27 August 2019, Pietraporzio, Italy - Afaf, figs producer in the Syrian Region of Hama is portrayed in the village of Sambuco. Slow Food and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are organizing a study tour this week in northwest Italy for a group of Syrian small-scale women farmers. The two organizations have teamed up to enhance the skills of small-scale women food producers from Syria - all with the
aim of supporting crisis-affected communities to regain or boost their livelihoods,
and reviving the country's agriculture sector.Ten Syrian women will learn from
farming communities in Piedmont and Liguria regions that produce and promote
local, organic and artisan foods marked by high quality and respect for traditions.
They are expected to gain knowledge on all aspects of production, marketing and
value chains of a range of products - including dairy, honey, oil, cereals, breads
and vegetables - and to pass on this knowledge to other women farmers in their
communities upon their return. They will also be included in the global Slow Food
network of local farmers so that they can continue learning and sharing
knowledge and experiences.