What is the Slow Food Presidia?

The Presidia sustain quality production at risk of extinction, protect unique regions and ecosystems, recover traditional processing methods, safeguard native breeds and local plant varieties.

Today, more than 500 Presidia involve more than 13,000 producers.

The project

The Slow Food Presidia project began in 1999.

After cataloguing the first hundred products at risk of extinction (with the Ark of Taste Project), Slow Food took a step further, entering the world of the production process, to learn about the areas of origin, meet producers, promote their products, skills and knowledge. Over the years the Slow Food Presidia project has become one of the most effective instruments to put Slow Food’s politics on agriculture and biodiversity into practice. In 2008, nine years after the creation of the project, Slow Food Italy took on board the producer’s request and established the Slow Food Presidia label to accompany, identify, protect and promote Italian Slow Food Presidia products.