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-" with the contribution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Chaired by: Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank


Carlo Petrini, president of Slow Food

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

Benjamin Bellegy, Fondation de France and EFC European Foundation for Family Farming initiative, Belgium

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

Confirmed to date