“The Paths of Excellence: A Journey through Territories by Discovering Products and their Protagonists” is a Slow Food project run in partnership with the Rural Territorial Development with Cultural Identity Regional Program (DTR-IC in Spanish) of Rimisp (the Latin American Center for Rural Development), with the support of the FORD Foundation. The project aims to encourage innovative initiatives that promote bio-cultural diversity – in particular, local food heritage. The selected initiatives contribute to improve food security and sovereignty and better market access for entrepreneurial activities that focus on quality goods and services that have a strong local identity. They represent examples of sustainable and socially inclusive development in rural and urban areas of Latin America, North Africa and Europe. The exchange of innovative ideas, good practices and local knowledge is at the heart of the project.