The Hellenic Initiative announces a grant of $14,500 to the Bodossaki Foundation for the Advancement of the “Thought for Food” program
November 21, 2017
Through its contribution, THI supports ambitious entrepreneurs and acknowledges the astounding potential of the Greek agricultural industry.
The Hellenic Initiative – THI announces a grant of $14,500 to the “Bodossaki Foundation” program “Thought for Food”. The grant will support the efforts of the foundation in creating the conditions for the development and growth of the Hellenic agricultural sector, by promoting innovation, optimizing the agro-industry value chain and enhancing its infrastructure. The program aims to improve the management of agricultural productions which has historically represented the backbone of the Greek economy.
The funding of THI will assist the program in fulfilling its primary components, namely, training of farmers, small businesses and cooperatives and on-site counseling to production units, implemented by the “American Farm School.” Additionally, it is the program’s intent to conduct biotechnological research to capture and highlight the unique biochemical characteristics of Greek products conducted by the “Center for Research and Technology Hellas.”
Vlassis Adraktas, Program Officer of Bodossaki Foundation, stated: “The grant of THI will be utilized to support three technology agronomists who decided to start their own company in the greenhouse industry, by applying an innovative hydroponic cultivation method. The grant will provide them with extensive tailor-made training in management, marketing and product development, thus enabling them to take their business to the next level. We are very excited to partner with THI on this project, which constitutes a prime example of the potential of the Greek agricultural sector.
Michael Printzos, THI’s Program Director, stated: “Our grant to the “Thought for Food” program confirms the unshakable commitment of the THI to promote innovation in the Greek economy. Through training and mentoring in a series of thematic sectors the young entrepreneurs will gain a better understanding of the ways in which they can achieve sustainable production and familiarize themselves with cutting-edge technology that can transform their production capacity. The THI believes that through such initiatives the Greek economy can constitute an effective competitor in the international scene”.