ASAT is a cooperation model involving an organic local producer and a group of consumers supporting sustainable traditional agriculture.
ASAT is a country-wide network of partnerships between traditional organic small-scale farmers from nearby cities and consumers. It offers small-scale farmers a foot on the market and is an alternative model of development for small traditional scale farms, a model through which farmers receive a fair price for their work and which protects them from the instabilities of the food market dominated by large agri-businesses.
The three pillars on which ASAT is built are:
1. ecology and sustenability: small scale farmers supported by ASAT deliver healthy organic products to their consumers. ASAT farmers also work hard at preserving Romania's traditional seed diversity.
2. social inclusion and solidarity : most of farmers supported ASAT were marginalized people at risk of poverty. Now with the help of the partnerships they manage to make a decent living for them and their family and to slowly grow their farm through new investments supported by the partnerships (e.g. investments in greenhouses, irrigation systems, technologies, etc.)
3. direct sales of farm made products: ASAT farmers sell their product directly to their consumer circumventing all intermediaries.
The only resources needed are the activists involved in the initiation, promotion and development of the model.
Evidence of success
ASAT received the award for Good Practice from Romania's Ministry of Labor and Social Protection
Over the years ASAT supported partnerships with 12 farmers in 6 Romanian cities: Timisoara, Bucuresti, Cluj, Arad, Oradea, Odorheiu Secuiesc.
ASAT is a recognized member of URGENCI: The International Network for Community Supported Agriculture.
Potential for learning or transfer
The good practice is useful for learning and transfer to similar regions without any specialized institution because of the low need for resources.
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