Terra Madre has always been a mosaic, where thousands of voices unite to draw up our roles and responsibilities for our food, our planet and our future.

In this edition we’re gathering a wider and deeper collection of opinions and testimonies, to build the most varied and inclusive reflection on the world of food ever seen.

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A mainstay of the program, we’ll have Conferences throughout the six months of the event. We start on October 8 dedicating space to one of the key themes of this edition: a new geography.

We’re proposing a radical paradigm shift, where political borders between states and regions are relegated to the background and ecosystems take center stage – plains, mountains, seas, rivers, lakes, cities. We assert that food doesn’t have political borders, nor barriers, but roots. It’s the result of journeys, exchanges, migrations, and sharing.


Our Forums are back, and as usual, the protagonists are members of the Slow Food network: Presidium and Community producers, cooks, activists and experts who discuss themes around agriculture, food, sustainability, biodiversity and productive models.

This year the Forums are organized around the four ecosystems: because similar ecosystems have similar frailties, and so may also share possible solutions to common problems. From October 8-12, we’ll discuss, among other things:

  • resource management systems in the highlands
  • water as a common good, as opposed to the privatization and control of water resources
  • traditional seeds as opposed to GMOs, one of the front-line battles in the lowlands
  • edible cities, where urban food gardens, farmers’ markets and the relationship between city and countryside are a potential antidote to food swamps and food deserts.


A new format for 2020. Ten minutes talks on specific issues by writers, economists, philosophers, anthropologists, ecologists, educators, as well as farmers, herders, fishers and cooks, all of whom offer their own vision of the environment, agriculture and food: a collective framework of the future we want and need.


Like a traditional opening ceremony, but redesigned for the digital era: think of the relay of October 10 as a miniseries, a journey in five parts that crosses continents and time zones, a global dialog on the big questions of our age:

  • Asia and Oceania start from the climate and environmental crisis, the main problem which we need to confront if we are to guarantee a sustainable future for human life, and indeed all life, on this planet. We reassert our response based in biodiversity, and the search for a healthier equilibrium between humanity and the rest of nature.
  • In Europe we confront the policies on the table as part of the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy to create a healthier, more sustainable food system, one which protects the health and well-being of people as well as reinforcing the competitiveness and resilience of the European Union.
  • In Africa and the Middle East the major themes to tackle are migration as a consequence of the degradation of natural resources, the scarcity of water and land rights, which are all too often denied or violated.
  • In North America the debate focuses on food education, equity, inclusion and justice and how oppression is deeply rooted in all American systems, including the food system. We reaffirm our commitment to make Slow Food an anti-racist organization which truly aims to guarantee good, clean and fair food for all.
  • In South America, finally, we confront the problems of the devastation of the Amazon rainforest and the battles of indigenous people who suffering discrimination, theft and genocide. All too often natural resources and the most vulnerable people are subject to the same iniquitous treatment, victims of an insatiable greed that deprives people of the very idea of a future.


New for 2020! We present How It’s Made: activities where you’ll discover new skills and techniques, expand your understanding and be able to reproduce the recipes presented by our guests in your own home.

We’re preparing ourselves for a delicious journey that will satisfy all your curiosities—even ones you didn’t know you had. We’ll take you to milk camels with the herders of Karrayu people and into the heart of an Asian metropolis to learn how to make baozi, the typical steamed bun filled with minced meat and vegetables or sweet bean paste and lotus flowers. We’ll sail aboard a Tunisian boat to fish for octopus with amphora and climb the mountain of Piedmont to learn the secrets of honey harvesting.


An educational kit to save biodiversity!

As part of Terra Madre, Slow Food has created a multilingual educational kit for children aged 7 to 13: The Ark of Taste Goes To School. Through a fantastic story, numerous teaching slides and a poster you can explore the big themes of Slow Food, including protecting biodiversity, gastronomic culture, and restoring value to food-related professions. The kit is completed by an animated video, There Are Heroes In Our Midst: Stories of How to Save Biodiversity.

Enjoy! We look forward to reading your nominations for products to board the Ark of Taste!

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You’ll receive a link where you can download the kit for free.

The kit is also available for families, but in exchange we ask you to make a small donation to support Slow Food projects for good, clean and fair food.

The form for families is available here.