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Sustainable Networks for Agro-food Innovation Leading in the Mediterranean

About the project

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 organization promoting traditional food with a strong focus on biodiversity preservation. 

Key information

Sustainable Networks for Agro-food Innovation Leading in the Mediterranean
A.1 Business and SMEs development
A.1.2 Euro-Mediterranean economic clusters
Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Malta, Jordan

Financial data

2 million
Total budget
1.8 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


Project in numbers

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Project duration

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Project outputs



What will be improved?

The use of socially and environmentally sustainable farming and production methods will be promoted and spread across the Mediterranean region. It is expected that the quality, quantity and visibility of local agro-food products will be improved. As a result, incomes of small rural enterprises - with a special focus on those run by women - will be increased. Finally, jobs will be created in newly established agro-food SMEs.

Who will benefit?

  • 300 small scale agro-food producers and farmers 
  • 60 public authorities 
  • 60 young university graduates

Expected achievements

  • 1 study on the agro-biodiversity in the target regions 
  • 2 training courses on slow food approach and best practices
  • 1 MedSNAIL alliance among small producers, publish authorities and business to promote good, clean and fair food
  • 90 MSMEs involved in sustainable food value chain pilot projects
  • 6 slow-hubs created to provide consultancy services to agro-food MSMEs
  • 6 farmers’ markets created
  • 1 Euro-Mediterranean “Chef Alliance” established

Project news

MedSNAIL University of Sfax team trained on the identification of valuable local agri-food products

The University of Sfax, a partner in the MedSNAIL project, participated in a bilateral training meeting with the technical teams of Slow Foo…


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MedSNAIL project helps preseve agro-biodiversity in Palestine

MedSNAIL project starts building capacities among partners to properly identify local communities of producers, products and local leaders on which to pilot MedSNAIL project in each territory involved.


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Rediscovering the culinary heritage of Jordan thanks to MedSNAIL project

The MedSNAIL project will focus on rediscovering the culinary heritage of the Balqa region, which is characterized by its biodiversity of agro-food products and the diversity …


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Call for tenders: MedSNAIL project is looking for external audit services in Jordan

Women for Cultural Development (Namaa) is looking for an external auditor in charge of expenditure and revenue verification.


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Lebanon: MedSNAIL highlights traditional agro-food products

The two pilot areas of the Shouf and West Bekaa have always been home for the traditional know-how linked to agriculture and food processing.


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MedSNAIL provides training to support Gozo Regional Committee (Malta) to rediscover the island’s culinary heritage

On 26 June, Gozo Regional Committee (GRC) participated in the bilateral training meeting on the Field Mapping activity of the project. The a…


Project news

Agro-biodiversity: MedSNAIL project builds capacities among partners

MedSNAIL project starts building capacities among partners to properly identify local communities of agro-food producers and products in each territory involved.


Project news

20 May 2020
MedSNAIL project progresses in time of COVID-19

MedSNAIL aims to valorise local agro-food products in order to preserve agro-biodiversity and intangible cultural heritage, empower local farmers towrads a more sustainable rural development.


Project news

29 January 2020
Job vacancy: MedSNAIL is looking for a project manager in Tunisia

The deadline for applications is 7th of February 2020.


Project news

14 January 2020
Call for tenders: provision of technical assistance services to the MedSNAIL project

The deadline for submitting bids is the 27th of January 2020.