On November 23, as an EU-funded project, Slow Food Azerbaijan representatives together with Young European Ambassadors (YEAs) participated at the 5th Baku Goodwill Charity Fair in aid of homeless pets. The event aims to raise awareness about animal protection, as well as to educate children in the spirit of animal rights defender. As a part of this goal, Slow Food spoke about protecting biodiversity and the importance of animal care during the implementation of the COVCHEG project.
As a part of an initiative to discuss the establishment of the Presidia (a cooperative amongst the otherwise disconnected producers aimed at lifting the barriers encountered during the production phase) with identified producers and collect data for the protocols of manufacture, three Slow Food (SF) officials – Francesco Sottile, Yagub Zeynalzade, and Nasimi Sadigzade – went on a series of regional trips to the targeted rural areas of Azerbaijan.
On November 21, 2019, a seminar titled “Safe Food, High-Quality Productions, and a Strong Country Brand. An Italian-Azerbaijani Dialogue” was held in Baku Expo Café within the 4th Italian Cuisine Week event, organized by the Italian Embassy in Baku and Agro Procurement and Supply OJSC under the Ministry of Agriculture.
From October 28-31, the Slow Food COVCHEG team, together with the Azerbaijan Tourism Board and representatives from the State Agro Trade Company, participated in a study trip to Biella, Italy, to learn about agritourism. The participants were introduced to Slow Food Travel destinations, Slow Food Presidia producers, local Ark of Taste products, and restaurants that are part of the local Cooks’ Alliance
Community-based Value Chain Enhancement in the Greater Caucasus Mountains area valorizes local gastronomy and cultural heritage, aiming to foster economic regeneration and the well-being of rural communities in Azerbaijan. The project promotes a development model that combines agrobiodiversity maintenance, economic development, and poverty reduction as mutually supportive objectives that can be achieved by the sound management and productive use of agrobiodiversity resources.
Slow Food works around the world to protect food biodiversity, build links between producers and consumers, and raise awareness of some of the most pressing topics affecting our food system. Through the most important Slow Food projects, the Covcheg project enhances a sustainable local food chain, capable of increasing revenue for small household producers, promotes rural tourism, as an additional source of revenue for more resilient rural communities, and improves links between viable rural communities and resilient local food systems.
The project promotes a repeatable development model that combines agrobiodiversity maintenance, economic development, and poverty reduction as mutually supportive objectives that can be achieved by the sound management and productive use of agrobiodiversity resources. Through the use of specific tools, the working model can be repeated in any area of the world.
Historically a part of the Great Silk Road, Azerbaijan is a land where eastern colors combine magnificently with western progress. Located on the western coast of the Caspian Sea and in the eastern part of the Southern Caucasus, Azerbaijan is a country of unique nature, unmatched culture, centuries of history with its customs and traditions and fine cuisine, the fame of which has probably gone around the world and back several times.
The Project implemented by the Slow Food in partnership with APPU and NARMA
The Project is funded by the European Union
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