your inbox.