Paths of Excellence

Paths of Excellence


An itinerary of knowledge and flavors

The promotion of local food heritage lies at the heart of the project “Los caminos de la excelencia,” run by Slow Food and RIMISP, the Latin American Center for Rural Development, and supported by the Ford Foundation. The project’s main objective is to create forms of sustainable local development.

The protection and promotion of local food products, as well as playing a key role in reinforcing food security and sovereignty, also has a strong social and cultural impact. A food product can help strengthen the culture it represents, restoring pride and dignity to the people who grow or process it and preserving traditional practices and ancestral knowledge.

The creation of spaces for visibility, exchange and reciprocal learning is therefore essential to developing successful experiences and stimulating the dynamism of food heritage promotion processes in other places. These spaces can educate people and raise society’s awareness about the issues around quality food products and food security.

On the road from October 2012

With these objectives in mind, Slow Food and RIMISP, working through the project DTR-IC (Cultural Identity-Based Rural Territorial Development Approach), have created Expo Móvil. A traveling exhibition, it presents a visual journey through several countries, using images, words, sounds, videos, interactive areas and foods to involve visitors. Its aim is to inform about places, traditional food products and local actors, while also giving visitors a chance to reflect on some of the key problems relating to the global food system. At the same time, the hope is that Expo Móvil will inspire the work of local actors in the places featured, by focusing on their experiences and showing how solutions have been found for similar problems in other contexts.

The 2012 edition of the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre will be the exhibition’s first stop. Participating in the exhibition are 10 regions, most of them in South America, where biocultural diversity is being promoted and preserved.

The journey starts along the Ruta Moche, in northern Peru, known for its Moche archeological sites and now one of the country’s gastronomic routes with the most potential for development, then continues to the Colca Valley, Peru’s third most-visited destination, where community-based tourism is starting to develop. Next  comes the Chiloé archipelago, in southern Chile; the Colombian departments of Nariño and Boyacá; the Santa Caterina coast, the center of Rio de Janeiro and Cananéia in Brazil; the Bolivian city of Tarija, and so on… Through knowledge, flavors, colors and sounds, visitors will have a chance to get to know the gastronomic culture of these places.

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