Saving agrobiodiversity in Western Sicily


SEF supports the association Ficus in their efforts to conserve agrobiodiversity in western Sicily. Over 60% of the traditional old varieties of fruit and horticultural crops are being abandoned, resulting in the loss of varieties that are well-adapted to the specific climate and soil of the region.
The project will involve local farmers in the Marsala and Trapani areas to identify ancient crop varieties at risk of extinction and promote sustainable agriculture techniques. The crops will be recovered and cultivated at the Ficus center, involving youths with disabilities and vulnerable immigrants under the guidance of certified operators in horticultural therapy.
This initiative is part of the FOOD (Ficus beyond any disability) project, in partnership with ANFASS (National Association of Families and People with Intellectual Disabilities and Neurodevelopmental Disorders), funded by Regione Sicilia.