3.EVA - Experimenting and Initiating Together in the Aude Valley
RDP funding helped improve a meat supply chain in Aude, France, boosting breeders’ income.
In 2013 an area in the Aude Valley, France was designated a ‘local hub for economic cooperation’ – a scheme designed to foster innovative economic initiatives for local development. Under the scheme, the meat supply chain was identified as needing better organisation and promotion.LEADER funding was used to hire a facilitator for one year, working for an organisation called 3.EVA. The organisation coordinated improvements to the meat supply chain, focussing on traceability and better meat quality.
- Higher quality of meat – mostly beef and sheep;
- Better traceability via labels helping to improve marketing;
- An increase in breeders’ revenue;
- An Economic and Environmental Interest Grouping (EEIG) hosted by the local slaughterhouse in Quillan was established;
- A joint programme for on-farm young organic feeder cattle coordinated by BioCivam, was set-up.