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3.3 Cooperation and Professionalisation in the dehesa/montado

Ownership of the dehesas is private in 75% of farms. The owners of dehesas respond to the following typology: smallholders that are closely dependent on their farms and devote all their time to the farm; medium-sized owners with farms of medium to large in size who are responsible for the commercial management of their products; and lastly, companies from other sectors of activity that contract management services for the farms and which are not their main source of income.

Intensive use of skilled labour in the numerous traditional tasks has given way to a simplified situation today, since 60% of farms have a single employee (MAPA 2008 (Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food). In farms whose size and use require more staff, in addition to the farm manager, workers in charge of managing the livestock and big game hunting preserve security may work in it. For seasonal tasks not carried out by the manager (in many cases multipurpose) there is temporary hiring mainly for pruning, cork stripping or cultivation, having currently been detected a clear increase in unskilled workers.

But it is without a doubt the subsequent commercialisation of the products of the dehesa that generates the most and greatest diversity of jobs, usually linked to the agri-food sector. In all cases, cooperation between entrepreneurs in the same sector and between different sectors associated with the dehesa/montado and the professionalisation of workers is going to increase the value of the services and products of the dehesa. For this, developing professionalisation plans of the sectors associated with the dehesa identified as priorities by the members is proposed in this activity.


In this activity, a seminar to professionalize the cork sector has been held  (June 2019)