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TERRA MADRE DAY CELEBRATIONS.!!!!!

Terra Madre Day 2010

December 10 – a day dedicated to the Slow Food network of food communities, celebrated in 160 countries

 

Terra Madre Day is celebrated again on 10 December 2010, after its inauguration last year on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of Slow Food International.

It will be a day of celebration for everybody who is a part of the Terra Madre network and Slow Food – Slow Food members, Presidia producers, food commmunities, cooks, academics, young people and musicians; a collective event celebrating good, clean and fair food on a global scale, held little more than a month after the great biannual meeting of the delegates of these communities, which took place for the fourth time in Turin on October 21-25, 2010.

 This year, Terra Madre Day has a goal: to collect funds for the creation of 1,000 Gardens in Africa: in schools, villages and the metropolitan peripheries. The gardens of Terra Madre will be managed by the communities and cultivated with sustainable methods (composting, natural preparations against infestations and insects, sensible water management). They will grow local varieties and follow the principles of intercropping, making use of the mutually beneficial cohabitation of various fruit trees, vegetables and medicinal herbs. The idea for the ‘1,000 Gardens in Africa’ is nothing new, but rather a synthesis of numerous agricultural and didactic experiences gained in already existing projects (in Kenya, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Ethiopia, Senegal and Tanzania).

 The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity will be handling the management of the funds and the projects in Africa.

 To contribute to the project, please write to ortiafrica@terramadre.org

 The Terra Madre Day will also be an occasion to reaffirm and demonstrate the fundamental values of Slow Food, not least through the contemplation of the document ‘Sustainability and Food Policies’, the first draft of which was formulated in the past months by the University of Gastronomic Sciences in collaboration with the international experts and students of the Advanced School in Sustainability and Food Policies. This paper then underwent further discussions, elaborations and corrections by the food communities at the Terra Madre world meeting in October, and has been presented and commented on at the closing ceremony of the event. Terra Madre Day 2010 will be a further moment of reflection on and discussion of the document, to elaborate a definitive version, which will then be distributed to governments of all levels worldwide.

The first Terra Madre Day in 2009 saw more than 1,000 events happening in over 120 countries.

To see the already planned activities for Terra Madre Day 2010:

http://www.slowfood.com/terramadreday/pagine/eng/mappa.lasso

More about Slow Food at  http://www.slowfood.com

More about Terra Madre at www.terramadre.org

More about the ‘1,000 Gardens in Africa’ Campaign: http://www.slowfood.com/terramadreday/pagine/eng/pagina2.lasso?-id_pg=113

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NECOFA PARTICIPATES AT A FAMILY FARMING WORKSHOP IN MALAWI.

INTERNATIONAL FAMILY FARMING CUM FINANCE AGRICULTURE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

            Family Farming contributes the highest percentage of the countries production yet little emphasis is put on it.  In most of the developing countries, Agriculture is the backbone of the countries economy and provides employment (directly/indirect) to over 60%.

            Between 24th – 26th October World Rural Forum organized a workshop campaign to celebrate the International Year for the Future Family Farming.  The workshop drew participants from different organization who represented about 19 countries.  The workshop mainly focused on challenges facing the family farming (small scale farmers).  Participants from different countries shared on different challenges and efforts made to minimize the challenges through presentations.  Through the presentation, major challenges were realized to be similar though efforts to fight them did differ from one country to another e.g. in some countries like Malawi and Tanzania farmers are given subsidies on agriculture inputs hence support to the growth of the countries economy. 

            The major challenges identified during the workshop included;-

(i)             Challenges of financing agriculture – since most of the small scale farmer do not have collaterals to give as security, they are unable to acquire loan from the financing institution (bank)

For donors to support family farming they should be affiliated with large scale farmers or institution leading to oppression.

(ii)           Environmental challenge

Unpredictable weather hence crop failure

Farmers are not in position to install irrigation kits due to lack of finance

(iii)          Market liberalization (removal of agricultural subsidies) in most of the countries, citizens use products from outside while we still have the same in the country in plenty.

(iv)          Weak policies

Policies guards the producer/consumer e.g. labeling

In support of the family farming, participants came up with suggestion to tackle the challenges which were to be forwarded to the relevant authorities in different countries.  Some of the resolution suggested by the participants included;-

  • Need to involve stakeholders in policy making and came up with a monitoring mechanism on implementation of the same.
  • Need to shoot up the 10% agricultural commitment to 6% growth.
  • Need to engage government in the briefings
  • Need to strengthen farmer organizations and NGOs to advocate for small scale farmers.
  • Need to empower small scale farmers to become commercial farmers
  • Need to innovation from researcher to be brought down to small scale farmers
  • Need to sensitize and develop I.C.T among farmers to assist in marketing.

Following the many resolutions suggested by the participants, the meeting resolved that the organizers take the mandate to comprehend resolution and come up with a document which should be sent to all participants as well as the related authorities i.e. ambassadors, government institutions and private bodies and later organize for another briefing involving all these sectors.

            Towards the support of International Family Farming (IFF) participants resolved to work from regional perspective (within the country).  In this connection Pelum association in each country was mandated the responsibility to write a memo on behalf of other member organization and forward to relevant authorities.

Government recognition of the family farming will uplift the production  hence national food security.

STINGING NETTLE AND PUMPKIN PRODUCERS SHOWCASE THEIR PRODUCTS AT SALONE DEL GUSTO, ITALY.

 

 47 Kenyans were part of the delegates that celebrated the fourth Terra Madre and the eighth

Salone del Gusto, Slow Food’s biennial food festival that showcases quality, small-scale producers

from around the world, that attracted a record 200,000 visitors to  Turin  with around 30% coming

from outside of Italy.  

 

In addition to displaying the quality  food,  the international market had a strong educational focus,

with emphasis on raising awareness and stimulating debate about the future of food production.

A major focus was to present foods which are at risk of extinction, such as Mau Stinging nettle from

Kenya, Ethiopian mountain honeys, Brazilian Baru nut and Indonesian pepper, and this year

around one third of the stalls were allocated to 182 Italian and 106 international

Slow Food Presidia – projects to support small-scale, traditional food production –

who also participate in the Terra Madre meeting. 
To highlight the numerous and diverse regions coming together in these two events,

and the importance of territory in producing quality foods, the theme of this year’s

Salone was “Food+/=Places”. Thus, the exhibition was organized by grouping producers by

region rather than by food category, with each region or country presenting its own products,

projects and cuisine. 
The Salone del Gusto together with Terra Madre has been confirmed as one of the most important

events in the region of national and international significance. With its 200,000 visitors,

it contributes in an important way to the tourism and commercial activities of this region

and at the same time has the capacity and authority to inspire a profound reflection on food

and the global community it represents.