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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Serbia 2015
In response to the increasing environmental degradation, deterioration in the quality of food and the growing threat to the health of the human population, an organic farming concept was developed. It is a management system that seeks to employ ethically acceptable, environmentally clean, socially equitable and economically profitable agricultural production methods, by putting the spotlight on human health and respecting the natural ecological balance by avoiding pollution. The economy of Serbia is very much dependent on agriculture which has traditionally been providing jobs for the rural population, while also being a vital source for the food processing industry. With the modern industrial way of food production, traditional crops production is becoming less competitive at the world markets. At the same time Serbia possesses high quality soil, not polluted yet by pesticides and fertilizers, rather small pieces of land which are optimal for diversification of crops and production of organic food. Although the potential for development of organic production was obvious in the beginning of the project in 2010, only 0.3% (around 4,500 ha) of agricultural land were under organic production in Serbia which was far behind to the rest of Europe where, on average, 15% of the area are under organic production. One of the main reasons of underdeveloped organic agriculture and production was the fact that there was no adequate institutional support or support in education, so the farmers and producers were mostly working with high risks. The objective of the project was to educate individual farmers and other target groups (producers, processors, agronomists, marketing experts, local authorities and agriculture advisers) about organic production by establishing an international school of organic agriculture. Through a comprehensive media campaign and project promotion on a national level, the stakeholders and general public were informed about advantages of organic production, its significance in environment protection, preservation of biodiversity and production of healthy and safe food. 353 participants from 12 cities took part in the educational program and 10 education modules were organized with 18 lecturers and 231 participants. 20 TV and radio shows as well as 10 press conferences were held and 2,000 leaflets and a homepage with information about the project were created. A normal library and an e-book library were established which resulted in 1,200 downloads and 224 rented books. Furthermore, a consulting center was opened to inform the public and stakeholders about the advantages and importance of organic agriculture.
In this world there is space for everyone.
Farming practices harmful to the environment and the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers fuels lead to pollution and degraded soil, leaving a damaged environment to future generations. This year´s National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Serbia developed an organic farming concept in response to the increasing environmental degradation, deterioration in the quality of food and the growing threat to the health of the human population. A win-win situation for both: Humans and environment.