Living Lab Italia Cecchi

Basic Information

Name of Living Lab: Cardamomo

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Established Year: 2023


Contact Information:

Italia Cecchi

Living Lab Development within the Horizon Ruralities Project: A Collaborative Approach

The Horizon Ruralities project, spearheaded by an Italian consortium led by the Cecchi Institute in Pesaro, envisions a Living Lab as a pivotal element in addressing the ongoing transformation of rural areas due to climate and economic changes. Focused on fostering sustainable agricultural practices, the project aims to establish a robust agricultural supply chain, with a specific emphasis on cultivating Cardamom.

Structured as a two-fold initiative, the Living Lab is strategically designed to engage both the industrial and agricultural sectors, as well as educational institutions. The Cecchi Institute’s framework outlines a comprehensive model, beginning with the cultivation of Cardamom and extending into a series of synergistic actions with public and private entities.

The proposed Living Lab will function as a dynamic platform, facilitating collaboration between stakeholders and driving innovation in agricultural practices. It emphasizes a circular economy approach, aligning with the broader goal of rural development.

Key Components of the Living Lab:

  • Agricultural and Industrial Branch: This branch focuses on developing a mature and viable supply chain system for Cardamom cultivation. It involves close collaboration with farmers, industries, and relevant institutions to establish a sustainable and economically viable agricultural model.
  • Educational and Social Infrastructure: The second branch is directed towards educational institutions, aiming to build a social foundation that recognizes the socio-economic importance of the agricultural supply chain. This involves partnering with schools and institutions to integrate knowledge about sustainable agriculture, creating a supportive community.


Living Lab Integration with Horizon Ruralities:

Aligned with the broader Horizon Ruralities framework, the Living Lab seeks integration into the Rural Development and Research Platform (RDRP) Knowledge Ecosystem. This integration aims to share resources, collaborate on projects with similar interests, and contribute to the overall development of intelligent regional systems.

Mission and Vision:

The mission of the Living Lab is to develop enduring, sustainable, and inclusive rural systems through participatory knowledge and action. Its vision is to be the core hub for rural development in the Montefeltro region and Pesaro-Urbino province.

In conclusion, the Living Lab within the Horizon Ruralities project emerges as a transformative force, uniting diverse stakeholders to address the challenges of rural transformation and sustainable agriculture. Through collaboration and innovation, it aspires to be a beacon for intelligent regional development and resilient communities

Location: Pesaro, Italia



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no 101060876. UK participants in Horizon Europe Project RURALITIES are supported by UKRI grant numbers: 10051963 The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership and 10050988 Earthwatch Europe.