Enhancing Sustainable Agricultural Production. From Farm to Table: the Case of Oliena, Sardinia

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Explain your idea in details:

With linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 11 and 12, we stand for sustainable rural growth along with responsible production and consumption behaviors, to create a safe rural environment in which local populations are able to benefit from natural and locally-available resources. The pilot will result in sustainable agricultural production, relying more on locally-produced goods and less on imported assets, thereby raising productivity of the local farmers. Local biological products will be sold on local markets through the creation of a circular economy that will not only benefit local producers but also local consumers. In fact, through such market we plan to generate income and job opportunities for vulnerable groups and unused human capital - unemployed women and youth groups; bolster larger amounts of money flowing through rural areas; and stimulate growth in other areas as well. Second, through a direct dialogue, we stand for partnership between farmers and industries producing food packaging. In the perspective of a circular metabolism-driven development, such dialogue will home in on the creation of a zero waste society, by building a sound material-cycle society through the effective use of resources and materials. Third, the community overall will benefit from the project, in that it enhances the safeguard of the local environment, by avoiding over-consumption of natural resources; promoting sustainable production processes; lowering the impact of human and agricultural activities on the local environment; and offering comprehensive environmental education programs, including workshops, awareness campaign, and sensitization activities.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

We locally implemented an education program in order to sensitize local populations on more responsible consumption trends and best practices to sustain the growth of local agricultural activities, as follows: -Ensuring a sustainable economic and social development within a regional and national policy frame. -Limiting the consumption of virgin materials, and fostering the 3Rs principles approach through community awareness and the promotion of good practices. -Reducing generation of waste at the production stage, by changing chain supply operations. -Achieving higher levels of agricultural productivity through technological upgrading. -Promoting development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro- and small-sized urban farms. -Implementing resilient agricultural practices, relying upon sustainable food production and supply chain; upon market offer and demand centered around trade of locally-available and locally-produced goods; and upon integration of traditional practices with more sustainable techniques. -Enhancing sustainable production and consumption of natural resources, including protection of biodiversity and local habitats, animal genetic conservation, and re-vegetation strategies. -Increasing investment in sustainable agriculture in inner rural areas to enhance capacity and productivity of local farmers. Therefore, our short-term impacts are comprised of an increased use of local resources to benefit local farmers and producers. On one hand an online agency will connect farmers in need with landowners. On the other hand, the inhabitants will set up the necessary linkages to support local markets and products, including distribution of local bio-products to restaurants and cooperative grocery market by unemployed inhabitants; use of organic waste as fertilizer in local farms; diffused kitchen held by inhabitants in the building courts. In the medium and long run, we propose a more inclusive policy framework, including integration of the industrial recycling process through simple and cost-effective actions.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

This project stems from our masters thesis project, elaborated under the supervision of Professor Eugenio Morello and Arch. Giuseppe Boi, and addressing waste management systems and rural development in Sardinia. The strategies aims at creating linkages between the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability, by giving local inhabitants and farmers a mainstream role in local development. Three target organizations will perform actions in each stream, by working closely with inhabitants and farmers in the role of key players. Secondly, increased generation of waste materials is a major concern both in developing and developed countries. With urban centers and economies growing bigger and bigger, we need to adapt local production systems and consumption trends to more sustainable policy framework, protecting local basins of natural resources and operating within the planetary boundaries. For the project to be financially sustainable in its initial phase, it will rely on private donation and grant money. In particular, we are launching crowdfunding campaigns on online platforms, aimed at providing the initial investment to implement the pilot project locally and provide local workers with adequate equipment and vehicles. Moreover, we are applying to public international competitions offering grants and financial resources to local communities and supporting local businesses. By leveraging on an initial investment from private donors, we aim to propagate the life cycle of organic materials and plastic consumption to generate income for farmers and workers in the waste sector, thereby achieving financial sustainability. Through the creation of a circular economy in Sardinias rural settlements, in which income is able to be generated from plastic products and food consumed, the entire micro-economy of the town is also projected to benefit from the implementation of this project.

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Your profile

Carol Maione is a 25-years-old graduate in Urban Planning and Policy Design in the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy and candidate in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, currently working as a Campus Coordinator for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth, with the aim of promoting SDGs and connecting youth among ideas of sustainable development. Negar Aliakbarshirazi is 32-years-old graduating in Master of Urban Planning and Policy Design in the Department of Architecture and Urban studies at Politecnico di Milano. Currently working as external collaborator at Presting srl, Architecture and Engineering Studio in Milan on possible solutions for Sustainable Development of Rural Settlements. Given our background and our common interest in waste management, we teamed up in order to propose sustainable solutions promoting enhancement of the local communities and sustainable production and consumption (with linkages to the SDG12) in the city of Oliena, Sardinia (Italy). This research is centered around ideas of urban metabolism in rural contexts, sustainable production and consumption of resources, zero waste societies, and impacts on natural ecosystems due to improper environmental practices. Previous awards and recognitions are comprised of Sustainable Development Goals-related competition, including the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youths Youth Solutions Report 2017 and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Fondazione Italiana Accenture, Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinellis Youth in Action for SDGs 2017; projects publication, including Youth Solutions Report by SDSN Youth and Inaugural report of the Youth Commission on Science, Engineering, & Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prosperity in a Changing World - Review of SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, & 14 by UNMGCY; and projects presentation in the IAPS 2017 Symposium, Dar es Salaam, and Fifth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

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Comments

August 31, 2017 23:21

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 21:32

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 21:32

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 21:32

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 20:30

hi,
All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 20:30

hi,
All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 19:55

Comrades,
In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 17:36

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 17:07

What a journey! I am truly amazed.
I read so many good thoughts including yours. UNESCO did a truly amazing job. And if you have already not read it, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Bye for now!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 31, 2017 16:34

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU FOR READING MY PROPOSAL. I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ONCE GAIN A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK

August 31, 2017 14:03

Hello!
There are less than 12 hours before the end of this competition and we speak about the last day, last changes.. last comments. It is very exciting and I congratulate you for all the activity and time you put into this. I wish you good luck for your future plans! Keep dreaming!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 05:41

Hi, it's great to read your innovative idea which could help our community in different aspects. It is not easy to go through all the stages and congratulation for your great ideas, hope to see your idea will come true soon.
I would like to invite you to read, comment and even vote for my idea 'Boosting economic growth in Africa with solar energy'. If you find it great, please also share it with your friends. Thank you very much.

August 30, 2017 22:45

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 30, 2017 22:01

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Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra K

August 30, 2017 20:19

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Dear fellow entrepreneur:
(i) I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
(ii) May I also request that you please have a look at my idea called EDU-CELL. If it is relevant in your country, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with more details to you. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
All the very best!
Shuhra

August 30, 2017 15:33

Hello,
Thank you for all comments and votes and for your effort you have put into this community! There are less than 48 hours before the end of this competition and I encourage you to not give up! Keep alive your dreams!
Best wishes and good luck for the implementation of your idea!

August 30, 2017 15:33

Hello,
Thank you for all comments and votes and for your effort you have put into this community! There are less than 48 hours before the end of this competition and I encourage you to not give up! Keep alive your dreams!
Best wishes and good luck for the implementation of your idea!

August 30, 2017 06:28

Greetings my Colleague ,

Thank you for participating in that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends here , I hope you achieve your dreams & good luck with your Idea.
thanks again & best wishes for you.

Ahmed

August 30, 2017 02:20

Hello,

This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 29, 2017 02:47

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 16:17

hiii,
its a pleasure to have you around as you are trying to improve the society somehow.Congratulations for all the hard work you have done so far.
Bests Regards for your project...

August 28, 2017 16:17

hiii,
its a pleasure to have you around as you are trying to improve the society somehow.Congratulations for all the hard work you have done so far.
Bests Regards for your project...

August 28, 2017 15:44

Hello My Friend!

Thank you for being here all this while. Your dreams are valid and your project is very viable. Keep thriving and best will keep coming your way.

Best of Luck.

August 28, 2017 10:46

Hello,
Being a part of India's well known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realised that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "pre-mortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

Regards,
Team GreenSpace.

August 27, 2017 15:55

Hi,
Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!
Regards,
Andrei

August 27, 2017 15:55

Hi,
Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!
Regards,
Andrei

August 27, 2017 15:16

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 13:56

Dear Entrepreneur,

It's a new day and few days to the end of the competition. It has been nice and encouraging having you here, on this platform. I wish to appreciate you.

Best of Luck!

August 26, 2017 16:25

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have show so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
CISTEM
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 15:15

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea.
As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of Luck!

August 26, 2017 15:12

Hello,

To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at: http://gadaauniverse.com/

Kind regards

August 25, 2017 12:40

Hello,
There are just a few days before the end of this stage of the competition and I want to congratulate you for all your effort you put into. All these ideas came from brilliant minds and I am sure the best one will win. I hope you will continue this idea and make impact for the local community and why not for all the world.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 25, 2017 00:22

Hello Carol!

As your idea aims to promote quality and sustainable agriculture, what are the challenges do you believe you may encounter during it's implementation?

Thank you.

August 24, 2017 17:18

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

Just a short note of motivation and encouragement for you.
Never give up, never quit, there's so much more you can achieve with this idea...

Stay Motivated World Changer!

August 24, 2017 15:47

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney

Just a short note of motivation and encouragement for you.
Never give up, never quit, there's so much more you can achieve with this idea...

Stay Motivated World Changer!

August 24, 2017 08:50

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments)

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 20:23

My warm greetings to you!
I have read your initiative and must applaud the same. I was just wondering if ALL the entries in this contest go deep and spread around the world, wont the world be a better place? Please join me in applauding this contest for bringing out the best in us. May I also request that you please have a look at my idea called EDU-CELL. If it is relevant in your country, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with more details to you. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
Congratulations and all the best!!
Warmly,
Shuhra

August 23, 2017 19:54

Hello
As we are about to the very end of this competition I give you a bit of encouragement and yet the fact. The competition may reach to an end but the efforts you have shown to your community is great and long lasting, People may come and go but ideas stays forever. This platform is like a family or a classroom where we share all our strength and experience to solve Community challenges.
Your idea is real life touching and I hope you're making more good progress to take it into its full potential no matter what challenge you may face..Never give up.
You may wish to share your experience in my idea
ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE FOCUSING FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY LEVEL
Best of luck!
Uledi Kimbavala
"ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE"

August 23, 2017 19:18

Hello
As we are about to the very end of this competition I give you a bit of encouragement and yet the fact. The competition may reach to an end but the efforts you have shown to your community is great and long lasting, People may come and go but ideas stays forever. This platform is like a family or a classroom where we share all our strength and experience to solve Community challenges.
Your idea is real life touching and I hope you're making more good progress to take it into its full potential no matter what challenge you may face..Never give up.
You may wish to share your experience in my idea
ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE FOCUSING FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY LEVEL
Best of luck!
Uledi Kimbavala
"ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE"

August 23, 2017 16:42

Hi,
After going through your idea, I firmly believe that you can successfully convert it to an executable project and help the society grow in a sustainable manner. I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments). Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants, and using that space for a multitude of activities. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 15:16

Hello Champion!

According to Wednesday's Inspiration from Youth Citizenship Entrepreneurship Competition: Don't wish it were easy, wish you were better.

Champion, we should always keep forging ahead, refining ourselves and ideas until we improve the world.

Best of Luck!

August 23, 2017 08:28

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your idea and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view; youtube.com/watch?v=s3x-_yRRUrk

All the best to you in you Idea!

Cheers
Anita Mbah.

August 22, 2017 17:07

Hello Carol Maione / Negar Aliakbarshirazi
Excellent idea promoting sustainable production processes; lowering the impact of humans.
To produce young entrepreneurs who will create employment rather than educated people looking to be employed.
This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all the young minds looking for an opportunity.
It looks promising congratulations for all your efforts and for your idea.
All the best.

August 22, 2017 04:46

Thank you Carol.

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.

Cheers.

August 21, 2017 16:16

Hi,
Thank you if you have already commented my idea Path To Knowledge. If not, I invite you kindly to do it at: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5633/ I would really appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 21, 2017 09:15

Hi
You have a very interesting project as it is real life changing and it will bring positive impact towards poverty alleviation through agriculture leading to sustained food security. Congulatulation for the efforts you're putting on this idea. Best of luck!

August 21, 2017 05:30

Hello Carol!

Your idea is quite interesting and impressive, as it tends to support sustainable agriculture, ensuring resilient and safe communities, improving the economy of the nation. I admire your passion for community services. Congratulations!

I wish you success and you may stop by on my idea to add your contribution.

Best of Luck!

August 20, 2017 17:08

Hi,
Your idea appears great and executable. It will be well beneficial for active minds seeking ways to improve their lives.
I wish you well with this.

Kindest regards,
Seth

August 19, 2017 21:06

Hello,

I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair.

I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your work!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 19, 2017 13:44

Hii,

your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 19, 2017 13:44

Hii,

your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 18, 2017 08:47

Hello,
I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copies the same message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,
Andrei

August 18, 2017 06:23

Hello,

This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all the young minds looking for an opportunity.
It looks promising and executable
Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.

Good luck
Regards

Shuhra Koofi.

August 16, 2017 07:32

I like your initiative and the involvement in developing small scale agriculture, you know what to do so I encourage you to continue. Anyway, in order to do a crowdfunding campaign you should prepare some rewards. What kind of rewards will you have?
Regards,
Andrei