Terra Madre Balkans 2016 Kicks Off in Tirana

The fourth edition of Terra Madre Balkans, to be held from June 2 to 5 in Tirana, Albania, will be attended by Edmond Panariti, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration; Milva Ekonomi, Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship; Mirela Kumbaro, Minister of Culture; Brunilda Paskali, Deputy Mayor of Tirana; Alberto Cutillo, Italian ambassador; Yngve Engstrom – EU Delegation to Albania and Carlo Petrini, Slow Food President.

The fourth edition of Terra Madre Balkans is organized by VIS Albania with the support of Slow Food, in partnership with the Albanian Ministry for Agriculture, Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship, the Municipality of Tirana and the Italian Agency for International Cooperation.

The event brings together 350 delegates from 12 countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, The Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Italy and Albania).

 As an essential part of the event, the central Mother Teresa Square is hosting an Earth Market, where over 50 booths give visitors the chance to discover a wide selection of products from Terra Madre food communities, Slow Food Presidia, and the Ark of Taste, Slow Food’s catalog of the world’s food biodiversity.

Slow Food Presidia and representatives from more than 50 Terra Madre food communities are participating in the market from different countries:

  • From Serbia there are some producers of Gledić Crvena Ranka Plum Rakija, a type of brandy made in the heart of Šumadija, a region which has long been known for the quality of its plums. There are also two Terra Madre food communities: Futog Cabbage Producers and Leskovac Ajvar Producers. Among the products presented: the Ajvar from Dimitrovgrad, wine and brandy from Rajac, various types of flour, goat and cow cheeses, meat products and honey.

The program for Terra Madre Balkans 2016 also includes tastings, concerts, workshops and conferences.

Some of the subjects of discussion are for instance:

  • “The Fight Against World Hunger” – Thomas Pogge, professor at Yale University and the leading world expert on world poverty and human rights, presents a reflection on poverty reduction and the role of food.
  • “Accessing Markets, Accessing Opportunities” – to explore the opportunities and constraints in accessing markets for small-scale farmers in the Balkans, both in EU states, as well in candidate countries in process of harmonizing with the acquis communautaire.
  • “Farmers first!”, International Scientific Conference – to build a wide network of academicians and research institutes on food biodiversity and conservation of plant genetic resources; on financial and non-financial barriers preventing small‐scale artisan food producers from accessing markets.
  • “Sustainable rural tourism, agritourism and the multifunctional agriculture approach” – to highlight some of the best experiences that have emerged so far, as well as new ways to help rural tourism boost local development; and to explore the contribution of traditional food production toward social, economic, and environmental sustainability in what is today defined as multifunctional agriculture.
  • For the complete event and conference program, please visit: https://www.essedra.com/biodiversity/terra-madre-balkans/

The event is organized in the framework of the ESSEDRA project, co-funded by the European Union with the aim of supporting the integration process of the Balkan countries and Turkey into Europe through a strengthening of civil society and its capacity to influence policies and promote sustainable models of rural development.

 

After three editions in Sofia (2010, 2012) and Dubrovnik (2014), the Terra Madre Balkans network chose Tirana for this fourth meeting. Terra Madre Balkans is the first network of its kind to unite food communities from several countries of the same region. Slow Food and Terra Madre formed a deep-rooted network in the region with thousands of supporters, 24 Slow Food Presidia, 100 food communities, 50 chefs, 15 educational programs on nutrition and taste in schools and over 280 Balkan products listed in Slow Food’s Ark of Taste catalog.

 

For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Slow Food International Press Office

Paola Nano, +39 329 8321285, p.nano@slowfood.it, internationalpress@slowfood.it

Slow Food Area Coordinator for the Balkans

Michele Rumiz, +39 0172 419 746, m.rumiz@slowfood.it

Event Coordinator and leader of VIS Albania

PierPaolo Ambrosi, +355 68 205 6693

vis.nordalb@gmail.com, a.pierpaolo@gmail.com, terra.madre.balkans.2016@gmail.com

Media Coordinator for Albania

Mira Tuci, +355 69 4062218, tucimira@gmail.com

Slow Food involves over a million of people dedicated to and passionate about good, clean and fair food. This includes chefs, youth, activists, farmers, fishers, experts and academics in over 160 countries; a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members linked to 1,500 local chapters worldwide (known as convivia), contributing through their membership fee, as well as the events and campaigns they organize; and over 2,400 Terra Madre food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world.