Terra Madre Balkans – The Network
Terra Madre Balkans is a network of all food communities and Slow Food projects in the Balkan Peninsula. Since 2010, Terra Madre Balkans has been fighting to save the gastronomic traditions and food biodiversity of one of Europe’s most fascinating and least-known regions.
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.
The Terra Madre Balkans network meets every two years, but its energy is mostly deployed in small initiatives around the region: knowledge exchanges between Bosnian and Macedonian producers, training workshops in Romania for students from different countries, campaigns to protect the landscape and the rights of small-scale farmers, and village festivals celebrating the local agrobiodiversity and the best of local cuisine. All this is Terra Madre Balkans.