Migrant farm workers protest during a demonstration in Piazza Montecitorio, Rome | Photo: Massimo Percossi/ANSA
Migrant farm workers protest during a demonstration in Piazza Montecitorio, Rome | Photo: Massimo Percossi/ANSA

A project titled "Rural Social ACT" was launched in Rome with the goal of fighting the problem of illegal gangmastering, stemming mafia practices, and promoting inclusion as well as social and job reinsertion for migrants.

A new project called 'Rural Social ACT' was presented in Rome on Monday (October 11) in the Italian Farmers Confederation (CIA) Auditorium. The project focuses on social farming as a means to prevent and fight the problem of illegal gangmastering, as well as to stem mafia practices.

Other goals include promoting inclusion as well as fostering social and labor market integration for migrants.

The CIA plans to accomplish this through the creation and strengthening of a national network of multi-sector integrated collaborators in the fields of farming, socio-health services, migrant reception as well as training and education.

Planned initiatives in 12 regions

'Rural Social ACT' will be activated in 12 regions in Italy's central-north (Valle d'Aosta, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Trentino-Alto Adige, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Lazio). In 17 territorial areas, mobile units will be set up.

They will work together with CIA information windows to facilitate the emergence of exploited workers and begin providing assistance to them, offering support and consulting to victims of illegal gangmastering.

A multidisciplinary team made up of cultural and linguistic mediators, territorial development agents and social workers are to provide training courses for workers and mediators to bring them up to speed with skills in the field. It also intends to provide employment workshops for migrants in order to increase their skills in the farming sector and consolidate best practices in social farming.

Project participants

'Rural Social ACT', led by CIA, is part of the Three-Year Plan to Fight Gangmastering, which was enacted with Law 199/2016, financed by the FAMI fund and the Italian Labor Ministry and supported by the National Forum for Social Farming (FNAS).

The project, which includes 30 partner organizations made up of national networks, cooperatives, consortiums, NGOs and associations, aims to become an example of territorial development that brings together economic sustainability, legality, inclusion and quality. It is to become capable of fighting gangmastering and stemming mafia practices in farming by developing ethical supply chains and innovative forms of distribution.

 

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