Francisco could have gotten a well-paying job in the city. But the the young Portuguese academic decided to use his agricultural expertise to rejuvenate a local town suffering from economic decay.
Less-than-picture-perfect fruit has been given a boost: Included in recent EU environmental grants is a third of a million euros for a Portuguese initiative to combat food waste. The project plans to roll out nationally.
The leader of Portugal's Socialist Party, Antonio Costa, has been named as the country's new prime minister after ousting the conservative minority. A leftist alliance now hopes to run the country together.
The VW plant Autoeuropa, one of the main employers in the Portuguese town of Palmela, is set to expand thanks to government investment. But the recent VW emissions scandal in Germany makes for an uncertain future.