ARVAIA: Enhancing profitability of organic wheat production in Italy

Country: Italy, Emila-Romagna Region

Topic: Organic and regenerative peri-urban farming

Description: Arvaia is an agricultural cooperative in Bologna organised as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Members directly participate in the basic choices and financing, sharing the risks and benefits of farming and receiving equal shares of the harvests.

Main actors involved: The Working Groups are the production units of the cooperative: they operate in the specific areas of management and competence and are endowed with financial (within the limits of the budget) and technical-functional autonomy. They are composed of working (among which farming) members and collaborators and, where deemed necessary, make use of external professionals on specific issues. Members participate directly in the basic choices and financing, sharing the risks and benefits of farming and receiving equal shares of the harvests.

Objective: Produce their own organic food directly as a community of citizens​. Fair prices and employment opportunities for farmers. Responsible consumption of healthy and affordable food. Safeguarding the balance between land and the environment in a peri-urban context​. The cooperative has a mutual purpose, and aims to carry out its core activities mainly for the benefit of its cooperative members, so as to provide them with employment opportunities and permanent employment in the organic farming sector.

Sustainable practices: Arvaia produces adopting organic techniques aiming to shift toward principles of agroecology. It organises various activities related to its active community in the area.

Contact person: matteo.masotti8@unibo.it , camilla.sgroi@unibo.it