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URGENCI is the international grassroots network of all forms of regional and Local Solidarity-based Partnerships for Agroecology (LSPAs), of which Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the best-known iteration. As a social movement, Réseau International URGENCI brings together citizens, small-scale food producers, consumers, activists and researchers representing Local Solidarity-based Partnerships for Agroecology networks and initiatives in over 40 countries. Our podcast provides insights into the CSA movement and our our projects.
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S1 - Episode 10 Medcaravan: [SERBIA-SER] - Razumeti i poštovati prirodu kako bi radio sa prirodom

URGENCI PodcastMay 17, 2023

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S1 - Episode 10 Medcaravan: [SERBIA-SER] - Razumeti i poštovati prirodu kako bi radio sa prirodom

S1 - Episode 10 Medcaravan: [SERBIA-SER] - Razumeti i poštovati prirodu kako bi radio sa prirodom

In this episode we interview organic farmer Aleksandar Burić from Serbia, who reveals his philosophy of understanding nature in order to work with it not against it, for the benefit of both humans and Nature.

May 17, 202336:15
S2 - Episode 2: Agroecology in Action Belgium

S2 - Episode 2: Agroecology in Action Belgium

SALSIFI (Supporting Advanced Learning for Stakeholders Involved in Sustainable Food systems Initiatives) is an Erasmus+ Project aiming to develop and implement an innovative transnational education programme reinforcing the capacity of CSA networks and civil servants at local, regional, national and EU levels to engage in collaborative public food policy-making processes.


May 16, 202326:03
S2 - Episode 1 SALSIFI: Improving public school canteens in Italy - Interview with Claudia Paltrinieri from Foodinsider

S2 - Episode 1 SALSIFI: Improving public school canteens in Italy - Interview with Claudia Paltrinieri from Foodinsider

In the first episode of the mini-podcast series for the SALSIFI project we had a chat with the founder of foodinsider.it, an italian parent's advocacy campaign serving as an observatory to monitor the state of school catering services with the aim to improve the quality of food in public school canteens.


SALSIFI (Supporting Advanced Learning for Stakeholders Involved in Sustainable Food systems Initiatives) is an Erasmus+ Project aiming to develop and implement an innovative transnational education programme reinforcing the capacity of CSA networks and civil servants at local, regional, national and EU levels to engage in collaborative public food policy-making processes.


May 10, 202328:24
S1-Episode 9 Medcaravan: [ITALY-EN] - Martha and the Cascina Bagaggera farm

S1-Episode 9 Medcaravan: [ITALY-EN] - Martha and the Cascina Bagaggera farm

From Croatia, we headed to Northern Italy. Our next and last stop for this trip, was at the Cascina Bagaggera, a successful woman-led organic farm with multiple agricultural and social activities. There, we met with Martha Galimberti, the farm manager, who told us about the farm's history and how it evolved to what it is today thanks to the engagement of the community around.


“The Mediterranean Caravan: Learning and Sharing Agroecology” podcast aims to show that agroecological practices help to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and rural poverty with a focus on the Mediterranean region. This podcast is part of an ERASMUS+ educational project that aims to collect, valorise and share local and innovative knowledge about agroecological practices by creating high-quality educational materials and turning community members into disseminators.

Apr 20, 202323:48
S1-Episode 8 Medcaravan: [CROATIA-EN] - Dražen and Alen's eco-social community

S1-Episode 8 Medcaravan: [CROATIA-EN] - Dražen and Alen's eco-social community

After Serbia, we headed by car to Croatia. Our next stop was at the "Recycled Estate," an educational center and eco-social community near Zagreb managed by the ZMAG association (Green network of activist groups). There, we were hosted by Dražen and Alen who introduced us to this inspiring space and the activities it offers around agroecology, natural building, and much more.


“The Mediterranean Caravan: Learning and Sharing Agroecology” podcast aims to show that agroecological practices help to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and rural poverty with a focus on the Mediterranean region. This podcast is part of an ERASMUS+ educational project that aims to collect, valorise and share local and innovative knowledge about agroecological practices by creating high-quality educational materials and turning community members into disseminators.

Apr 13, 202324:35
S1-Episode 7 Medcaravan: [SERBIA-EN] - Demijan's regenerative garden

S1-Episode 7 Medcaravan: [SERBIA-EN] - Demijan's regenerative garden

After visiting Serbia's countryside, we returned to Belgrade's metropolitan area. Our next stop was at a regenerative garden, 45 minutes north of Belgrade. This garden is run by Demijan, a passionate practitioner of agroecology, who has turned a barren land into a lush peri-urban oasis that attracts visitors of all ages.


“The Mediterranean Caravan: Learning and Sharing Agroecology” podcast aims to show that agroecological practices help to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and rural poverty with a focus on the Mediterranean region. This podcast is part of an ERASMUS+ educational project that aims to collect, valorise and share local and innovative knowledge about agroecological practices by creating high-quality educational materials and turning community members into disseminators.

Apr 06, 202331:22
S1-Episode 6 Medcaravan: [SERBIA - EN] - Mirko and Sara's Cheesemaking Farm in Serbia

S1-Episode 6 Medcaravan: [SERBIA - EN] - Mirko and Sara's Cheesemaking Farm in Serbia

Our next stop was at Mirko’s and Sara’s cheesemaking farm in southwest Serbia. We took a mountain road near the Bosnian border to reach Mirko’s farm. This farm, established generations ago by his family, is located on the snowy outskirts of the village. Mirko is a self-trained, young cheesemaker who made many changes to his parents’ dairy farm.


“The Mediterranean Caravan: Learning and Sharing Agroecology” podcast aims to show that agroecological practices help to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and rural poverty with a focus on the Mediterranean region. This podcast is part of an ERASMUS+ educational project that aims to collect, valorise and share local and innovative knowledge about agroecological practices by creating high-quality educational materials and turning community members into disseminators.

Feb 22, 202318:22
S1-Episode 5 Medcaravan: [ITALY - IT]- Italia con Roberta Billiteri - Slow Food

S1-Episode 5 Medcaravan: [ITALY - IT]- Italia con Roberta Billiteri - Slow Food

Here we are at the last podcast of our series Mediterranean agroecology for women, in this podcast you can listen to Roberta Billitteri's testimony. Roberta has a farm in the Sicilian hinterland, on the Madonie Mountains, where, with her project the taste of colours, she produces quality food, rooted in Sicilian agrobiodiversity and gastronomy. Roberta is also the first producer on the national board of Slow food. Therefore, it is both through the work on the territory where she lives and works, and in the national network, that Roberta tells us about her experience of leadership, with a sensitive and capable look at the potential of a cooperative and collectivist approach.

Roberta, contributes in our podcast journey, and restores meaning to the issue of gender, but also to the role of the leader, in the agri-food networks that we see as sustainable.


“The Mediterranean Caravan: Learning and Sharing Agroecology” podcast aims to show that agroecological practices help to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and rural poverty with a focus on the Mediterranean region. This podcast is part of an ERASMUS+ educational project that aims to collect, valorise and share local and innovative knowledge about agroecological practices by creating high-quality educational materials and turning community members into disseminators.

Mar 29, 202234:09
S1-Episode 4 Medcaravan: [ITALY - IT]- Italia con Francesca Ercoli - Il Salto

S1-Episode 4 Medcaravan: [ITALY - IT]- Italia con Francesca Ercoli - Il Salto

We continue with our podcast series and this time we are delighted to introduce Francesca Ercoli of the Il Salto Azienda Agricola Project.

Francesca manages to tell us not only how she and her partner managed to transform a small piece of land, in a landscape characterised by wheat monoculture, into a multifunctional agro-ecological farm that does production and training.

Her testimony makes us understand the challenge of generational clashes in the agrarian world. Francesca also succeeds in giving us an interesting insight into the complementarity between male and female and the power of complementarity in the family that practices peasant agriculture.  Certainly, Francesca, like Marta, brings to light the limits of social policies in the agrarian world, relating to motherhood and fatherhood, an essential element that is increasingly emerging to revitalise and transform our agrifood system.

The vision of leadership that this testimony gives us is accompanied by the ability to receive 'continuous feedback' with all those with whom the project continuously dialogues, grows and builds community.  In short, Francesca explains to us, among other things, the steps that lead to an agroecological community and this too seems to us an essential contribution to our discussion on Mediterranean agroecology.


“The Mediterranean Caravan: Learning and Sharing Agroecology” podcast aims to show that agroecological practices help to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and rural poverty with a focus on the Mediterranean region. This podcast is part of an ERASMUS+ educational project that aims to collect, valorise and share local and innovative knowledge about agroecological practices by creating high-quality educational materials and turning community members into disseminators.

Mar 22, 202228:36
S1-Episode 3 Medcaravan: [ITALY - IT]- Italia con Martina Lo Cascio

S1-Episode 3 Medcaravan: [ITALY - IT]- Italia con Martina Lo Cascio

Here is the second podcast in the series "Mediterranean agroecology for women", that is, the second of a cycle of four podcasts recorded together with women who talk to us about 4 very interesting and different agroecology projects.
Today Martina Lo Cascio speaks to us, active in the Contadinazioni collective and in the Fuori Mercato network. The story of these projects brings out important aspects of agroecology, such as solidarity between workers, access to quality food, the development of the ability to work independently from vertical and unsustainable labor systems.
When we talk about social agroecology, an essential aspect of agroecology, we also talk about this. We are therefore excited to present production, distribution, trade unionism and networking practices, which confirm that it can be done.
What emerges, even from this testimony, is a vision of leadership that tries to cleanse itself of the ego and that tries to put together, not without difficulty, technical intelligence with the emotional one. The difficulties, of course, are also of gender. It emerges from the interview that some of these come from those characteristics that the patriarchal approach to leadership has identified as aspects of authority.
Perhaps these are the same difficulties that a "feminist leadership", rather than female, as Martina specifies, can and must deconstruct. Martina also helps us to reflect on something too little discussed in our networks, intersectionality, that is, that privilege, as well as deprivation and conflict, elements to pay attention to for true sustainability, are always to be looked at through different "glasses" worn. at the same time, and which always condition us: not only the gender but the ethnic group and the socio-economic class to which we belong.
Martina works as a researcher studying the agri-food chains, the conflicts and contradictions that arise in these. Tireless, she contributes with her work of social and political activism to the existence of local and network projects that allow agroecology to lead us all towards more social justice. For all these elements, and others, that Martina's testimony brings, we invite you to listen.
Thanks to "Formidable Vegetable" for the song "Get together" used in the podcast

Mar 15, 202227:50
S1-Episode 2 Medcaravan: [ITALY - IT] - Italia La Terra è DONNA con Marta Galimberti di Cascina Bagaggera

S1-Episode 2 Medcaravan: [ITALY - IT] - Italia La Terra è DONNA con Marta Galimberti di Cascina Bagaggera

Deafal's contribution to this March 8th is the first of a cycle of 4 podcasts recorded together with women who tell us about 4 interesting and different agroecology projects. Their voices tell, on the one hand, how agroecology is interpreted daily through objectives and practices. On the other hand, some aspects of how the gender issue intersects in daily and professional life and presents itself in ways that break stereotypes crystallized in the rural and agri-food world.
Thanks to "Formidable Vegetable" for the song "Get together"

In the first podcast of this series, we will hear Marta Baggagera from the Cascina Baggagera project, located between Monza and Lecco. The project, as she defines it, is a "somewhat varied" agricultural and livestock farm where between 15 and 20 people work on 25 hectares. They work with goats, chickens, pigs, some fruit trees, cereals and forage. . "An organic company that has always been oriented beyond organic for some years because organic is little compared to everything that is agroecology, that is, environmental sustainability, social ethics and energy." The Cascina Baggagera is also an agritourism, which offers tastings, and a non-profit association that takes care of disabled children. The sale is almost entirely direct, for the "choice of letting the consumer live the company." In fact, as Marta says "having the consumers involved showed more and more the benefits than the negative things of this choice ”.
https://www.bagaggera.eu/
https://www.facebook.com/bagaggera

“The Mediterranean Caravan: Learning and Sharing Agroecology” podcast aims to show that agroecological practices help to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and rural poverty with a focus on the Mediterranean region. This podcast is part of an ERASMUS+ educational project that aims to collect, valorise and share local and innovative knowledge about agroecological practices by creating high-quality educational materials and turning community members into disseminators.

Mar 08, 202223:52
S1-Episode 1 Medcaravan: What is Agroecology?

S1-Episode 1 Medcaravan: What is Agroecology?

In this episode, we speak to several organisations about how they work with agroecology and what it means for farmers, consumers and communities. 


“The Mediterranean Caravan: Learning and Sharing Agroecology” podcast aims to show that agroecological practices help to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change, and rural poverty with a focus on the Mediterranean region. This podcast is part of an ERASMUS+ educational project that aims to collect, valorise and share local and innovative knowledge about agroecological practices by creating high-quality educational materials and turning community members into disseminators.

Feb 24, 202224:05