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2008 Earth Workshops and Program
Terra Madre
October 23th 2008


October 24th 2008
Regional Meetings

10:00 Africa (Room D) Report [ENG] - Report [ITA]
10:00 Australia (Room C)
10:00 Baltic Countries (Room 1)
10:00 Canada (Room B)
10:00 Italy (Room A) Report [ITA]
10:00 Brazil (Room F)
10:00 Norway (Room 2)
10:00 Russian-speaking Eastern Europe (Room E)
10:00 Spain (Room G)
12:00 Greece and Cyprus (Room 2)
12:00 Nordic Countries (Room 1)
13:00 Germany and Switzerland (Room B)
13:00 Holland (Room F)
13:00 India (Room G) Report [ITA]
13:00 Ireland (Room E)
13:00 Latin America (Room A)
13:00 Sweden (Room C)
14:00 Japan (Room 1)
14:00 North American Natives (Room 2)
15:00 Asia and Oceania (Room E)
15:00 Mexico, Central America and Caribbean(Room D)
15:00 English-speaking Eastern and Central Europe (Room B)
15:00 France (Room G)
15:00 South America (Room C)
15:00 United Kingdom (Room F)
15:00 USA (Room A) Report [ENG]
16:00 Austria (Room 1)
16:00 Economuseums (Room 2)

October 25th 2008 - EARTH WORKSHOPS

10am STRATEGIES - Food in the engine? (Room A)
The production of biofuels and the consequences for food security.
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Report [ITA]

10am PRODUCTS – Potatoes and other tubers (Room B)
In the International Year of the Potato, Terra Madre wishes to consider the role of the potato in world agriculture, the economy and global food security. It is interested in promoting research and development into agricultural systems based on the sustainable production of potatoes and other tubers as resources in the struggle against hunger in the world.

Report [ITA]

10am NETWORK OF UNIVERSITIES – The projects (Room C)
Two years after its launch, the Network of Terra Madre Universities reviews its growth, what projects have resulted, and its vision for the future.

10am PRODUCTS and PRODUCERS - The network of quality coffee (Room D)
In one of the most globalized markets of the world, the experience of the Huehuetenango Presidium (in Guatemala) is becoming a model of high quality production, sustainability and direct access to the market. With the support of Italian Cooperation (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), this project is giving rise to a network of small Central American producers. Slow Food is keen to extend this experience to other communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Read the online discussion
Report [ITA]

10am EDUCATION – Healthy canteens (Room E)
The canteen as a place for meeting and cooperation between Terra Madre networks and others involved in collective catering.

Report [ITA]

10am MARKETS–Participative development models (Room F)
The shared responsibility of institutions, producers and consumers for quality products. In collaboration with CEFA, FAIRTRADE, EU.
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Report [ITA]

10am DEVELOPMENT – Producing quality with dignity (Room G)
Comparisons, experiences and presentation of participative approaches to improving security, health and working conditions in small scale agriculture. In collaboration with the International Labour Organization – ILO, UNICRI, Obiettivo Lavoro.
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1 pm - The Future of the Climate and Food (Room C)
Following the Manifesto on the Future of Food and Manifesto on the Future of Seeds, the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, created by the Tuscany Regional Authority by Vandana Shiva, now presents the Manifesto of Climate Change and the Future of Food Security. This essential document sums up the main problems and offers potential solutions to turn the tides.
Download the Manifesto
Report [ITA]

1 pm RESOURCES- Saving Amazonia by using the foods of the forest (Room E)
In Amazonia the forest is being destroyed to make way for intensive agriculture and livestock breeding—invariably driven by global economies and markets, hardly ever for the benefit of local communities. The alternative is to make use of the forest’s immense wealth of food resources, though it is necessary to do so sustainably. In collaboration with WWF Italia.

Articolo [ITA]
Report [ITA]

1pm PRODUCTS – Honey depends on bees (Room G)
Alarm about bees: too many chemicals in agriculture are leading to a disaster in the hives. This will soon have effects on agriculture if behavior does not change and regulatory action is not quickly introduced. It is time to create an alliance between farmers and beekeepers if we do not want to sever the natural link between bees and crops.
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Report [ITA]

3pm NETWORK OF COOKS – Sustainability in the restaurant, sustainability of restaurants (Room A)
The critical points, the false myths, the real problems. How to create a virtuous process for serving low impact food.

Report [ITA]

3pm MARKETS – Fewer intermediaries, more trust (Room B)
Farmers’ markets and other forms of direct sale. In collaboration with CEFA, FAIRTRADE, EU.

Report [ITA]

3pm NETWORK OF UNIVERSITIES – The big themes of Terra Madre and education (Room C)
What and how much gastronomic sciences teaching is there in universities about sustainability, small-scale production, quality, social justice.

Report [ITA]

3pm MARKETS – Indications of origin (Room D)
Geographic Indications (GIs) such as Darjeeling Tea, Pampas meat, Basmati rice, and Parmigiano cheese embody unique expressions of culture, tradition, and place. Yet, some GIs succeed spectacularly while others fail miserably. Explore what does and what does not work. In collaboration with Rimisp - Latin American Center for Rural Development.
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Presentation [ENG]
Presentación [ESP]
Report [ITA]
Synthesis [ENG]
Sintesis [ESP]

3pm PRODUCTS - Fruit and vegetables in a global market (Room E)
How to support cultivation of local fruit and vegetable varieties, increasingly excluded from a global market which does not recognize borders or seasons. How to increase the proportion of profits paid to farmers. How to create sustainable supply chains, how and when to focus on quality transformed products to raise producer income.
Read the online discussion
Report [ENG]

3pm STRATEGIES – When the product speaks (Room F)
Promotion and communication through sustainable packaging.
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Report [ITA]

3pm PRODUCTS – Meat: native breeds and good practices (Room G)
Recovered native breeds, together with traditional farming methods, are an important resource for defending biodiversity and the genetic heritage of breeds at risk of extinction. They are also a valuable opportunity for many communities which can save themselves from poverty and migration.

Report [ITA]

October 26th 2008 - EARTH WORKSHOPS

10am NETWORK OF COOKS – The roots of a menu (Room A)
The role of restaurants in promoting local products and ensuring “good, clean and fair” producers.
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Report [ENG]

10am EDUCATION – Learning communities (Room B)
Educational experiences in creating an agroecological culture. Comparison and presentation of international educational projects.

Report [ITA]

10am RESOURCES – Water and agriculture (Room C)
Agrifood production is often accused of being one of the main causes of water wastage. But there are also important examples which show how small-scale agriculture can make rational use of this precious resource.

Report [ITA]

10am PRODUCTS – Cereals: local identities and global raw materials (Room D)
In Senegal, the rice used to make the national dish Ceebu Jën almost exclusively comes from Indochina; in Italy, pasta is made using durum wheat from Canada and Australia, and increasingly there are similar examples from around the world.

10am PRODUCTS – Cheese: tradition and regulations (Room E)
Raw milk, animal wellbeing and natural feed, traditional methods and proper aging: are these the key elements for producing high quality cheese? How can we reconcile these practices with hygiene and safety regulations and the implications of an increasingly globalized market driven by large retail chains?
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Report [ITA]

10am MARKETS – How much can I sell it for? (Room F)
How do you set a fair price for a product? The steps in establishing the right price. In collaboration with UNICRI.
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Report [ITA]

10am RESOURCES – Tradition, sustainability and technology (Room G)
Agriculture must increasingly turn to using renewable energies and reducing the use of non-renewable resources. This can be done by careful choice of crops and seeds and by practicing agroecology, but also through a new alliance with research and technology, to find solutions that respect the environment and are not a financial burden for producers.

Report [ITA]

1pm PRODUCTS - Honey: all the steps for quality (Room E)
How to produce high quality honey. The special skills involved in breeding bees, collecting honeycombs, extracting honey, packing and preserving. The role of the producer remains important even if the product is not \"produced\" by humans. During the meeting there will be a presentation of the cartoon-style guide produced by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity “The gift of bees”.
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Report [ITA]

1pm NETWORKS – The promotion of natural fibers (Room F)
The consumption of man made fibers produced by chemical processes is constantly growing, at the expense of natural fibers.
How can we build a new network able to protect and promote natural fibers as well as educating consumers, in a similar way to the network created by Slow Food and Terra Madre for “good, clean and fair” food?

Report [ITA]

3pm NEW NETWORKS – Youth, food, agriculture (Room A)
Presentation of the Terra Madre youth network.

Report [ITA]

3pm RIGHTS – Sharing in order to protect (Room B)
How to protect traditional knowledge and defend intellectual property. The role of indigenous peoples and women. In collaboration with the Christensen Fund, UNICRI.
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3pm MARKETS - Consumers seeking producers (Room C)
How to ensure quality, health and savings by creating purchasing clubs.

Report [ITA]

3pm AGROECOLOGY – Stopping the cement (Room D)
Alternatives for protecting agricultural land. Land ownership and intended use. In collaboration with CEFA, FAIRTRADE, EU, UNICRI.

Report [ITA]

3pm DEVELOPMENT – Last call (Room E)
What effect does unaware tourism have on injustice and pollution? How can responsible forms of tourism become a factor in integrated development? In collaboration with AITR, UNICRI.

3pm RESOURCES – Custodian herders (Room F)
Pastoral farming as an environmental resource, an instrument for territorial management and a guarantee of product quality.

Report [ITA]

3pm PRODUCTS – Fish: transform and preserve (Room G)
Small fishing communities are even more vulnerable than agricultural communities. In situations where fish resources are already heavily exploited or compromised, alternative strategies are needed. Transforming and preserving products is a way of adding value to a product which is not easy to manage in terms of income and can create new opportunities and skills in local areas.

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