March highlights at Terra Madre

19 February 2021

We’re heading into March, the penultimate month of this six-month festival to celebrate our food, our planet, our future!

The events continue to come thick and fast. In March we’re covering a host of themes, from fishing and tourism to gardening and responsible meat consumption.

March 1 and 15: Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

On March 1 we present the third of four webinars dedicated to the FAO programme for Globally Important Agricultural Heritage for the sustainable development of rural areas, this time with a focus on Africa — the event is available in both English and French. Then on March 15 we round off the series with a look to Latin America and the potential for the programme there — on this occasion the webinar will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

March 6: Slow Food Travel, Towards New Destinations

Slow Food Travel is designed for curious, responsible travelers who want to really get to know the local gastronomic culture of the places they visit, without forgetting sustainability and the food biodiversity. We present the project through the story of those who are working to establish new destinations, in Azerbaijan and in Italy. A journey through unique gastronomic traditions made from dialog and experiences with the real custodians of these lands: the food producers. The session is available in English, Italian, Azeri and Russian.

March 6: Slow Food School Gardens: Guidelines for an International Project

Over the years Slow Food has started thousands of school gardens across the world, and we’re convinced they can be a key element in food and environmental education for children everywhere.

The oldest of these projects is the Edible Schoolyard Project, while there’s a nationwide Orti in condotta network in Italy, and an ongoing international campaign to create 10,000 Gardens in Africa. These projects have common objectives which make them a giant international Slow Food network, with distinctive elements compared to other aspects of our work. This forum is an international meeting among the coordinators of Slow Food school gardens to discuss their progress, what they have in common and where they differ in their struggle for good, healthy, and environmentally-friendly food education. The session is available in English, French, Italian, Azeri and Russian.

March 8-10: Youth Learning Lab: Good Practices and Innovation for Youth Access to Land

Join the International Land Coalition, Landesa and Slow Food Youth Network in a series of three webinars dedicated to youth and access to land.

Learn from the good practices and experiences of innovation from all over the world. Land access is shaping the employment and migration decisions of the rural youth. We are opening up a space to share innovative experiences aimed at inspiring and informing action. The sessions are available in English, French and Spanish.

March 18-28: Slow Fish Virtual Summit

The goal of virtual Slow Fish 2021 is the same as the goal of the in-person event: to engage, activate, excite, and grow the community, strengthening existing collaborations and forging new ones.

The best way to do that is by doing what fishermen and women do best: telling stories. The virtual format opens up some cool possibilities. We want to preserve some of the same programming from the planned in-person event, but tweaked for the zoom universe! The summit is available in English.

March 20: Slow Meat: Another Farming is Possible

There are farmers preserving local breeds, who care about the well-being of their animals. They take care of the lands they live and work on. And they know that behind high-quality food there is good agriculture and animal husbandry practiced with respect.

In the last 70 years, industrial animal farming has threatened their existence. A production model which pollutes aquifers, depletes the soil, makes animals suffer, reduces biodiversity, wastes large amounts of water, provides low-quality meat, and tears down forests has become dominant. The consequences have been devastating. This Terra Madre forum gives space to small-scale farmers from around the world. They’ll share their experiences, learn, share their vision, and show that a better, more respectful animal farming is possible. The session is available in English and Italian.