Sabor Sur seeks to develop synergies and cooperation between stakeholders in the food and tourism sector with research centers and universities and to promote through the promotion of investment in the development of products and services in food, the transfer of technology, the stimulation of demand, networking and clustering, and open innovation.

Sabor Sur aims to support technological and applied research in pilot lines of new gastronomy and produce the early validation of new products, train the tourism sector for advanced manufacturing and take advantage of innovative technologies.


It is an initiative promoted by a consortium of 10 authorities in Spain and Portugal known as the SABOR SUR project, funded by the European Union.

Who are we?

3 local authorities from Andalusia (La Palma del Condado, Ayamonte and Lepe, in Huelva), 4 academic and food research centres (3 Portuguese universities – Evora, Algarve and Tras os Montes – and the ADESVA Technical Centre in Huelva), 2 training centres specialising in gastronomy and information technologies (GUADALINFO and Tertulia Algarvía) and the Algarve Federation of Business. 

About the European Network Ciudades Sabor Sur. Framework, objectives pursued

We understand from the Sabor Sur project that the cities and their immediate environment and vital supports for their inhabitants and that the diet of their inhabitants is deemed to be an ecosystem of elements and relationships between them. 

We understand from the Sabor Sur project that local governments are aware and are committed to working towards the sustainability of the city and the diet of its inhabitants.

The objective of the European Network of Sabor Sur Cities is to support local governments in their work to encourage sustainable food for the cities

To achieve this objective, the European Network of Sabor Sur Cities is aligned with two basic documents: the European Food Innovation Strategy, promoted by the European Food For Life platform,  (http://etp.fooddrinkeurope.eu) and the 2030 agenda adapted and promoted by the United Nations General Assembly, specifically related to food.

As indicated in the strategic documents from the European Food Technology Platform (“Implementation Action Plan 2018”  and “Transforming the EU Agri-Food Sector”), the objective is …

… to bring about a step-change to foster a thriving European Food Ecosystem that builds on cultural diversity with consumers and industry working in partnership. The Food System of Tomorrow will use nature’s resources in a responsible and sustainable manner, and be dynamic, flexible, fully transparent and accessible to all. .

To face these challenges, the European Food Technology Platform proposes work with the following foci:

The food sector must be clearly committed to what the consumer expects so that the supply of food is in line with the consumer’s capabilities (in terms of access, transport, supply, preparation and waste). This requires the use of information technologies for communicating with the citizen in a more individualised manner, exploring new complementary ways of producing and distributing foods with the participation of the consumer so said consumer can know if a product is sustainable and can adapt their diet according to their current needs

These three lines of action correspond to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes 17 objectives and 169 targets unveiling the challenges the international community must assume to meet the different expressions of a global world. 

The 2030 Agenda’s principles are proposals are inspired by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international treaties on human rights, the Millennium Declaration and other instruments such as the Declaration on the Right to Development. It reaffirms all the principles of the Rio Declaration on the Environment and Development and, depending on all of this, defines the essential principles: universality, comprehensiveness, interdependence, shared but differentiated responsibility, leaving no-one behind and Human Rights issues. It is an ambitious action programme covering, based on the principle of sustainability, the three development dimensions: economic, social and environmental.

The municipalities part of the European Network of Sabor Sur Cities are regarded as local spaces, cities, and their territories and their inhabitants would expressly be included as spaces recognised for the implementation of the objectives, as key stakeholders in the creation of more inclusive and sustainable environments. 

In fact, the local authorities and communities part of the European Network of Sabor Sur Cities would be present as key stakeholders for the renewal and planning of the cities and human settlements promoting community cohesion, the safety of people and the stimulation of innovation and employment and as collaborators with an essential role for the compliance with commitments (section 45), as allied stakeholders for progressing towards 2030 (section 52).

In this context, the European Network of Sabor Sur cities agrees to provide experiences, thinking and proposals for actions allowing its municipalities, citizens and local authorities to implement this 2030 Agenda and specifically in those areas in agreement with the three working foci of the Food Technology Platform related to the objectives of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda which are set out below:

Consumer empowerment

Sustainable development objectives:

  • Quality education
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure 
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible production and consumption
  • Climate action
  • Submarine life
  • Life of land ecosystems

Personalised diet

Sustainable development objectives:

  • Health and well-being
  •  Quality education
  •  Industry, innovation and infrastructure 
  •  Reduction of inequalities
  • Responsible production and consumption
  •  Climate action
  •    Submarine life
  •    Life of land ecosystems

Developing a more flexible, dynamic and sustainable food environment

Sustainable development objectives:

  • Zero hunger
  • Health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure 
  • Reduction of inequalities
  • Responsible production and consumption
  • Climate action
  • Submarine life
  • Life of land ecosystems
What is the objective of the European Network of Sabor Sur Cities?

To help local governments and authorities to improve local development in terms of food and ingredients such as the training of entrepreneurs, the promotion of culinary tourism and the sale of local products via e-commerce.

Which cities will join the Sabor Sur European Cities Network? How many?

The objective is to constitute a network of 50 cities represented by town halls from Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Morocco. This network may also include entities wishing to provide support to the European Network of Sabor Sur Cities.


  • Free access for local entrepreneurs to an online training platform offering a total of 30 courses relating to creation and innovation in gastronomic production
  • Sale of local products and services via a multi-language e-commerce system
  • Promotion of combination products. For example: wines selected from Italy, Portugal, France and Spain, cheese and meat tasting packs, recipe packs with vacuum-packed ingredients   
  • Commitment to buy local products from the municipalities part of the network for creative and innovative courses and demonstration events  
  • Free access to a database of good municipal and empowerment practices in terms of food-related sustainable and innovative local development
  • Participation in cofinancing initiatives with European and common interest funds in terms of innovation in food production, gastronomic tourism, wine tourism, training young entrepreneurs, etc

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