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Enhancing SME competitiveness and sustainability in the organic sector


The objective of SME-ORGANICS is to improve policies and programmes in order to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs in the organic sector of seven EU regions and the Canton of Aargau (Switzerland). The project aims to support SMEs in improving their performance in order to enforce the growth capacity of the entire organic regional sector in regional, national and international markets.

In the Canton of Aargau, support measures for an innovative and sustainable agriculture are legally based on the cantonal constitution and the cantonal agricultural law and aim for a market-oriented and competitive agri-food supply chain which can deal with market liberalisation. Within SME-ORGANICS, FiBL develops a cantonal Action Plan for the organic sector together with the stakeholders.This plan aims to support the cantonal policy for agriculture and  strengthen the performance, competitiveness and further development of SMEs in the organic sector in the Canton of Aargau.

(Research) Program
  • State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO - Economic Cooperation and Development
Project partners
  • Cantonal partner for the Swiss subproject is the Centre of Agriculture Liebegg (LZL)
  • MODERNA Foundation (Spain)
  • Department of Rural Development, Environment and Local Administration of the Government of Navarra (Spain)
  • ARBIO Aquitaine, regional association of organic sector in Aquitaine (France)
  • CIHEAM MAIB – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (Italy)
  • Puglia Region – Managing Authority of OP ESFR-ESF 2014-2020 (Italy)
  • North-West Regional Development Agency (Romania)
  • Marshall`s Office of the Lodzkie Region (Poland)
  • Seinäjoki University of Applied Science (Finland)
FiBL project leader/ contact
  • El Benni Nadja (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Obrist Robert (Department of Extension, Training and Communication)
(people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Conduction of the Swiss subproject

FiBL project number 35133
Date modified 20.11.2020
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