A LEADER funded project to stimulate the local economy of a remote and depopulating area through the promotion of organic farming.
In a remote, inland region of Portugal with an aging population, a non-profit association used EAFRD, LEADER funds to increase the production of certified organic fruit and vegetables in the area. This was achieved through supporting local farmers to adopt organic farming practices and by improving the marketing of local produce.
50 hectares of land are now farmed organically, with a plan to increase both the number of hectares and the number of active farmers.
This project stimulates both the creation of direct and indirect jobs, and the fair payment of agricultural products, thus reducing economic drivers of depopulation.