BalkanRoad is a project funded by the European Union and implemented by the School’s Strategic Projects Management Office. It aims to develop a road map towards the creation of farms with a zero carbon, zero waste, low water consumption, and a small footprint.
The project has two main goals:
1. Improving the agricultural environment in the Balkans through the development of strategies, methodologies, and technologies for natural resource conservation (such as soil, water, and air), the reduction of GHGs, the reduction of waste generation/disposal, and the enlargement of the recycle/reuse ratio in farm systems;
2. Developing a common protocol for Balkan countries to produce eco-labeled agricultural products, by putting in force sustainable practices throughout the entire production line (i.e. from the field to the market) so that the final products will have a measurable, comparable, and lowest possible environmental footprint.
By accomplishing these joint goals, the project hopes to expand trade horizons for agricultural products produced in the Balkans and boost local and national economies.
This exciting new venture is being pursued through the collaboration of the American Farm School and the Benaki Phytopathological Institute, the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, the Open University of Cyprus, the Association of Agri-Environmental Farmers in Bulgaria, the Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania, and the Organic Producers Federation of F.Y.R.O.M.