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Project title:

AlpFoodway: a cross-disciplinary, transnational and participative approach to Alpine food cultural heritage

Programme priority: 

PO 3 Liveable Alpine Space 
SO 3.1 Sustainably valorise Alpine Space cultural and natural heritage

Project duration: 

1/11/2016 - 31/10/2019 (36 months)

Total budget:

2.540.566,15 EUR 

Co-financing (85% ERDF Partners):

1.923.130,22 EUR (ERDF)


Interreg Alpine Space 2014-2020

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Lead partner: Polo Poschiavo (Switzerland) 

ERDF Lead partner: Regione Lombardia (Italy) 

12 project partner (4 from Italy, 3 from Slovenia, 2 from France, 1 from Germany, 1 from Austria in 1 from Switzerland)

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Project summary:

Foodways are socioeconomic and cultural practices related to food production and consumption. Food heritage is a strong
identity source for alpine populations. It goes beyond products to include productive landscapes and traditional knowledge on
production techniques, consumption customs and rituals, and the transmission of ancient wisdom. Depopulation,
ageing population and globalization put Alpine food heritage at risk of disappearing. The project will create a sustainable
development model for peripheral mountain areas based on the preservation/valorization of AS cultural food heritage and on
the adoption of innovative marketing and governance tools. It will also foster the emerging of a transnational alpine identity
based on the common cultural values expressed in food heritage. Project outputs include Vision Paper, Value Charta, mapping of
traditional food heritage, creation of a cutting edge online inventory, courses and educational units, and a cultural exchange
platform based on events and tourist tours. The project will benefit heritage communities; local development professionals and
organizations; cultural institutions; local, regional and national authorities. The project is innovative since it links food heritage
with marketing and consumer culture, and does not consider heritage communities as passive recipients of
‘top-down’ interventions, but instead supports ‘bottom-up’ mobilization processes based on engagement/empowerment
of the citizenship. The project also contributes to a recent international debate (the 2013 UNESCO Convention) on the Intangible
Cultural Heritage. All Alpine administrations are experimenting safeguard and valorization solutions – albeit in a fragmented and
uncoordinated way. The project will develop this theme at a scale –the entire Alps– never attempted before. As future
perspective, the Alpine community could aspire to inscribe the Alpine food heritage on the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage
list as a traditional foodway.

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This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Alpine Space programme.