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Bologna’s Apennines, mountain area.

The territory taken into consideration, as various rural areas of central Italy, suffers for serious structural problems due to the conformation of the soil, especially hydro-geological instability and significant risk of landslides. Moreover, additional socio-economic troubles hit in these regions in the previous years, as farmland abandonment and the consequent progressive phenomenon of depopulation and unemployment.

In the recent years we addressed our efforts to the Apennines Area next to Bologna. In this area we are developing, in accordance with the Local Municipalities and private stakeholders, a model called “Social Farm”. This model is addressed to the development and growth of small agricultural and breeding farm businesses in this area. We are involved in a process of social inclusion and recovery of environmental resources in order to maximize the social good, the creation of value for the entire community and the implementation of a high-quality production chain.

Grameen Italia’s social challenge fits in this particular context because the Organization is deeply rooted in this area and operates with different and relevant local stakeholders such as Municipalities (Lizzano in Belvedere and the “Unione dei Comuni Appennino Bolognese), territorial authorities, University of Bologna, Research and Development centers (E.N.E.A) and agricultural enterprises. The Grameen Italia’s role is to create a stable and reliable network to tackle the reported problems and achieve results from an economic and social point of view.




We are involved in several projects in this geographic area, from the recovery of a specific aquaculture product (Salmerino Fontinalis), the creation of sheep farms, to specific market research for officinal herbs and the cultivation of hemp for industrial use and bioconstruction technologies. Hemp is the project where we are converging more efforts and resources because we truly think that it’s a profitable market for economic stakeholders.


The development model we are trying to implement aims at exploring the development and growth of small agricultural and breeding farm businesses in this area. We are involved in a process of social inclusion and recovery of environmental resources in order to maximize the social good