We present you a new project of agricultural relief, Coopera

Coopera is an agricultural relief project promoted by the Penedès cooperatives Covides, Entrem and Actua. It is a pioneering initiative in Catalonia that aims to provide a solution to the lack of generational replacement in the world of agriculture through the education and training of people at risk of social exclusion. On the rebound, Coopera stands as a possibility to fight against agrarian abandonment and as a complement for young farmers who, nowadays, are not able to earn a living by working in the fields.

Coopera offers agricultural services of all kinds (pruning, harvesting, cleaning of plots, biomass, etc.) to farmers and farm owners through people at risk of social exclusion. On the other hand, it is responsible, on a sharecropping basis, for the direct management of farms that are at risk of being abandoned and that can continue to be productive. All this with the aim of being able to generate its own product, process it and market it in the fair trade network and following the principles of social and solidarity economy. In addition, Coopera offers contracts to young farmers who can work part-time as trainers of these people who want to enter the world of farming, so that they can supplement their salary.

The Coopera project aims to address different problems related to the primary sector: to guarantee the replacement of the peasantry, to avoid land abandonment and to train and educate people at risk of social exclusion, especially unaccompanied migrants. The project was born in the Penedés region after a two-year pilot test among vineyards and olive trees by the consolidated and historical cooperative Covides, which required the labor. The president of Covides, Félix Galimany, explains that a couple of years ago Covides created a land bank so that other members could continue the activity but, despite this initiative, some fields were abandoned. With the Coopera project, "we have been able to cover the needs of many farmers in times of peak work and, at the same time, avoid the abandonment of land".