Frutti per la Biosfera – Fruits for the Biosphere

The project addresses the important role of food in climate change. It promotes vegetarian, seasonal, regional and organic foods through environmental education in schools, and also supports farmers in selling their products locally.


The project focusses on educating children through hands-on activities such as gardening projects and visits to farms. It also supports the direct sale of crops by organising farmers’ markets and farm-gate sales. To ensure quality and promote environmentally friendly and diverse agriculture, criteria are currently being developed to establish a regional brand.

The project gets young volunteers from (Eastern) European countries involved in all the activities, and the skills they learn can later be passed on in their home countries.

Kinder essen Früchte auf Sizilien

Orange tasting in Maletto, Sicily. Foto: S.Hermsen


At present, very little environmental education is provided in Sicily, and there is limited awareness of the link between food and climate change. However, the Etna region is already suffering from effects of climate change, such as extreme weather and desertification.

Etna’s agriculture, which is highly diverse, provides the population with a good variety of fresh products. Unfortunately, more and more people are buying non-regional and processed foods. The project aims to counteract this development and strengthen traditional organic and smallholder farming.

“Frutti per la Bioshere” will also have a positive impact on the current planning activities for the establishment of a nature conservation area at Etna.

Project information

Updated: November 2018

Countries: Germany, Italy

Project duration: 09/18 - 04/19

Funding: 164,573 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Educational institutions, Regional governments

Implementing organisation:
Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung (MHS)

Project Partners:
Giacche Verdi Bronte

Project Website:

Contact Person

Herr Andrea Aidala

Organisation: Giacche Verdi Bronte

Email: gvbrontegmail.com

Tel: +39 095 77108


The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de