The Terra Madre Global Relay is live on October 10!

A five-part journey across continents and time zones to discuss the most urgent issues of our time

An opening ceremony redesigned for the digital era: our Global Relay on October 10 is a miniseries in five episodes, a global dialog on the big questions of our age.

We start in Asia and Oceania with the climate and environmental crisis, the greatest problem we must confront if we are to guarantee a sustainable future for human life, and indeed all life, on this planet. How can we transform a model of development that generates environmental and social disasters, eroding our precious natural capital?
Watch the event live from 5:00 am (CEST time)


  • Sunita Narain (India), Indian environmentalist and activist, Director General of the Center for Science and Environment. In 2016 she was listed among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
  • Bruce Pascoe (Australia), Aboriginal writer and Professor of Indigenous Knowledge at the Sydney University of Technology.
  • Daekwon Hwang-Bau (South Korea), writer, farmer and environmental activist, representing the network of ecovillages in South Korea.

In Africa and the Middle East, we tackle the theme of migrations as a consequence of the degradation of natural resources, the scarcity of water and the denial and violation of land rights. What possible solutions exist for this continuous demographic hemorrhage?

Watch the event live from 9:30 am (CEST time)


  • Agness Kirabo (Uganda), Executive Director of the Food Rights Alliance.
  • Mary Abukutsa Onyango (Kenya), Professor of Horticulture at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi.
  • Saad Dagher (Palestine), agronomist and environmentalist specialized in agroecology.

In Europe we discuss the policies of the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy as ways to create a healthier, more sustainable food system: one which protects the health and well-being of people as well as reinforcing the competitiveness and resilience of the European Union.
Watch the event live from 11:30 am (CEST time)


  • Johan Rockström (Sweden), Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Stockholm. He was previously Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center and is one of the world’s leading experts on sustainability.
  • Virginijus Sinkevičius (Lithuania), European Commissioner for the Environment, the Oceans and Fishing since 2019, previously Minister for the Economy and Innovation in his country. He plays a fundamental role in the development of the European Green Deal and the implementation of the environmental and climatic objectives of the European Commission.
  • Valérie Masson-Delmotte (France), researcher and paleoclimatologist, who has worked on numerous national and international projects, among which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), of which she is co-chair. She’s also a member of the French Research Strategic Council, senior researcher at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and member of the French High Council for Climate Action (HCAC).

In South America we focus on the theme of land grabbing and resource grabbing, which represents one of the major threats for local populations, in particular indigenous peoples.
Watch the event live from 5:00 pm (CEST time)


  • Célia Xakriabá (Brazil), Indigenous activist and teacher, working to defend the land and resource rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Miguel Altieri (Chile), agronomist and entomologist, Professor of Agroecology at the University of California.
  • Virgilio Martinez (Peru), chef at the Central restaurant in Lima, and spokesperson for the defense and promotion of food biodiversity.

In North America the debate focuses on food education, equity, inclusion and justice and how oppression is deeply rooted in all American systems, including the food system. We reaffirm our commitment to make Slow Food an anti-racist organization which truly aims to guarantee good, clean and fair food for all.
Watch the event live from 7pm (CEST time)


  • Leah Penniman (USA), farmer, teacher, author and activist for food sovereignty. Long active in the struggle for racial justice, she’s the co-founder and co-director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a project run by people of color who work to dismantle racism in the food system.
  • Alice Waters (USA), cook and author, activist for food education and owner of the Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California. In 1996 she created the Edible Schoolyard project, which for over 20 years has contributed to spread the practices of urban gardening and the value of a healthier food culture among the younger generations. She’s also Vice President of Slow Food International.
  • Matthew Raiford (USA), “CheFarmer”, sixth-generation farmer, chef and owner of the restaurant The Farmer and The Larder. He’s also coordinator of the program of Culinary Arts at the College of Coastal Georgia.


For more information:

Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020 Press Office
Slow Food[email protected] – Paola Nano, Gioia Baggio (+39 329 8321285)
City of Turin[email protected] – Luisa Cicero (+39 011 01121932)
Piedmont Region[email protected] – Donatella Actis (+39 011 4322549)


Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is the most important event dedicated to good, clean and fair food and small-scale agriculture in the world. It is organized by Slow Food, the City of Turin and the Region of Piedmont in cooperation with MIPAAF (the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies) and MATTM (the Italian Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection). Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2020 is made possible thanks to the support of businesses that believe in the projects. Among them, we’d like to thank our Platinum Partners: Pastificio Di Martino, Unicredit, Lavazza, Acqua S.Bernardo, Quality Beer Academy; our Gold Partners: Agugiaro&Figna, Astoria, BBBell. With the support of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino, Associazione delle fondazioni di origine bancaria del Piemonte. With the contribution of IFAD and the EU. In collaboration with SANA and Turismo Torino e Provincia.

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