EU-funded project Sustainable Networks for Agro-food Innovation Leading in the Mediterranean (MedSNAIL) has been launched under the framework of ENI CBC Med programme. With a total budget of 2 million €, the three-year project includes seven countries: Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Malta and Jordan.
Many challenges are threatening the Mediterranean agro-food sector like the gradual loss of local varieties, a high sectorial fragmentation, rural poverty (mostly affecting women) and limited investment capacity of rural entrepreneurs, lack of training on socio-environmental sustainability, weak business planning and marketing strategies. Moreover, EU food security regulations represent a barrier for many small producers from non-EU countries.
MedSNAIL will address these issues by fostering the enhancement and development of small-scale traditional agro-food value chains that will offer increased business opportunities and more socio-environmental sustainability. The project will build on the well-established experience and methods of SlowFood, an international grassroots organisation promoting traditional food with a strong focus on biodiversity preservation.