The ESSEDRA project, created by the European Commission, began in December 2012 to promote rural development and that of small-scale producers in the Balkans and Turkey, through the reevaluation of traditional dishes, products, native species, and the promotion of local food biodiversity. The project aims to involve the communities themselves in safeguarding the environment and the products that are at risk of disappearing, to limit climate change, and to guarantee a sustainable quality of life for the communities found in that geographic area.

Objectives: To support the EU integration process by strengthening the capacity of and giving voice and visibility to CSOs in the Balkans and Turkey which focuses on: environment, agriculture, rural development and food quality.

Specific objectives:  To strengthen the capacities of the CSO’s to provide analysis, strategic advocacy and monitoring of relevant policies related to the food system and the rural development; -To participate in the public debate on sustainable rural development in the Balkans and Turkey and influence policy and decision making process; – To promote better linkages between viable rural communities functioning and resilient local food system, sustainable use of the land and biodiversity conservation; – To raise awareness among Balkans and Turkish citizens on the influence of public policies on their daily lives and on how they can effectively influence the policy formulation and implementation processes


  • Target: CSOs active in the fields of environment protection, agriculture and food,
  • small-scale farmers and food producers
  • local communities
  • citizens, especially in their capacity of consumers
  • public authorities at regional, national and European level policy-makers
  • universities, research institutions
  • media

Project Closed/Ongoing: The project is closed

Partners: Slow Food (capofila), EFNCP, Slow Food Bulgaria, ADEPT, Vis Albania, Okusi, Slou Fud Bitola, MDD, Natura Balkanika, Kinookus.

  • Did you learn something new from this page?
  • yesno