In Switzerland, tree planting incentives for sustainable landscape management are highly promoted by the government. Nevertheless, there is a gap in the development of high-value supply chains of local tree products.
Slow Food’s mission is to preserve local endangered foods and defend gastronomic tradition via biodiversity projects such as the “Presidi” projects. In 2016, PUR Projet started working with Slow Food Switzerland to support small-scale farmers to produce and sell local quality products such as kirsch from cherry trees in the region of Aarau or nut oil from nut trees in the Vaud area.
In Switzerland, the planting of trees is highly subsidized by the government, a multitude of laws and regulations are applied to rural areas. The local government has already been stimulating what we call a “reasonable” agriculture, that means reducing considerably chemicals inputs in agricultural systems. Despite of all the incentives given by the state and other regional organisms, there is a gap to be fulfilled: willing to stay independent organic small-scale producers still find themselves struggling to get a positive financial balance.
The projects aims at strengthening local farming and sourcing by planting fruit trees in and around farms and supporting the farming improvement of productive cultures (apple, nuts, hazelnuts and pears) and the local distribution of walnuts, hazelnut oil, cider and other non-timber products. It includes also trainings for farmers on agroforestry techniques and benefits.
LocationVaud and Fribourg cantons, Switzerland
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerSlow Food Switzerland
supply chainFruits and Vegetables
Slow Food Switzerland is a non-profit association founded more than 20 years ago and belongs to the Slow Food International network present in 160 countries with 100 000 members. Slow Food Switzerland contributes to listing local endangered foods and defending gastronomic tradition via biodiversity projects such as the “Ark of Taste” (list of products) and “Presidi” projects. The activities of the NGO range from promoting, researching and supporting local supply-chains and gastronomic valorization of local products. The NGO also promotes network-building activities with local farmers.