The small-scale farmers, herders, fishers, artisans and cooks of the Terra Madre network take care of the earth, the sea and our natural resources, and represent a sustainable model of agriculture. Nourishing the planet in harmony with nature and maintaining the fertility of the soil, they are the guardians of biodiversity and community well-being.

Since 2004, Slow Food has promoted Terra Madre, a network of food communities rich in inspiration and solutions, spread across 170 countries of the globe. These food communities demonstrate that an alternative to intensive agriculture is possible, a model which is kind, delicate, respectful of the earth, the heritage of thousands of years of traditional knowledge.

This year, you’ll be able to meet the delegates of the Terra Madre food communities in the Oval pavillion and attend the Forums and Food Workshops where they’ll take a leading role, at Lingotto Fiere and Oval.

Food Communities: three stories

Isabel Angelica Inayao Sepulveda is a young Chilean. She dedicates herself to small-scale sustainable agriculture in the rural areas surrounding the small city of Paillaco, in the south of Chile. Together with 18 other women, she works in Agrupación por la biodiversidad de Paillaco (Group for the Biodiversity of Paillaco). They are mujeres rurales (rural women), part of the local Slow Food network, who support chemical-free agriculture, are dedicated to the research of local varieties, and promoting a healthy diet fighting the advanced diseases that occur due to an excessive consumption of processed foods. These women use agroecology to produce vegetables, they are also harvest herbs and wild fruits to sell weekly at the local market. Their specialty are jams made of murta, small red berries from a shrub originally from the south of Chile.
A young indigenous woman working in the small-scale artisanal fishing, where the workers, whether they are fishermen or other operators, are for the most part men, and where the role of women is not recognized. She is called Akeisha Clarke and she will participate for this first time at Terra Madre Salone del Gusto, representing the fishing community of Petit Martinique, not far from the mother island, Grenada. This community has recently joined the Slow Food Caribe project, which promotes sustainable management of natural resources, essential for combating poverty, and ensuring food security.
Helen Nguya, in her over 35 years of experience developing projects for Tanzanian communities involving sustainable food and agriculture, has always worked on the principle that communities must embody the change they want. She was the founder of the local organization Trmega (Training, Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation on Gender and Aids), a point of reference that supports vulnerable individuals such as widows, children,  poor women, and those suffering from HIV and AIDS to work together. In 2004, she connected with Slow Food and today is one of the most enthusiastic promoters of the Orti in Africa project, which contributes to the creation of the Arusha Honeybee Honey Presidium, and other Slow Food projects in Tanzania.