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About the project

Tasty local food products from Malopolska food producers are in ever greater demand. Pates made from Sweet White Runner beans, different varieties of pressed fruit juices, mountain cheeses, traditional cold cuts,  fruit and vegetable preserves, as well as fresh fruit & vegetables — are just few examples of what should be more readily available. But most of Malopolska’s 137,000 small farms are not producing for sale, but largely for themselves, as market access is problematic. Yet locally-produced food is exactly what consumers are now demanding – fresh, chemical-free and traceable to specific producers. This means there is huge untapped potential and opportunity for local production of quality food of known local origin. The key challenge is to connect geographically dispersed, small (mostly rural) producers with (mostly urban) consumers.
Our goal is to make local food more easily and widely available for purchase in the whole of the Malopolska region – as directly from the producer as possible. This is the objective of our Local Products from Malopolska distribution & sales system, which we are developed as a partnership of farmers, food producers, consumers and stakeholders. A dedicated certification scheme for products and producers identifies authentic Local Products from Malopolska.
Our teamA team at the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation has been working with farmers, businesses public agencies, sanitary inspectors, consumers and other stakeholders since 2011 to build Local Products from Malopolska as a collaborative venture, responding to local needs, circumstances and opportunities – revitalising local economies, supporting food entrepreneurs and protecting cultural, landscape and natural heritage. Distribution and sales are through a network of Buyers’ Clubs, Farmers’ Markets and Food Centre in Krakow’s Nowa Huta. Local Products from Malopolska was established thanks to financial support received under the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme in the years 2011-2016.zespół6