Manoella Buffara

Brazilian chef Manoella (Manu) Buffara is nominated for her work in Ilha Rasa, Curitiva, where she is fighting to preserve the region’s traditional ingredients, farming methods and biodiversity. Working closely with some twenty local food producers, she has created an agro-ecological network that contributes to the local economy by promoting sustainable use of little-known indigenous crop varieties (producers can consume what they grow, improving their diet). The initiative also provides educational support on issues such as nutrition, environmental preservation and diversity, as well as traditional forms of cultivation, handling, transportation and storage of food.