The Battle is Just Beginning

Two years on from the launch of the ESSEDRA project, Ivo Kara Pešić, Dubrovnik Convivium Leader and organizer of the most recent Terra Madre Balkans takes a look back…  The Terra Madre Balkans network met in June this year, in Dubrovnik, to discuss issues crucial to the survival of the small-scale food producers and traditional fishers of our countries. For us organizers, the event was a great challenge. But if … Continued

Get Ready to Celebrate – Terra Madre Day

Worldwide… As you know, the most important thing we can do is nourish the Slow Food movement from the bottom up. That is why we need everyone who supports Slow Food to get involved in this year’s Terra Madre Day! This global celebration of local food, held every year on December 10, is your chance to engage with communities across the globe, right in their hometowns. We invite everybody, members … Continued

Cheese, Jams, Spirits and Wine – Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre

The Balkans is an extraordinary region that boasts a wealth of breathtaking landscapes, cultural heritage and fantastic food. Across the Balkans, a higher percentage of people are engaged in agriculture that in Western Europe. In Italy just 3% of the population works in agriculture, compared with 40% in Albania, 30% in Romania, and 25% in Serbia. People are leaving rural areas in their droves: across rural Bulgaria there are now … Continued

The Magnificent Three – Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre

A guiding thread links the three new Balkan Presidia that will be presented at the Salone del Gusto: the desire of communities to build their future by focusing on local resources… This year, the Balkans and Turkey will be represented at the Salone del Gusto by a large exhibition area. Along with many of the communities and Presidia who over the years have joined the Slow Food network, this year … Continued

Europe at Salone del Gusto

In recent years, Slow Food has undergone significant development in Europe, from local projects to more and more activities characterized by a strong political commitment towards the issues on the European agenda. The starting point is always the virtuous, small-scale food producers and the necessary alliance between them and consumers. The local projects, like the Presidia, which represent a virtuous model for food production, are being joined by important discussions … Continued

Under the Croatian Sky – Terra Madre Balkans

Croatia… The Balkans: a region rich in culture, traditions and foods of great value, many of which are still little known but which could act as a driving force for the many rural communities that produce them The third edition of Terra Madre Balkans was held in Dubrovnik from June 19 to 22. After two editions in Sofia, the challenge of moving the event to a new location paid off, … Continued

EU candidate status for Albania

Belgium… The General Affairs Council meeting on 24 June granted EU candidate status to Albania, and adopted the EU maritime strategy and solidarity clause. Ministers also dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council summit. The Council decided to grant Albania candidate status. The decision is now subject to approval by the European Council. The Council also urged the Western Balkan country to step up the fight against corruption and … Continued

Terra Madre Balkans 2014 – Event Program

Croatia… The third edition of Terra Madre Balkans features an Earth Market and conferences Organized by Kinookus with the support of Slow Food, the third edition of Terra Madre Balkans will be held from June 19 to 22 in Dubrovnik and will bring together food communities from southeast Europe to celebrate their food traditions and call for action to safeguard their rural heritage. More than 200 delegates from 11 countries … Continued

Kinookus Representatives With President Josipović

Croatia… President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipović received the representatives of the Association Kinookus regarding the upcoming event Terra Madre Balkans meetings of small-scale traditional farmers in Dubrovnik During a pleasant conversation with President Josipović, the representatives of the Association, Ana Nakić, Doris Mudrovčić, Ivana Hladilo, Marijan Kocković and Ivo Kara-Pešić, presented the key projects of Kinookus, with a special focus on Terra Madre Balkans meetings, which they … Continued

Terra Madre Balkans 2014

Croatia… Delegates from 11 countries of the Balkan region will take part in the third food community meeting, this year held from June 19 to 22 in Dubrovnik After two editions in Sofia (Bulgaria), the Terra Madre Balkans network chose Dubrovnik (Croatia) for this third meeting that brings together food communities from Southeast Europe. More than 200 delegates will be arriving from 11 countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, … Continued