Research and action interventions to support organic hemp development in Sicily based on initial analysis of barriers at the value chain level.
|Value chain level||Type of barrier||DiverIMPACTS CS interventions|
|Agricultural production||Lack of technical knowledge and references||Critical expertise attracted from other Italian regions for two farm days in 2018 and 2019, mobilizing local stakeholders to benefit from it|
|Lack of economic knowledge and references||A study was commissioned and performed to analyse the crop profitability|
|Lack of information because of problems with advisory context||Consultancies activated from national hemp expert|
|Lack of adapted plant varieties in the local context||Interaction with the national 6.7 mln € UNIHEMP project to stimulate breeding for Sicilian environment
Interaction with the Ministry of Agriculture getting permission for farm seed reuse
|Lack of knowledge about impacts of diversification on agro-environmental performances||Assessment performed to analyse hemp-specific validity in rain-fed crop rotations|
|Need of investment for adapted machinery||An Operational Group (OG) is being set up with critical participation of various CS players to explore machinery investment|
|Regulation impacting farmers||THC content chemical analyses to make sure produce is within regulatory limits|
|From harvest to retail||Equipment for drying requires investment||Dedicated dryers use and costs will be economically assessed by the dedicated OG|
|Equipment for processing requires investment||A small capacity pressing machine will be tested in the abovementioned OG|
|Coordination between value chain actors||No ensured quality of products to be bought, sold or to establish secure contracts||N.A.|
|Limited or no cooperation between innovative farmers||The OG will enable cooperation among partners and additional stakeholders|
|Market||Uncertain or unstable market||The DiverIMPACTS benchmarking offered Sicilian hemp actors valuable indications on how to market hemp products|
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