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Agroecology in Rize Turkey

Today, the COVID-19 pandemic showed significant gaps and weaknesses in urban food systems worldwide. This affects food security. 70% of the global food supply is consumed by the people living in the cities.

According to my experience and knowledge in implementing strategies of the farm to fork and biodiversity, the key lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure inclusive and resilient food systems are:


1. Developing sustainable food systems against shocks and extreme events

2. Promoting the local agroecological production through urban and peri-urban agriculture and implementing short supply chains and ensuring food safety, traceability, and self sufficiency

3. Developing and implementing efficient, safe and innovative food distribution systems, and traditional markets, and facilitating access to food for the vulnerable people through social protection programmes

4. Creating a platform of cities and ensuring collaboration

5. Increasing the number of trees and forests, protecting and improving biodiversity, wildlife and ecosystem services

6. Increasing awareness of the people

7. Promoting investments in agrigenomics, agroecology, ICT, green technologies, innovation and internationalization.


Cattle farming in Artvin



Effective and long-term innovation management must be your strategic roadmap to create powerful innovations that deliver success in a complex and competitive world.


I want to share one of my best experiences to you. We have successfully designed, developed and implemented the Turkey's first and only Tea Research and Application Centre (TRAC/ÇAYMER Project) in Rize. This project was funded by the EU and total investment was 10 million euro. . As a Key Expert, I am proud that ÇAYMER creates productivity, high quality, collaboration, international market access, competitiveness and growth for the Turkish tea industry. Turkish tea is under snow in winter season and it is pesticide free. ÇAYMER has a state of the art production, ISO 17025 accredited tea analysis laboratory, R&D and packaging facilities. ÇAYMER applies EU Food and Codex Alimentarius standartds. As a Key Expert 2, I am proud that ÇAYMER creates productivity, high quality, collaboration, international market access, competitiveness and growth for the Turkish tea industry.


Premium quality and excellence in Rize Tea.

In this context, effective and long-term innovation management must be your strategic roadmap to create powerful innovations that deliver success in a complex and competitive world.


Ask these questions to yourself:


1. How do you become a more innovative thinker?

2. How do you lead and manage creative people in your organization?

3. How can you use innovation tools to get the best results?

4. How can you engage people in innovation and business goals?

5. How do you create innovative ideas?

6. How do you lead competitive intelligence and sector analysis?

7. How do you avoid pitfalls, problems and roadblocks in business process, operations and competition?

8. How do you design, develop and implement your long-term strategic marketing and innovation roadmap?


Answer these questions and take actions accordingly to create most valuable benefits to achieve an agile, internationalized and high performing organization!



Research and Development


I believe that the COVID-19 has globally underlined the crucial importance of the robust and resilient food system establishment. We must consider our health, ecosystem services, supply chains, human consumption patterns and effects of the greenhouse gases on the climate change through higher temperatures, droughts, greater crop water demands, more variable rainfall, extreme weathers, floods, forest fires, animal and plant pathogens and diseases, marine mycotoxins and biotoxins and new pests.


We must also ensure food safety and traceability through reducing dependency on pesticides, antimicrobials and excess fertilisation. So that we can ensure food security and people’s welfare through increasing organic farming, improving animal welfare, reducing food loss and waste, reversing biodiversity loss, increasing number of trees and forests, decreasing greenhouse gases, building human capacity, achieving digital transformation and increasing food analysis capacities.


I believe that we must develop new streams of funding and eco-schemes that include the above goals to adopt more sustainable practices to create a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system for us.


I am proud to define that as an KE, we have successfully established Çaymer (Rize Tea Research and Application Center) in Rize, Turkey to create productivity, competitiveness, internationalization, and sustainability in Turkish Tea Industry. European Union and Turkish Government funded Çaymer and provided 10 million Euro to establish Çaymer. Turkish tea is free from pesticides and chemicals, and it is the only tea that snow falls on in the winter season. Therefore, its taste and aroma is very rich.


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