Emilia-Romagna Region promotes food systems sustainability, starting from crop and livestock production, which play an important role in land conservation. In accordance with the Farm to Fork Strategy, it aims to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly, during all the steps from primary production to consumption.
With this objective in mind, the Region supports investments aimed at improving farm animal welfare, optimizing nutrient use efficiency and water consumption and reducing emissions; on the other hand, varietal research and biodiversity increase are encouraged. Furthermore, it supports technology and management upgrade to strengthen quality and sustainability of productions and to improve resilience to climate change.
Emilia-Romagna invests in training and information, funds short food chains, promotes organic farming and integrated production with the objective, by 2030, to reach over 45% of the region’s agricultural land with low impact farming, with a 25% of organic agriculture (currently at 19%, June 2022 data).
At an international level, the Directorate of Agriculture is partner in Life ADA project, which is focused on developing knowledge and planning tools that associations of producers and farmers can use to adapt to climate change, and is a reference partner in Lowinfood project, funded with Horizon 20202. Lowinfood partners are working on technology, social and management innovations for the reduction of food loss and waste and our region can bring its experience, especially with the software for the management of food surplus withdrawals from market.
In Emilia-Romagna are present 17 Slow Food presidia: institutions are close to producers as they are daily and carefully protecting these food and agricultural treasures, telling a story of flavours, landscapes and traditions from our rich, generous and extraordinary land.