Terra Madre (October 2010)

The Terra Madre is the Food Communities Network organized by Slow Food. From 21-24 October 2010 in Turin, Italy this world  meeting brings together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity. Thousands of small farmers, producers, cooks, educators, youth and activists from 150 countries joined together to collaboratively work together on improving our food system.

Learn more about the Indigenous Partnership’s participation here Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty: the Role of Indigenous Peoples and below.

    Slow Food has entered into a partnership to strengthen the voice of indigenous groups at a political level and promote their unique wisdom. With the support of The Christensen Fund, the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty, is bringing together environmental, biodiversity and indigenous organizations and working with leaders and communities to determine the best way to serve them, respecting their styles of life, their traditional foods and crops, and sharing their fundamental knowledge with other actors in the food system. In collaboration with the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR) and Crops for the Future (CFF).

Read the Slow Food Report 1 [minutes] and  Report2.

Speakers and Presentations

  • Nicholas Faraclas, Moderator
  1. Introduction on the local food and agrobiodiversity (status of Melanesia)
  2. Background introduction to give an idea of what will be discussed
  3. Summary of success stories of indigenous people in Melanesia to maintain its high diversity.

Indigenous Communities shared their stories

  • Blessing of meeting, Malebo Maze, an indigenous Elder from the Gamo Highlands of South West Ethiopia
  1. Malebo spoke on how important insett, a local crop, to the people of Gamo and how it has helped the communities of the Gamo Highlands to flourish.
  • Numalin from Vanuatu told her the story of her pride and explained how she from the previous Terra Madre impacted her work allowing her to go from community-to-community organizing and working.
  • Armelle de Saint Sauveur from Moringanews
  • From the Pamirs
  • Paul Bordoni, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research/Crops for the Future spoke about underutilized species, Cultural value of Neglected Underutilized Species, Role of Indigenous peoples plus the role of gender.
  • Jean Teo from Sarawak, Malaysia spoke about Agrobiodiversity and climate change Iban and Bidayuh as growers and connoisseurs of traditional rice varieties – providing also important Genetic Reasources that help in dealing with uncertainty (climate change). Many rice varieties (like the black rice) happen to be underutilized as well! And it might be good they remain underutilized! Find out more by reading this document: Climate change and indigenous communities: strengthening adaptability, resilience, and innovation.
  • Sami indigenous people also made a plea for an Indigenous Terra Madre to be held in 2011.
  • Shayna Bailey, Slow Food International, spoke about spread heading indigenous issues within Slow Food
  • Closing Blessing, Clayton and Margaret Brascoupe, New Mexico, USA

Following the Earth workshop Local Traditional Indigenous Nibbles were served to our guests. Here’s the menu.

  • Main course    Mboum (Senegalese dish made of moringa and cous-cous)
  • Main course    5 different rice varieties (Sarawak)
  • Dessert             Thiacry (Ethiopia),  a kind of big couscous grain with yogurt
  • Dessert             Baobab fruit sweets (Burkina Faso)
  • Drink                Bissap (hibiscus flowers)

Along with the food to raise awareness about these foodstuffs these brochures and a cookbook were shared to take home:

  • Fresh Leaves of Moringa Stenopetala as Basic Ingredient in the Preparation of the Konso Main Dish (Kurkufaa)
  • Moringa Plant Values: What is Moringa Stenopetala to Konso People?