Program #2 Five Different Roads through Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed the Planet

With over 50 discussions, workshops, regional meetings, keynotes and master classes happening at Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed the Planet, it might be difficult to decide what program to follow.

Luckily for you, we’ve included thematic clusters to the program. Thematic clusters, or multiple workshops connected by the same theme, will enable interested participants to simplify the Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed the Planet experience by immersing themselves in one subject area during the conference.

HERITAGE - All programs within the theme Heritage encourage participants to reflect on our current relationship with food by considering the system of production we have inherited from our ancestors. The core question to this theme is, “What should be preserved from the past to enrich the future?”

Some of the workshops that address this question will include: 1. Food and Religion (a workshop with representation from 4 major world religions as well as with nearly 100 representatives from indigenous cultures around the world); 2. Indigenous Seeds, Ingredients and Principles; and 3. Farmers in the Spotlight with Patrick Holden to talk about How marginal food production feeds the world.

THE COMMONS - The tragedy of the commons is a central narrative to our time period. All discussions and workshops in this theme will question this paradigm and look for ways to channel strategy from the tragedy.

On Sunday we’ll start exploring options for A New Strategy for the Commons, after which we’ll discuss Access to Land and Landgrabbing, Ocean Grabbing and Fisheries and Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life. On Monday, Carlo Petrini will speak about the idea of Wasting Food in a Hungry World and, finally, we’ll discover how a concept like 10.000 Gardens in Africa can be a tool to manage the commons in a sustainable way.

INNOVATION – How can we combine timeless values with new ideas? In the programs under the cluster innovation, farmers, chefs and food producers will discuss how they think innovation should play a role in the future of our food.

On Sunday we’ll host a conference on Meat and Animal Welfare, followed by a big discussion onEdible Insectsin the afternoon. The next day you will find a lot of the best practices in the workshops Youth Entrepreneurship and New Tools for Agriculture. A lucky few will then be able to participate in the innovation marathon Hacking the Future of Food, where they’ll be working out new ideas for the future of food.

POWER - Who has the power in our current food system, and where do we think it should be? All programs under this theme will address this question.

Join us on Sunday morning for a workshop on the importance and perception ofWomen in Agriculture. We’ll also host multiple discussions about the relationships of Food with Global Trade, with Policies and with Finance. In a big conference we’ll talk about Migrants and the Food System, one of the most relevant and urgent food related issues of the past few months.

If you’re a farmer, on Monday you will get a chance to learn more about how to Empower Yourself Through Agricultural Cooperatives.

MESSAGE - The Message theme is all about communication. In these discussions and workshops you’ll get the chance to think about - and work on - the practical skills necessary to spread your message, promote your product and find better access to new markets.

On Sunday we will evaluate what good and bad this World Expo has brought us in Expo2015 – A Balance. Otherwise, look for this theme especially on Monday with workshops on The Business of Good Food, on Campaigning and Fundraising. Are you more in the talking mood? Go for a discussion aboutFood Design or Food and Education. Last but not least; the Academy Pressure Cooker might help you set up your own Slow Food Youth Network Academy when you get back home.

Remember, these themes are a roadmap to guide you through Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed the Planet, but you are also free to design your own experience. If you want to start interviewing fellow participants, organize discussions or pitch your ideas about food in the main lounge area, go for it!

Many of these discussions, conferences and workshops have been organized with the help of our great program partners such as Oxfam, FAO and Nordic Food Lab. To find more information about them and the program find our full program description per day here.