Enhancing Indigenous Youth and Women Capacities to Protect and Promote Their Communities’ Food Heritage

End Date: 2022
Donor: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The project represents the latest step in a decade of collaboration between Slow Food and IFAD, articulated around small-scale agriculture as a crucial source of food and income for many rural households, and as a driver of rural economic development at large. With a specific focus on Indigenous Peoples and youth, this long-lasting collaboration has contributed to the successful launch of innovative grassroots projects that enhance the local value chains of traditional foods. The project, which will run for three years and will be implemented in three target countries, is currently in its first semester of implementation and consists of three components: (i) enhancing local food value chains; (ii) strengthening youth and women indigenous leaders and their networks; and (iii) knowledge-sharing and advocacy on agroecology.


End Date: October 2022
Donor: MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature

With the support of the MAVA Foundation, the organisations Slow Food, Global Footprint Network, Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) and GOB Menorca have launched a new project aimed at reducing the “distance” between producers and consumers, as well as informing both groups about the implications for the planet of the way they produce and consume food. The project seeks to create an overarching Community of Practice (CoP) involving a diverse and comprehensive set of stakeholders (and their networks) in short value chains  to generate and share experiences and best practices, to seek workable solutions to their common challenges, and to build synergies that facilitate the transition towards fair and sustainable food systems with a low Ecological Footprint, starting in the Mediterranean region.

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CINE – Cinema communities for Innovation, Networks and Environment

End date: 31 October 2022

Donor: European Union – DG Connect

The project aims to promote film in communities where cinemas don’t exist or are disappearing, focusing on their ability to serve as venues for cultural and social aggregation, while sowing the seeds of environmental and food culture among younger generations. Find out more

Nakuru, Kenya: valuing locally sourced seeds and their resilience

End Date: June 2022
Donor: CARIPLO Foundation, Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation
Partners: University of Pavia

The pandemic linked to Covid19 has highlighted even more the need to ensure local communities food security and sovereignty. The project starts from the assumption that improving the techniques of care and conservation of the input needed for food production, namely seeds, will help solve the challenge of “Crop Biodiversity” in Kenya. Ensuring seed sovereignty means strengthening the resilience of local communities as well as promoting biodiversity conservation and traditional knowledge. By promoting sustainable agriculture that relies on local varieties and crops resilient to climate change, the project also aims to raise awareness about the positive impact on the health of individuals and the community, trying to counteract the current dynamics of market supply and demand that continue to give very little attention to agroecological products.

Increasing the resilience of mountain communities and support sustainable production practices by enhancing agro value chains

End Date: June 2022
Donor: UN Development Programme (UNDP)
Partners: Mountain Partnership (FAO)
This project, implemented in Lesotho, Rwanda, Guatemala and Nepal, is geared towards increasing the resilience of mountain communities and supporting sustainable production practices byenhancing agro value chains and by helping to link these producers to national and international markets

Agroecology and Alternative Food Systems in Kenya and Uganda

End Date: December 2022

Donor: Biovision

The proposed project intends to improve the livelihoods of local farming communities in Kenya and Uganda by further promoting the transition towards agroecological food systems. The project will focus on:

  • investing in partnerships within agroecology networks by developing linkages and synergies with other projects and organizations (exploratory project phase)
  • strengthening the Slow Food on-going projects (food gardens, Presidia, Earth Markets) for their use as successful show cases for agroecological approaches
  • sensitizing consumers on the benefits of agroecological products
  • strengthening presence in local policy platforms that affect agroecology

The project will be greatly looking at improving agroecology by building alliances and sharing grassroots evidence base in Uganda and Kenya targeting the local, national and global agroecological partners.

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FOOD HEROES: Our compass for a future of solidarity

End Date: June 2022

Donor: European Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with Fondazione CRC

The project aims to encourage and celebrate the virtuous initiatives in the food world that are reacting to the Covid-19 emergency with ideas that may inspire others. A European campaign will be designed using the stories, comprising a digital catalogue, physical exhibitions and a social media campaign. At least one exhibition will be organized during the project lifetime and the circulation of the format will be spread throughout Europe thanks to Slow Food network. A version of the digital catalogue for schoolchildren will be realized and spread.

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Building Local Economies in Eastern Africa through Agroecology

End Date: July 2021

Donors: Agroecology Fund

The project aims to boost local economies and improve the livelihoods of communities in Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania. The Slow Food network supports the development of agroecological food systems as the key to future food security, improving knowledge and communication on agroecology and including agroecology in policy frameworks.

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IFAD & Slow Fooda Project Empowering Indigenous Youth and Their Communities To Defend And Promote Their Food Heritage 2017-2020 

The project aims at empowering indigenous communities and youth and improving the livelihoods of beneficiaries by protecting and promoting their food heritage and upholding the sustainability and resilience of their practices. This will be done by increasing the economic value of the food heritage products and by strengthening the global network called “Indigenous Terra Madre”.  

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Community-based Value Chain Enhancement in the Greater Caucasus Mountains 

End Date: December 2021 

Donor: European Union – EuropeAid 

The project focuses on agriculture and gastronomic tourism and aim at valorizing identities and local gastronomy, conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage with some pilot actions. In longer term it will influence the state of natural resources and social environment and strengthen resilience of the territories. 

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Food & Tourism for Rural Development in Western Visayas, Philippines

End date: November 2021

Donor: Department of Tourism Philippines

The project will build upon the collaboration between the Slow Food Community promoting and preserving traditional foods of Negros Island and the Department of Tourism Region 6, and the Slow Food Travel inititiave, which aims to promote travel experiences consistent with the Slow Food philosophy. Slow Food will join this collaboration for the project that aims to improve the understanding of local agrobiodiversity heritage and food systems and how this capital can be linked to sustainable travel in Western Visayas.

Engaging diaspora communities in Italy in collaborative efforts to support rural development and youth employment in Senegal and Morocco

End Date: March 2021 

Donor: IFAD 

The project’s global goal is to spur rural youth job creation and income generation in Senegal and Morocco by leveraging the long-term investment of the diaspora in Italy. In line with the international recognition given to the role of diaspora investments in the development of the countries of origin, the project aims to facilitate the matching of the potentialities of the Moroccan and Senegalese diasporas present in Italy with the need of rural youth development in Morocco and Senegal, making the diasporas the actors of development in their own countries. 

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Slow Fish Caribe 

End Date: June 2020

Donors: European Union – EuropeAid 

The project promotes the conservation of the biodiversity of Caribbean coastal ecosystems and coral reefs, consolidating good practices for the sustainable use of food resources in protected areas called Biosphere Reserves, essential in the fight against poverty and for the promotion of food security. 

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Food & Tourism for Mountain Development 

End Date: December 2020 

Donor: FAO 

Building upon the MPP experience and the “Slow Food Travel” initiative, which aims at promoting travel experiences in line with the Slow Food philosophy, the MP Secretariat with Slow Food and the Philippines’ Department of Tourism-Cordillera Administrative Region (DoT–CAR) have jointly developed a new pilot called “Food & Tourism for Mountain Development”. Unique and biodiverse gastronomic identities will constitute the heart of the project and will underpin all its activities, by interlinking all relevant stakeholders along tourist itineraries, including: smallholder producers, artisans organizations, osterias, agritourism, hotels, restaurants, inns, bars, leisure venues, as well as connected activities such as fairs, events, food and wine tastings, visits to food companies and farms etc. The ultimate goal is to promote a sustainable model of tourism by developing connections among small scale farmers, cooperatives and businesses while raising awareness among visitors (consumers) about the importance of preserving biodiversity, agro-biodiversity, cultural heritage and local gastronomy.  Specifically, the project will develop a sustainable tourism model for the Cordillera Region, developed and implemented in the selected sites of the provinces of Benguet and Ifugao, based on the improvement of value chains of high-quality mountain products, the promotion of agrobiodiversity and local gastronomic heritage. 

Food is Culture 

End Date: December 2020 

Donor: European Union – Creative Europe 

It aims to make European citizens aware that food heritage is a means of expressing their belonging to Europe and better understanding the wealth and uniqueness of Europe’s cultural diversity, paying more attention to safeguarding and promoting our shared food heritage.

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SLOW FOOD – CE: Culture, Heritage, Identity and Food

End Date: June 2020 

Donor: European Union – Interreg Central Europe 

Its main goal is to improve the capacities of local actors to promote the intangible heritage of food in a vision that integrates economic, environmental and social sustainability. This is made with an alliance among five European cities, which have mapped their territory and planned specific pilot actions, developing a transferable model for any other city.    

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Strengthening of a good, clean and fair food system in Yucatan and Chiapas, based on the sustainability model of the international Slow Food movement 

End Date: June 2020 

Donor: Kellogg Foundation 

The project will build upon the work already carried out by Slow Food and the Kellogg Foundation on the Maya agro-forestry system with actions on the creole hairless pig, native xunankab bee and pumpkin seeds Presidia in Yucatan.

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Meat the change

End Date: June 2020

DonorItalian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection 

The project, funded by the Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection within the framework of a call for initiatives to disseminate and raise awareness on sustainable development issues, provides for the implementation of a digital campaign to raise awareness and dissemination on the impact of meat consumption on the environment and the climate addressed to Italian consumers.

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Food and Stories for Multiculturalism and Integration  

Slow Food is committed to involving migrant communities in foreign nations, but also to encouraging their direct engagement in their native countries from an international cooperation perspective. With its project, Slow Food wants to connect first- and second-generation migrant communities with the different territories through food, providing them with concrete tools to help them become independent and create economies in the food sector. 

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Grass Malawi 

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation has funded a one-year project (October 2018 – October 2019) called G.R.A.S.S (Growth and Resilience in Agriculture for Sustainable Societies). The Project is developed by Fondazione Slow Food for the Biodiversity ONLUS and Comunità di Sant’Egidio ACAP ONLUS in the central and southern region of Malawi, more precisely in the Dowa, Blantyre, BalakaDedzdaMangochiMachinga districts. The project will develop the resilience of people living with HIV in southern and central Malawi through creation of 30 community gardens, educational training activities about nutrition, food safety and hygiene.   

National Inventory of origin-linked food products in Georgia

Developed in the framework of the joint FAO-EBRD project on “Support to Sustainable Value Chains through the Development of Geographical Indications in the Dairy Sector of Georgia, 2017-2019”. 

The project developed the Inventory of origin-linked Georgian food products, in order to provide basic data and information on origin-linked food and agricultural products from Georgia’s regions and geographical spots. A total of 19 origin-linked products which are included in this Inventory,  registered as GIs in Georgia and are therefore protected as Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). 

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Saliculture solaire à Nouadhibou (SA.SOL.NO) – sel marin comme gestion durable du territoire et levier de developpement local et revenus

The project undertook a supply chain study on the economy of salt in Mauritania.
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The ESSEDRA project, created by the European Commission, promoted rural development and that of small-scale producers in the Balkans and Turkey. Find out more >>

G.Lo.B – Governance Local para a Biodiversidade

The project, financed by DEVCO through their “Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development” – Restricted Call for Proposal 2011 for Local Authorities program analyzed the current situation regarding safekeeping of agricultural biodiversity and the appreciation of local and traditional products in the Bahia Province of Brazil, the Namibe Province of Angola, and the Maputo Province of Mozambique. Find out more >>

TABLE FOR NINE BILLIONS: promoting Europe’s role in growing food and climate justice worldwide

Financed by the European Commission, the project raised public awareness on development issues. It focused on enhancing the overall role of Europe in reforming the global food system in a way that can ensure the universal right to adequate food. Find out more >>


LACTIMED aimed to foster the production and distribution of typical and innovative dairy products in the Mediterranean by organising local value chains, supporting producers in their development projects and creating new markets for their products. Find out more >>


The 4Cities4Dev project, co-financed by the European Union, was formed by the collaborative efforts of four European cities – Turin, which acts as the project leader, Tours, Bilbao, and Riga. Find out more >>

European Schools for Healthy Food

The project intended to connect with European schools in order to disseminate tools to raise-awareness about CAP (the EU Common Agricultural Policy), in particular about the European-wide initiatives that can be utilized within communities to improve school canteens and food service. Find out more >>

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