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ESDU & LDEM partner with MedSNAIL: First desk reviews of the sustainable agrifood systems in the Mediterranean

​​​ ​ESDU and LDEM has been partnering with MedSNAIL (Sustainable Networks for Agro-food Innovation Leading in the Mediterranean) since the end of 2019. The project addresses issues in the Mediterranean basin countries: local varieties, rural poverty (mostly affecting women), limited investment capacity of rural entrepreneurs, and lack of training on socio-environmental sustainability, business planning, and marketing strategie.


At present, the partners are at the stage of mapping products (raw materials, animal breeds, processed products, traditional techniques, recipes) that are present in the area of intervention. The first phase of this mapping includes desk reviews by all partners aimed at analyzing the target contexts of these products and first approach to stakeholders in the territories.


A rethought of the project’s work plan will take place during the next months, in addition to a series of bilateral virtual meetings for Slow Food Foundation and the project’s partners. 
AUB has already identified the territories of intervention of the project: West Bekaa and Shouf; their motivations for this choice are in line with the philosophy and values that the project wants to promote.  It highlights the history and origins of food products and traditional dishes and focus on the cultural and emotional ties that people hold to the West Bekaa and Shouf areas.


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