Vito Saccomandi, from Abruzzo, born in Teramo on 23 March 1939, lived for many years in S. Benedetto del Tronto, and therefore loved to call himself also from the Marches; graduated in Agricultural Sciences at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Piacenza, he specialized in Agricultural Economics in the Center for Economic and Social Research for the South of Portici (Naples), directed by Prof. Manlio Rossi Doria.
After a few years of activity as a researcher at national and regional institutes, in 1973 he began his formidable experience at the European Economic Community, initially as chief administrator, then as an expert in the cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission and subsequently (from 1977 to 1980) as Chief of Staff. In this capacity he held a position relating to the “Management of environmental policy and economic-agricultural aspects of the accession negotiations for Greece, Spain and Portugal” and that of Technical Manager of the “Mediterranean Package” Dossier. In Brussels he gained long experience at various levels in the community offices; it allowed him to work with the most authoritative figures who cultivated and built the European dream: from Lorenzo Natali to Sicco Mansholt, from Jenkins to Lardinois, and in particular he collaborated with Giovanni Marcora, the great Minister of Agriculture of the 70s.
Winner of the Competition for the Chair of Agricultural Economics and Politics, in 1980, due to a fairly random circumstance, he came to teach at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Perugia as holder of the Chair of Economics of the agricultural products market, a position he held until to his death. His return to Italy, after the parenthesis, coincided with a flourishing of scientific and technical activities; great, in relation to the university environment, was the commitment made as Director of the Institute of Rural Appraisal and Accounting of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Perugia (from 1981 to 1988). In 1983 Vito Saccomandi founded Ce.S.A.R. Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, in Assisi: he was Director from 1983 to 1988 and from 1991 until his death.
The Ce.S.A.R. born with the aim of responding to the need for postgraduate training courses in “development cooperation”, under the decisive impulse of Vito Saccomandi, an ambitious goal was immediately set: the creation of an institution that operated as a consultancy center and Training and at the same time as a study office. Various events have led over the years to diversify the activities of the center, but the inspiring principles of Vito Saccomandi are still intact in the mission of Ce.SAR, which continues to operate (in the current location in Casalina di Deruta) in close collaboration with the founding members and ordinary.