During the year, Slow Food works to acquire funds from public and private institutions (international organizations, foundations, multilateral donors) for the implementation of projects that contribute to strengthening the network and achieving the strategic objectives of the movement at the global level.
The activities are divided into three main areas, which are linked to each other:
- identification of possible calls for proposals,
- planning of the activities to be carried out and presentation of proposals
- management of the funds acquired.
Below you will find the funded projects that Slow Food is actively working on.
Community-based Value Chain Enhancement in the Greater Caucasus Mountains
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.
Engaging diaspora communities in Italy in collaborative efforts to support rural development and youth employment in Senegal and Morocco
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.
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.
Food is Culture
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.
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, Balaka, Dedzda, Mangochi, Machinga 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.
IFAD & Slow Food: a 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”.
MEDSNAIL: Sustainable Networks for Agro-food Innovation Leading in the Mediterranean
MedSNAIL intends to tackle these issues by fostering the valorisation and development of small-scale traditional agro-food value chains, combining enhancement of market potentialities and socio-environmental sustainability. Project activities will build on the well-established experience, principles and methods of SlowFood, an international grassroots organization promoting traditional food with a strong focus on biodiversity preservation.
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).
Slow Fish Caribe
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.
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.