Central European Women Farmers Gathering 2015 had just finished in Serbia. About 20 female organic producers from 9 countries of the central Europe gathered for the first time.
During the gathering, women farmers got to the conclusion that they share same problems in countries represented. These problems are mostly related to the current European legislation model which doesn’t recognize small producers as different from agricultural companies putting them in a same position this way. “It is not possible for a small producers to fulfil all the standards and requests of the authorities when it comes to production and market access. We are just too small to compete big companies and therefore, different rules should be set for us.” Nevena, wine producer from Serbia said. As a solution for the current situation, women recognized a cooperatives as a networking model for sharing resources, experiences and easier access to market of the organic food.
Central European Women Farmers Gathering 2015 included five intense days of workshops on organic market and networks. Broken up into groups, they developed a short business plan for selling their products receiving personal consultancy. Program also included discussion on WWOOF – having a volunteering helpers on the farm, recycling paper workshop, organic market, product and seed exchange, field trip to livestock farm and rural tourism business held by a woman. Last day of the event, participants visited Dairy School to learn about the famous Pirot’s yellow hard cheese (called: kackavalj) production, as well as green market to meet local products.
Central European Women Farmers Gathering 2015 was hosted by Amma – Center for the Care of People and Nature and funded by the Central European Initiative. Partner were global Federation of WWOOF Organisations and Pirot Municipality.
Have a look at the CEWFG 2015 gallery.