In these recent times of crisis, the importance and essential value of the food supply chain was emphasized by all parties. This emergency situation compelled us to reflect on the transformation needed if we want to achieve a food system that feeds all people well, regenerates and protects the environment, and allows local cultures to survive and prosper. Change must start now. And communities are the tools with which this change needs to be implemented.

Following its International Congress in Chengdu (China, 2017), Slow Food agreed to identify in the communities a new organizational model more open, inclusive and rooted in local areas; a way to bring all people from different paths together in their fight for good, clean and fair food for all.

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The Slow Food Resilience Fund is aimed at those Communities working as collective projects with companies, individuals and stakeholders committed to achieving change in local food systems by adopting more sustainable and inclusive practices. They represent examples of replicable good practices to create tangible change in food production, processing, distribution and consumption.

The economic texture of the food system that Slow Food promotes is made up of small and medium-sized local food businesses that have been hardly hit by this crisis and risk being marginalized in the recovery packages currently being devised and implemented by governments. It is necessary to seek the protagonists of virtuous food chains, to give them resources and support based on their real and immediate needs so they can get over the crisis, increase their impact and make it permanent.

Our communities are thriving and responding to the crisis in all parts of the globe. They are delivering solutions – starting from the characteristics of the local contexts and the needs of local actors – that are not just a response to the crisis, but an option for growth and change in the new scenarios that we will face in the near future.

If you would like to support the Slow Food Resilience Fund or if you would like to apply your community to the list that the Fund supports please get in touch with: