Coosur Award for Rural Olive Farming Innovation

Sociedad rafael Alonso Aguilera S.L

Rafael Alonso Aguilera S.L. receives this award for the Oro del Desierto (Desert Gold) project, an organic extra virgin olive oil produced in the Tabernas Desert (Almería).
The project is developed on a farm that uses drip irrigation, organic fertilisers and natural products. The work on the farm respects the vegetation and cares for animal species such as Segureña sheep and Murcia/Granada goats.
The energy resources used are entirely renewable and alperujo (olive waste) is used as fuel.

María Miró

Born in Écija (Seville), this Doctor of Veterinary Sciences and specialist in indigenous breed and local product conservation receives this recognition for continuing the olive tradition, farming the Arbequina and Picual varieties on the family farm. La Recacha (Lantejuela, Seville).
In addition to continuing maintaining a generational legacy, María Miró has restored her grandfather´s old oil mill and created 1984 ÓLEUM, a brand of organic extra virgin olive oil, thus committed to quality and innovation in extra virgin olive oil sales and export.

Caja Rural de Jaén Young

Professional Career Award

Francisco Casero Rodriguez

Recognition granted for his firm commitment to developing the Andalusian olive sector, playing a critical role in defending rural employment over time.
Casero founded the Sindicato de Obreros del Campo de Andalucía (Andalusia Rural Workers´Union) in the 1980s and focused on developing the Andalusia environmental movement. His numerous protest campaigns for recovering livestock routes have always been peaceful and non-violent. Throughout his career, he has been awarded more than 40 awards for defending human rights and the environment.