November Highlights at Terra Madre

29 October 2020

We’re moving into the second month of Terra Madre and the worldwide Slow Food festival to unite our food, our planet, our future steps into a higher gear, expanding its reach and diving deeper into specific themes.

So what are the unmissable highlights to look forward to in November?

November 4: Día de los Muertos in Mexico: Social and gastronomic traditions

The Slow Food community of Academia Puebla organizes a panel of experts in anthropology, history, and gastronomy to discuss the traditions of offerings on the Día de los Muertos in Mexico. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about this traditional celebrations and the different food traditions associated with it. A series of videos will present how different communities in six states in Mexico live and celebrate the Día de los Muertos in their area.

Free event. Streaming and videos will be available here. Event organized by Mónica Orduña Sosa and the Slow Food Community of Academia Puebla.

dia de muertes

November 17: Food and cultural heritage: An EU policy perspective

Over the last 60 years, thousands of varieties of cereals, fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, breads and cheeses have disappeared from our fields and plates. Participants will be invited to explore the online exhibition “What you didn’t know existed” featuring some of Slow Food’s Ark of Taste products.

A panel discussion will then explore the connections between food, agricultural, and cultural policies. The policy brief “Food is Culture” will be presented, exploring the need for EU actions to protect intangible food heritage, along with concrete recommendations on how to better integrate agricultural and cultural strategies.

November 21-22: We Feed the Planet – Philippines

The Slow Food Youth Network Philippines will conduct its first ever We Feed the Planet event in the Philippines on November 21-22, broadcasting live to the world via Streamyard. This online conference will be livestreamed in English via the Facebook page of the Slow Food Youth Network Philippines. We Feed the Planet Philippines is a union of young farmers, youth food advocates, chefs, gastronomes and individuals who are promoting sustainable lifestyles through good, fair and clean food on a local level, encouaging everyone to reinforce the principles of Slow Food in the midst of this global pandemic.

November 21: Forest Peoples’ Food Systems and the Threat of Land Grabbing

A forum to raise public awareness of the consequences that the “conservationist” approach to forests has for the people that live there, and to show how indigenous peoples have lived in harmony with nature, protecting it effectively. 

There are lots of examples to focus on: the Ogiek and Senwger peoples of Kenya; the Benet people in Uganda; the Melayu and Dayak peoples of Indonesia; the Juruna of Brazil; the Chinantla, Totonacos and Nahua peoples of Mexico. Representatives of these indigenous peoples dialog with experts from around the world who work in the field.

November 22: Rivers Connect The World – Amazon: The Lungs of the Earth

The Amazon River is home to the world’s largest rainforest, encompassing an area larger than Europe, that functions as one of the Lungs of the Earth. Additionally, the Amazon basin is responsible for approximately 20% of all freshwater that flows into the world’s oceans as well as being the home to 10% of all living species on earth.  However, this region of incredible abundance and biodiversity is being heavily deforested, largely to create massive mono-crop industrial farms.  This forum will explore the magic of the Amazon, and the resilience of its many peoples, communities and cultures.

November 24: The Common Agricultural Policy: Keeping Ambition High in Europe

As European Union countries are designing their National Strategic Plans for the Common Agricultural Policy, now is the time to push for agroecology.  The EU Commission and Member States are discussing their national strategic plans on the Common Agricultural Policy: will these plans meet the environmental and social ambitions of the EU Green Deal? For Slow Food, agroecology will be key to making the deeply needed transition to sustainable food systems in Europe. An exchange between representatives of the European Commission, the Ministries of Agriculture of Germany and Italy, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), and Slow Food farmers.

November 27: Rice – A Food That Grows in Water

Rice is the staple food for half of the world’s population. It is grown in nearly every country, and is the most popular grain on the planet. The production of rice is also a critical aspect for the health of the planet, given the massive use of pesticides employed to grow it. What impacts does intensive rice farming have? Can we grow rice sustainably? What good practices can make rice farming more sustainable?


From November 17 to 22 there’s Terra Madre Brasil with a wide range of activities too numerous to list here — but all unmissable for speakers of Portuguese!