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:

  1. identification of possible calls for proposals,
  2. planning of the activities to be carried out and presentation of proposals
  3. management of the funds acquired.

Below you will find the funded projects that Slow Food is actively working on.


Operating Grant  

NGO Operating grants for 2011 – 2012 – 2013 – 2014 – 2015 – 2016 – 2017 -2018 – 2019 – 2020 under the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE)

The Operating grant is a co-financing instrument that covers the costs that European environmental NGOs, such as Slow Food, have to bear in carrying out the activities provided for in their annual work programme in relation to EU countries.

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SUSTavianFEED – Alternative animal feeds in Mediterranean poultry breeds to obtain sustainable products. 

End Date: March 2025

Donor: PRIMA Programme supported by the European Union

Partners: ALIA – Sociedad Agraria de Transformacion (Spain) – UMU – University of Murcia (Spain) – UNITO – University of Turin (Italy) – ISA-CM – Institut Superieur Agronomique de Chott Mariem (Tunisia) – Rayhana Ngo (Tunisia) – Entomo Consulting S.L. (Spain) – EGE University (Turkey) – Fondazione Slow Food per la Biodiversità Onlus (Italy)

SUSTAvianFEED aims to demonstrate the efficacy of innovative poultry farming systems and the social effects in rural Mediterranean areas, with a specific focus on gender equality.

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PPILOW – Poultry and Pig Low-input and Organic production systems’ Welfare 

End Date: August 2024 

DonorEuropean Union – DG Research 

The project aims to work on animal welfare and to co-construct, through a multi-actor approach, solutions to improve the welfare of poultry and pigs reared in organic and low-input outdoor production systems. 

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Youth & Food – food as a vehicle for inclusion

End date: 2024

Partners: Al Kharub cooperativa sociale, Associazione Multietnica dei mediatori interculturali, C.P.I.A. Agrigento, Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale CeSPI, Comune di Torino, Coop.Meeting Service Catering, Sanitaria Delfino Società Cooperativa Sociale, Servizio VIII – Centro per l’Impiego di Agrigento.

The project aims to promote the inclusive growth of 60 young migrants, aged between 17 and 21 years, in Piedmont and Sicily through the activation of paths to promote food as a vehicle for integration, economic growth, employment and social development. On the one hand, the aim is to create favorable conditions for social and work integration through the activation of training courses in companies and the financing of 3 entrepreneurial projects; specific training for gastronomic mediators will create further opportunities for integration. On the other hand, work will be done to strengthen the critical understanding of the migration process and will favor the creation of social networks, activating their own networks and involving the citizenship in gastronomic events and culinary workshops; the process will be favored by participating in the debate on the subject with the organization of conferences and the creation of tools for awareness raising .


End date: 2023

Donor:European Union

Partners: Fundación Gran Chaco in coordination with the Rural Communities Network (RCR), the Rural Women’s Cooperative (COMAR), the gender area of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (Flacso) and Slow Food

The name “Niyat” refers to the Wichí name of the traditional leader who represents a guide and bases his leadership on the knowledge and ability to guide the group in the face of the risks and difficulties they must face.

The Niyat project aims to strengthen women in order to generate a new indigenous governance for the co-design of public policies based on rights in the rural areas of the Gran Chaco of Argentina. The objective is to promote indigenous leadership by promoting a process of inter-institutional articulation to consolidate the communities as a local subject protagonist of the interventions in their territory, in dialogue with the State.

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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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MEDSNAIL: Sustainable Networks for Agro-food Innovation Leading in the Mediterranean

End Date: August 2022 

Donor: European Union – ENI CBC MED Programme  

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 Slow Food, an international grassroots organization promoting traditional food with a strong focus on biodiversity preservation. 

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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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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.

CINE – Cinema communities for Innovation, Networks and Environment

End date: 31 October 2021

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


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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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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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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Memorandum of Understanding


Mediterranean Network of Forests Model

The Model Forest concept is based on an innovative approach that combines the social, cultural and economic needs of local communities with the long-term sustainability of forest landscapes. The International Model Forest Network (IFMN) is a voluntary association of partners (public forest services, civil society organizations and others) from around the world working towards a common goal, which is the sustainable management and use of forests and forest landscapes. The concept of Forest Model is largely part of the work program of the FAO Forestry Department, considering also the objectives of the “Legally non-binding instrument on all types of forests” that emerged from the United Nations Forum on Forests and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on October 22, 2007. The partners of the RMFM agree on a common analysis of strategic problems and a shared vision of the future. They agree on the objective of establishing a network of territories that share the common goal of developing the concept of Model Forests in the Mediterranean environment, which will be part of the International Network of Model Forests. The objective of the Network is therefore to test the concept of Model Forests, and its application principles, in the Mediterranean area.

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To learn more about past funded projects, click here

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