Worldwide more than 500 million small-scale, family-run farms produce the food that we eat. In developing countries, family farming supplies 80% of the food supply. Meanwhile, large-scale production focuses solely on market needs, rather than on protecting our daily food, particularly that of poorer populations. It is time we acknowledged these key differences.

This conference is organized as part of the project "Oltre Rio + 20-" of Oxfam, Slow Food, CeSPI, Arcs; with the contribution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the European Union.

Chaired by: Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank

Introduction by Elisa Bacciotti, Advocacy and Campaign Director, Oxfam Italia


Carlo Petrini, president of Slow Food

Don Bruno Bignami, instructor of Moral Theology and president of the Foundation Don Primo Mazzolari

Benjamin Bellegy, Fondation de France and E4F: European Foundation for family farming initiative

Adolfo Brizzi, Director of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division, IFAD

Soledad Barruti, author of MALCOMIDOS: Cómo la industria alimentaria argentina nos está matando, Argentina

Roberto Ridolfi, director of Directorate General for Development and Cooperation EuropeAid, European Commission

Anshuman Das, Welthungerhilfe (World Hunger Aid), India

Humberto Oliveira, Director of Institutional Relations, Slow Food Brasile