COVCHEG: Community-based Value Chain Enhancement in the Greater Caucasus Mountains area in Azerbaijan


Project Description

Community-based Value Chain Enhancement in the Greater Caucasus Mountains of Azerbaijan – The COVCHEG project aims at protecting local biodiversity through tools developed by Slow Food International. Ark of Taste component promotes local biodiversity elements worldwide, Presidia component gathers farmers to form a food community and creates production protocols to increase production quality.

On the other hand, Slow Food Travel, Earth Markets and Cooks’ Alliance components help for further promotion and marketing of local products by also creating alternative income opportunities. Finally, Education component raises awareness and teaches the younger generation about the importance of local biodiversity.

Specific Objective

– To enhance a sustainable local food chain capable of increasing revenue for small household producers;
– To promote rural tourism as an additional source of revenue for more resilient rural communities;
– To improve linkages between viable rural communities and resilient local food systems.

Expected Results

– The strengthened community-driven food system;
– Market-driven pilot initiatives;
– Increased diversification of economic activities.

Project Map

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Slow Food International

  • Priority Area:
    Economic development and better market opportunities; Economic development and better market opportunities

  • Region: Shaki-Zaqatala; Mountainous Shirvan

  • Project Type: Local

  • Start Date: 2018-09-01

  • End Date: 2021-08-31
  • Implementing Organisation:
    Slow Food International

  • EU Contribution:
    €813 105

  • EU Project Number:
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