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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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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Building Local Economies in East Africa Through Agroecology 

End Date: February 2021 

Donor: Agroecology Fund 

By spreading agroecological practices and strengthening farmers’ knowledge about agroecological farming, the project aims to boost local economies and improve the livelihoods of local communities. This will be done also by enhancing market opportunities based on direct contact between producers and consumers, which will generate better income, employment and well-being (as a deep multiplier effect), and by contributing to a new narrative on agroecology, essential to raising awareness about agroecology as “the agriculture of the future” and advocating for long-lasting change. Women, youth and indigenous communities’ entrepreneurial and productive roles will be supported, and their inclusion as custodians of invaluable food biodiversity and heritage will be promoted at all levels. 

The international Slow Food association will lead the collaborative as an umbrella organization, ensuring coordination and sound knowledge-sharing and advancing the role of its African partners on the global stage in connection with international platforms and allies. It will contribute to the global conversation on agroecology as a solution to world hunger by amplifying messages and stories from the collaborative’s areas. 

The Slow Food branches in Kenya and Uganda, two countries where the proposed methodologies have already been successfully implemented for some years, will reinforce and expand the on-going actions and transfer their successful experience to territories in Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania by supporting the further development of the same approach. Activities leading to the transition to agroecology will include training, exchanges and local and regional events. 

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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