The EU chestnuts market has been experiencing a strong growth in demand for organic chestnut products for the last 10 years. This demand is unsatisfied in volume, so it has to rely on non-EU imports to be satisfied. The Project aims at enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chestnut farmers and producers.

 

The main objectives are:

  • Develop specific knowledge on production and promotion of Organic Chestnuts & Chestnut Products through a tailor made training course for farmers & producers.
  • Support chestnut farmers & chestnut products producers to enter the market of Organic Chestnuts & Chestnut Products in order to enhance their development opportunities and their growth potential.
  • Raise awareness in chestnuts & chestnut groves as part of cultural, historical and landscape heritage of the countries that produce them.
  • Promote sustainable agricultural farming & encourage the application of organic farming among new and existing chestnut farmers and producers.

To answer this needs, EcoChestnut proposes

  • The EcoChestnut Learning Model
  • A Training Course on Organic Chestnuts & Chestnut Products
  • A Manual for Trainers
  • A Guidebook on Certification of Organic Chestnuts
  • A Handbook on “Utilize the potential of the chestnut groves”

 

The project is running from November 2019 to April 2022.