The Slow Food international headquarters are located in Bra, Italy – the town in Piedmont where the movement was born. It is from here, that the foundation plans and promotes the development of the network and projects worldwide.

The foundation is coordinated by an International Council and steered by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the highest institutional governing body, with all appointments held for a four-year term. Edie Mukiibi is the President of Slow Food.

Slow Food: Organizational Structure

Starting from November 2022, Slow Food is a Foundation of participation. The objectives are indicated in the Statute, but that the main ones are

a) defend biological and cultural diversity, going beyond the biological diversity of plants and animals and including relationships between people and nature and the traditional knowledge that has given rise to thousands of techniques for transforming raw materials into breads, cheeses, cured meats, sweets, and more.
b) educate, inspire and mobilize people, encouraging behavior change, forging communities, encouraging the uptake of good practices around the world and pointing out the bond between the health of the planet and our own.
c) influence policies and programs in the public and private sector by forging ties with others in order to defend those who are negatively impacted by the industrial food system.
d) develop the Slow Food network globally.


In some countries Slow Food has an organizational structures at a national level. Some of them are older (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, United States, Japan, Great Britain and the Netherlands) and some more recent (Austria, Bulgaria, Brazil, …).

They all have decisional autonomy but they follow the political guidelines decided by Slow Food International. They coordinate Slow Food activities, support communities, organize events and are a fundamental reference point for members.


At the local level, groups known as communities coordinate activities and organize events in cities, towns and communities around the world. There are over 1,500 Slow Food communities worldwide.

Additional Bodies
To realize its projects and ambitions, Slow Food has created the following entities:

Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity – founded in 2003 to support Slow Food projects that defend food biodiversity and traditions.
University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) – opened in 2004 to educate future food professionals.

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