Based in Italy, Slow Food is the lead partner of the ESSEDRA project. Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with millions of supporters and 100,000 members in 160 countries around the world, who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. Slow Food believes that everyone has a fundamental right to the pleasure of good food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of biodiversity, culture and knowledge that make this pleasure possible. A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.
European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism Ltd.
Registered office: 97 Oakwell Court, Hamsterley Vale, Co. Durham NE17 7BE, UK
Working address: 5/8 Ellishadder, Culnancoc, Portree IV51 9JE, UK
Ph.: +44 788 411 6048
EFNCP is the only European organization focusing on the maintenance of low-intensity livestock farming. This type of farming is widespread on less productive land in many European countries, typically using semi-natural pastures and meadows. It is the most important farming for conserving biodiversity across Europe, and for other environmental services, such as managing water-catchments and preventing wild fires. EFNCP’s aim is a viable economic future for High Nature Value farming across Europe. EFNCP’s network is uniquely positioned to provide a direct link between local projects involving low-intensity farming, and policy-making processes at national and EU levels.
Slou Fud Bitola
Slow Food Bitola is working to build a new gastronomic culture based on traditional Macedonian cuisine, protect agricultural products made by local farmers and pass on knowledge to future generations.
Association of Slow Food Convivia in Bulgaria
The goal of the association is to discover, document and restore rural culture and food traditions around Bulgaria, and promote them as a part of the national heritage and as a tool for the sustainable development of local communities.
Udruzenje Mladih za promociju tradicionalnih proizvoda “Okusi Hercegovinu” Mostar
Okusi Hercegovinu is a Mostar-based network of associations of producers (cheese, honey, organic agriculture, etc.) and individual small producers that plays a significant role in the promotion of gastronomic and rural tourism, organizing many fairs and other activities to promote typical and traditional products.
Fundaţia ADEPT Transilvania
Romania has many of the most important High Nature Value farmed landscapes surviving in Europe today. Since 2002, Fundaţia ADEPT has been working with farmers, local communities, universities, NGOs and the government at all levels in order to solve a range of problems threatening the survival of these remarkable landscapes and the small-scale farming communities living within them. ADEPT is carrying out an integrated programme linking economic and social benefits with biodiversity conservation, and raising local capacity for good management in the future.
Muftak Dostlari Dernegi – MDD (Foka)
Mutfak Dostları Dernegi-MDD, founded in Istanbul in 1991, is one of the leading food-related NGOs in Turkey. Its founding members wanted to promote, protect and support Turkey’s unique cuisine. The main objectives of MDD are to promote and develop the country’s rich gastronomic culture through scientific research, as well as organizing seminars, panels, food fairs, lotteries, dance and music shows, conferences, excursions, contests, exhibitions and similar activities to promote local cuisine both in Turkey and abroad.
Vullnetarizmi Nderkombetar Per Zhvillim Ne Shquiperi, VIS Albania
IS Albania is a branch of VIS – International Volunteer Service for Development, headquartered in Rome. VIS has been present in Albania since 1995. Since then, the VIS strategy has been oriented towards supporting Albanian children and youth, creating opportunities for care, formal and informal education, and vocational training. Its actions are being constantly developed so as to reach the greatest number of beneficiaries in the best possible way.
Association “Natura Balkanika”
Natura Balkanika is a non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization founded in Dimitrovgrad in 2000. The basic principle of Natura Balkanika is the opinion that the conservation of nature must be done through the conservation of the whole web of life, human and natural.
KINOOKUS (“Cinetaste”, founded in January 2010) is an association of 15 young professionals in the audio-visual, educational, scientific, artistic and managerial fields, who come together to work on projects that bring multidisciplinary and holistic approaches to questions of land and food, to new models of culture and society, and to the innate complexity of human beings.