500 people from 50 countries have answered our appeal and helped us to raise more than €40,000.
Thanks to them, we were able to cover the costs of a significant share of the activities we carried out in 2016.
What did we do in 2016?
GARDENS IN AFRICA: fresh, healthy food for schools and communities
In 2016, we created 597 new food gardens in 17 African countries, reaching a total number of 2,607 gardens (1,200 in schools and 1,407 in communities). A total of 2,300 people were involved in an intensive educational program, with training provided on agroecological techniques, soil and water management, seeds and more.
ARK OF TASTE: the global catalog of traditional foods at risk of extinction
During 2016 we published 1,181 descriptions of products from 95 countries around the world. The top ten countries with the most new Ark products in 2016 were France (172), Brazil (76), Peru (74), China (44), Mexico (39), the United States (38), the United Kingdom (36), South Africa (30), Australia (29) and Chile (28).
SLOW FOOD PRESIDIA: good practices that save biodiversity and regenerate local economies
A total of 45 new Presidia were launched in 2016, and we passed the threshold of 500 projects. Currently 514 Presidia are active in 67 countries. The countries where new Presidia were established in 2016 are Austria (3), Belgium (2), Brazil (1), Bulgaria (1), Canada (1), Colombia (1), the Czech Republic (1), Indonesia (3), Italy (17), Macedonia (1), Mexico (6), Peru (1), Romania (1), South Africa (1), Tanzania (1), Uganda (3) and the United Kingdom (1).
SLOW FOOD CHEFS’ ALLIANCE: bringing the products of small-scale farming into restaurants
In 2016, the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance spread to Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Kenya, Uganda, India, Belgium, France and Germany.
Currently the project involves 700 chefs in 15 countries.
EARTH MARKETS: shortening the distance between producers and consumers
New Earth Markets were started in 2016 in Chile (4), Italy (5), Latvia (1), Spain (1), Turkey (1) and Uganda (1).
There are now 59 Earth Markets in 17 countries.
Why save biodiversity?
Only biodiversity can guarantee good, clean and fair food for everyone, without destroying the planet. Intensive agriculture—based on a few varieties grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides and a few livestock breeds farmed using industrial methods—is bad for the environment and bad for our health.
Donations were received by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, the non-profit organization that promotes and coordinates Slow Food’s biodiversity-protectionprojects around the world.