The Agroforum Resilient: four challenges to feed the future brought together nine experts from the national agri-food sector and a hundred participants from the business, academic, student, research, entrepreneurial and social spheres who participated in this working and networking day organised by Jovesólides in the framework of the European project InnovAgroWoMed.
During the inauguration at the Caixa Forum Valencia, the General Director of Rural Development, Agri-Food Quality and Organic Production of the Generalitat, David Torres, has claimed 'the importance of social innovation such as the one carried out by Jovesólides, which is essential to face the global challenges that threaten the future of the agri-food sector'. For her part, the President of the organisation, Lourdes Mirón, stated during her welcome that agri-food 'is a current, relevant challenge that involves us all very much and definitely involves us all'. For this reason, she added, 'we have embarked on the adventure of promoting entrepreneurship and the employability of women in a sector which, as we know, is experiencing major difficulties that affect the economy, society, sustainability and the future'.
Beatriz Romanos began the day with a keynote speech in which she explained the latest developments in Agrotech around the world. After a networking lunch, the afternoon focused on the development of four participatory workshops where eight experts from NASA, the Technical University of Valencia, University of Valencia, Jaume I University, AINIA and private consultants guided the attendees in identifying innovative proposals to turn difficulties into opportunities in production, agrotechnology, sustainability and circular economy.
The 'Agroforo Resilient' has also recognised the work of six female entrepreneurs who have been awarded by Jovesólides in the framework of the European project InnovAgroWoMed and have received a grant of €7,500 to start or consolidate their businesses in the agri-food sector. It is about:
The 'Agroforo Resilient: four challenges to feed the future' culminates the European project InnovAgroWomed, in which Jovesólides Spain has worked for three years with partner organisations from Italy, Tunisia and Palestine in the development of a needs assessment, design and implementation of a training programme in the four participating countries. Subsequently, different support services, training, coaching and financial grants have been developed to promote entrepreneurship and facilitate the integration of women in the agri-food sector. Thanks to this experience, 35 women at risk of social exclusion have been trained in Spain and to date, at least 54% of them are already working.
This training takes place in the framework of the European project InnovAgroWomed. To follow all the news of the project, funded by the European Union through the ENI CBC Med programme, follow the hashtag #InnovAgroWomed on social media.