Amfar presents its "Sorum project", platform business initiatives aimed at rural women

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More than two hundred women attended last Friday at the conference organized by amfAR Andalusia in which he reflected on the phenomenon of depopulation of rural areas and which put in value the role of entrepreneurship, and above all, the role of women as true backbone of the rural world. Association with this event celebrated the International Women's Day, lived on Friday his coming-out with its first regional meeting in which a presentation of what have been the activities of the different provincial delegations in recent years was conducted.

In the words of its national vice president Nuria Alonso, the amfAR association has been a pioneer in addressing the problems and needs of rural women throughout the country, and the first who started working in the Law on shared ownership for exposing the true weight and value of the work of rural women. Then he spoke the President of AMFAR-Andalucía, worship Blanque, to influence one of the main objectives and lines of work of amfAR is "getting rural areas attractive and necessary opportunities for people to stay, and we understand that at this point women are the ones who have the last word and it was born AMFAR, to help all those who have concerns and offer the possibility for her and their families ".

The association organized this day of reflection on two aspects that are key: depopulation and how this phenomenon has been played by women, and secondly entrepreneurship as an option to contribute to the economic development of rural areas, for what amfAR launches the project SORUM.

The event was attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Carmen Crespo, who wanted to highlight the work done by amfAR and noted that thanks to farming activities and their economic contribution, It has been allowed to set the population, bringing the depopulation phenomenon affecting some areas of the territory, It is less than in other Spanish regions. "However the sector has a 23% women entrepreneurs, and in this way from the Ministry we want to continue shaking hands, outcropping aid are pending for all and all beneficiaries can go ahead, with legal certainty to address entrepreneurship that has our rural areas ".

The opening also attended Mayor Vícar, Antonio Bonilla, who wanted to value the importance of starting to lay the foundations to tackle depopulation affecting certain areas and nuclei and is one of the main challenges facing rural areas.


Juan Jose Alvarez, chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the CES and deputy director of the National President of ASAJA, presented the conclusions of the report on depopulation that has produced the Economic and Social Council and put on the table any data that highlight the importance of this issue, because "rural involves 85% territory and only resides in him 20% population, In fact Andalusia is the region with the largest number of people living in rural areas ". During its analysis Alvarez, He recalled that the impoverishment and degeneration of rural areas has brought about a significant loss of human capital, an escape starring population mainly young women and bringing an aging population and masculinization and maintaining gender inequalities doubly affects rural women.

At this point I would also point out the importance of underinvestment in basic infrastructure, and especially communication (transport, roads, internet access and telephony ...) aspects that have contributed to the deterioration and impoverishment of many of these areas, therefore it called for the involvement of all levels of government and all stakeholders, that "they have now put the focus on a problem that is not unique to our country and that is not new".

Among the short- and medium-term is encouraging rural and livelihood and economic support, within the concept of sustainable development, to allow heritage conservation, landscapes, customs, help unite territories and also to achieve a dynamic rural. This reinforces the idea of ​​a worse job insertion of women in rural areas, the presence of gender inequalities in rural areas to be recognized as a major factor in explaining the depopulation.

Antonio Blanque, Ditrali CEO presented the project SORUM, an online platform where women can share their Andalusia business projects and to sell their products and services, and which will also provide the necessary training so that they can carry out agile. "The goal is to enable women to develop their project taking advantage of new technologies, the immediacy and the possibilities offered by the Internet to provide an opportunity for women in less populated areas, with work guided and personalized ". AMFAR promotes this platform that aims to capitalize on existing business or that may arise with a team that held them track and will accompany you throughout this process.

José Carlos Campillo, responsible for Agrobank in the demarcation of Eastern Andalusia explained the operation and involvement of the social work in rural areas and noted the commitment of the entity with the SORUM project to enable launch business initiatives of women who want to participate in it.

In the closing of the conference he will be attended by the vice president of the Provincial, Angel Escobar pointed to concerns that the Council has the phenomenon of depopulation and aging rural, where "employment plays a fundamental role and therefore the commitment of the institution to which the population has the necessary services, and especially infrastructure and communication technologies, to make our towns more livable and attractive ". For example, He announced the initiative of the Council that small municipalities count on banks with ATMs which also facilitate making representations as paying bills. On the other hand wanted to highlight the work done with "Sabores Almeria" to unite companies working in our municipalities under one brand that values ​​the quality of the entire food supply that has the province and is reaping a major success. Also it announced a project to finance the interest to business projects, and especially those promoted by women, that target municipalities under 3.000 people