The Presidia sustain quality production at risk of extinction, protect unique regions and ecosystems, recover traditional processing methods, safeguard native breeds and local plant varieties.

After cataloguing the first hundred products at risk of extinction (with the Ark of Taste Project), the project took a step further, entering the world of the production process, to learn about the areas of origin, meet producers, promote their products, skills and knowledge. In this way, Presidia involve small-scale producers who are willing to cooperate, including jointly defining production rules and ways to promote products. Their main job is to preserve their ancient knowledge, promote sustainable practices and develop local areas.

Over the years the Slow Food Presidia project has become one of the most effective instruments to put Slow Food’s politics on agriculture and biodiversity into practice. Today, more than 600 Presidia involve more than 13,000 producers in the world.

Ata-Baba Hazelnut

Azerbaijani hazelnuts appeared on the world market in the 1930s, when a full-fledged nut-processing factory was built in Zagatala (next to Gabala and Gakh districts). As Azerbaijan began to consolidate as one of the most important producing countries in the world, local varieties began to lose commercial importance, except for a very local basis, often not adequately remunerated. Small-scale producers […]

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Madrasa Grape

In the 1870s-80s, there were 50 thousand hectares planted with Madrasa vines, but the total cultivated area has decreased significantly over the past century. In the early 20th century, much of the population of Shamakhi was engaged in viticulture, and Madrasa was the regional center of winemaking. However, in 1985, as a result of the anti-alcohol campaign, more than 130 […]

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Wild Caucasian Rosehip

The wild rosehip’s products are strictly embedded into the Azerbaijan rural population of the Caucasian mountains since ever. The traditional knowledge connected to these preparations has been passed along over generation, preserving these nutritious sources of food from the extinction. Due to this characteristic, the products were never marketed but mainly used for families owns consumption. Nowadays, due to depopulation […]

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