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2 Theme: Strengthening Civil Society for rural development Project title: ESSEDRA Environmentally Sustainable Socio-Economic Development of Rural Areas This project is funded by the European Union Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) Civil Society Facility (CSF) The views expressed in this presentation do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission

3 Logic of intervention Identify specific needs in small-scale agriculture to adequately promote and support traditional food productions in the Balkans and Turkey  desk research on relevant law and policy processes in each country  field research on endangered food and agricultural products  Advocacy, to influence public policies on agriculture, rural development and food sector Grassroots projects, to preserve endangered food and products (Ark of taste and Presidia)   Raising awareness  among decisions makers, so to promote a sustainable rural development model;  among citizens, so to impact their daily food choices;

4 F IELD RESEARCH THEMES …SSFs rely on preserved food biodiversity (animal breeds, varieties), and on traditional knowledge (processing methods and techniques). …such as? We have engaged in a huge mapping of each country territory to identify what are the existing food heritages that are facing extinction. We will do so through the tools provided by Slow Food: 1.The Ark of Taste; 2.Slow Food Presidia;

5 The territories involved ALBANIA BULGARIA BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA CROAZIA REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA (FYRoM) ROMANIA SERBIA TURKEY

6 ESSEDRA project: territory of intervention

7 1. T HE A RK OF T ASTE is a catalogue of exceptional gastronomic products in danger of disappearing, with specific rules and regulations; Everyone is entitled to submit applications, which are then considered, discussed, and approved by an International commission; Today there are over 2,000 registered products;

8 TRADITIONAL FOOD IN THE B ALKANS THE STATE OF PLAY

9 GI S IN THE E UROPE 1434 products in EU countries (approved or application submitted) THE MAIN COUTRIES: Italy  302 France  254 Spain  212

10 GI S IN THE E UROPE How about former socialist countries / “new” countries of the EU? Poland  37 Czech republic  36

11 G IS IN THE E UROPE How about the Balkans? Greece  107 !

12 G IS IN THE E UROPE How about the Balkans & Anatolia(without Greece)? 4 approved… 11 submitted application…

13 G IS IN THE B ALKANS AND T URKEY ( DEC. 2013) Approved (4): 1.Gornooryahovski sudjuk, Bulgaria (PGI) (approved) 2.Istarski pršut, Croatia (PDO) (Approved) 3.Gaziantep Baklavasi, Turkey (PGI) (Approved) 4.Magiun de prune Topoloveni, Romania (PGI) (Approved) Application submitted (9) 1.LUKANKA PANAGYURSKA, Bulgaria (TSG) (application submitted) 2.Bulgarsko rozovo maslo, Bulgaria (TSG) (application submitted) 3.FILE „ELENA”, Bulgaria (TSG) (application submitted) 4.KAYSEROVAN VRAT „TRAKIYA”, Bulgaria (TSG) (application submitted) 5.ROLE „TRAPEZITSA”, Bulgaria (TSG) (application submitted) 6.Varaždinsko zelje, Croatia (PDO) (application submitted) 7.Aydın İnciri, Turkey (PDO), (application submitted) 8.Afyon Sucuġu, Turkey (PGI) (application submitted) 9.Afyon Pastırması, Turkey (PGI) (application submitted) According to EU regulations (EC 509/2006): TSG - Traditional specialities guaranteed PGI – protected Geographical Indication PDO – protected designation of origin

14 This is why we carried out the ESSEDRA field research!

15 ESSEDRA FIELD RESEARCH How we carried it out? It was carried by each partner in each of the 8 targeted countries Either directly or outsourced Carried out What products we searched for? Endangered varieties, breeds, and techniques; It is not complete yet, as each partner focus on its own field of expertise and area of expertise; analysed history, culture, and the environment, to highlight differences (for those products which have similar names);

16 ESSEDRA FIELD RESEARCH 274 endangered food products Identified in 24 months of research!

17 S TATE OF PLAY OF THE APPLICATION SUBMITTED

18 P RODUCT PER COUNTRY

19 E NDENGERED PRODUCTS BY CATHEGORY

20 ESSEDRA FIELD RESEARCH Anyone can help us identifying products: Find out how: arca/segnala_arca.lasso?-id_pg=82 arca/segnala_arca.lasso?-id_pg=82

21 MAJOR THREATS ( PROV )

22 Major threats 1.Using newer and higher yielding varieties/breeds 2.Difficulties to comply with hygiene rules and regulations 3.Shepherd work is not attractive 4.Abandonment of rural areas 5.Traditional products are considered of little value / regarded as "old" 6.Industrial versions is more attractive

23 Logic of intervention Identify specific needs in small-scale agriculture to adequately promote and support traditional food productions in the Balkans and Turkey  desk research on relevant law and policy processes in each country  field research on endangered food and agricultural products  Advocacy, to influence public policies on agriculture, rural development and food sector Grassroots projects, to preserve endangered food and products (Ark of taste and Presidia)   Raising awareness  among decisions makers, so to promote a sustainable rural development model;  among citizens, so to impact their daily food choices;

24 Grassroots projects (phase 2) 1.Slow Food Presidia 2.Alliance in between chefs and Slow Food 3.Slow Food Planet 4.Earth Markets

25 Slow Food Presidia Presidia are grassroots projects designed to concretely sustain quality production at risk of extinction; The Presidia’s primary goals are to: improve product quality and producers’ ability to judge product quality; develop associations, technical capabilities, and skills to facilitate the promotion and sale of products; Today there are over 400 Presidia worldwide, with over 10,000 farmers involved;

26 Slow Food Presidia Ark of taste  products Presidia  People! Participation, ownership Social, and cultural capital Networking, know-how transfer Symboliv value

27 Follow us!  Balkans Balkans 


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