MedSNAIL promoting Mediterranean slow food products held its final conference sharing with other agrifood experiences
The Andalusian Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FAMP), lead partner of MedSNAIL, has organised this Tuesday 20th June 2023, in the Caixa Forum building in Seville, Spain the final conference of the project, entitled "Sharing experiences in the Mediterranean agri-food sector". The event focused on the presentation of the final results of the project and the experiences of its partners in their respective countries.
The final conference was attended by Vicent Ernoux, coordinator of the ENI CBC MED programme's Branch Office in Valencia. Mr Ernoux took advantage of this forum to present the Interreg NEXT MED programme, which will continue the work of the ENI CBC MED programme in the current EU programming period.
The event has been a good opportunity to learn about other ENI CBC MED projects developed in the agri-food sector with the participation of Andalusian partners. The projects that have participated presenting their experiences have been the MedArtSal project, from the University of Cádiz and devoted to the sustainable management of artisanal salt mines; the ARTOLIO project, from the University of Jaén and focused on the artisanal olive oil industry; and the FruitFlyNet-II project from the University of Córdoba and dedicated to the monitoring and control of olive and fruit flies
The conference served to assess the trajectory of MedSNAIL in the six areas of the Mediterranean in which it has been developed, including countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Tunisia and Spain, and to present the methodology developed within the framework of the project, which is inspired by the "Slow Food" philosophy and models. In addition, the partnership signed the MedSNAIL Alliance, an open and scalable tool to ratify the commitment of those entities interested in strengthening and adding value to Mediterranean food chains.
The MedSNAIL partners stressed the active participation of companies and producers in the agri-food sector in their respective regions and highlighted the main tools of the project, including the creation of a narrative labelling system for the promotion of local products with high ecological value, the development of farmers’ markets of local products and the promotion of producers’ consortia as spaces for governance in agri-food matters.