Rewriting the future of food and farming #5

To be able to propose structural changes for our current food system, we need knowledge, practicalities and vision. During Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed the Planet, we will use the participants’ knowledge to write the so-called Mansholt Letter to world leaders calling for radical change in the food system. We asked Vendana Shiva, who is an environmental activist and the founder of Navdanya in India, Ibrahimi Cal, a farmer in Mali and is the president coordination of Nationale des Organisations Paysanne in Maili. and Deborah James, director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in the USA, about their visions of the future of food and farming, as well as to whom they would like to send a letter.

Vendana Shiva has been working for 40 years in the agriculture sector, because she has been scandalized by what the Green Revolution did to her country. She is an environmental activist and the founder of Navdanya, a in India.

Vendana Shiva: “The green revolution farmers don’t produce more food, they produce commodities. They actually lose food. (..) Agriculture supposed to be a culture of the land to protect the soil. And food has supposed to be nourished to give us health and now it is doing the opposite. ”



Listen to her vision on the sustainable farming and change we have to start to sustain our planet.

Ibrahima Coulibaly, is a farmer in Mali and is the president coordination of Nationale des Organisations Paysanne in Maili. If we have to look to the food issues on a global level, he says that rich countries must accept that each community and country has the right to produce its own foods. Listen to his vision on food on a global, regional and local level.

Ibarahima Coulibaly: “It is necessary that regional communities can create regioanl policiies to have their own freedom to build their own policy to support the local farmers and local workers.”



Deborah James is the director of International Programs at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in the USA. She coordinates a global network of NGOs, trade unions and farmers that is called ‘Our world is not for sale’ that works to transform the multilateral trading system.

Deborah James: “It’s up to us, as citizens wherever we live, to pressure our governments to hold them accountable to the position that farmers should be able to supported in poor countries.”



During the event a team of reporters will walk around to ask you about your visions of the future of food and farming, as well as to whom you would like to send a letter. Don’t hesitate to appproach them and contribute to the future of food and farming.

The Mansholt Letter is a project of Het Nieuwe Instituut in collaboration with Slow Food.