|Discussing local economies and Mediterranean products in Cyprus|
|On May 22 and 23, the NGO CEFA the Seed of Solidarity, Slow Food and Fair Trade Italy are organizing a two day seminar in Cyprus to provide information and raise awareness about local economies and Mediterranean products. The event forms part of the three year EU-financed project “Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity Protection and Fair Trade, together against poverty” which aims to make people aware of the interdependence between countries in the Global South and Europe, the fight against poverty and the promotion of fairer relations between poor and developed countries.
The seminar will focus on two topics: extravirgin olive oil and capers as symbolic products of the Mediterranean—and markets, as places where not only goods but also cultures are exchanged.
Extravirgin olive oil lies at the heart of the diet of Mediterranean peoples and its cultural importance is supported by its central economic role. Through studying the history of olive oil production and its current position, it is intended to analyze the dynamics of the global economy, particularly the possible interactions between the North and the South of the Mediterranean. Representatives from some of the most important olive-oil producing countries will share their knowledge and experience. They may be diverse and geographically distant from each other, but they are united by common principles: a respect for the environment, an urge to defend biodiversity and a desire to create fair trade conditions.
The focus on local economies and exchanges between the two sides of the Mediterranean will be boosted by discussions about some traditional and recently revived farmers’ markets in Italy and Lebanon. These ventures do much to support local economies, while respecting the quality of produce, the environment and fair systems of distribution, which are so frequently undermined by large scale systems.
Thursday, May 22, 2008, Limassol, Carob Mill
H 9:00 – Participants registration
H 9:30 – Presentation of project
Annarita Hadjigavriel, Slow Food Cyprus
H 10:30 – Typical products and local agriculture renaissance. Olive oil in the Mediterranean
H 11:30 – Coffee break
Nacho Landeren, Maestrat Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Millenary Trees Presidium – Historical landscapes protection through the promotion of a special olive oil
H 13:00 – Taste Workshop
H 15.30 – Discussion: Technical aspects of olive oil production and commercialization
H 17:00 – Taste Workshop
Friday, May 23, 2008, Limassol, Carob Mill
H 09:30 – Markets as crossroads of goods and cultures
H 11:00 – Coffee break
Piero Sardo, Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity (Italy) – The Earth Markets network
H 12:00 – Presentation of the photographic exhibition on markets in Cyprus
H 12:30 – Buffet with typical Cypriot products