Rita Schwentesius from Germany / Mexico works as agricultural scientist and professor at the University in Chapingo/Mexico. After teaching for 8 years as professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin she committed herself to the development of organic agriculture
in Mexico. She (co-)authored 53 books and 170 articles and gave some 500 presentations at conferences. Rita Schwentesius received various awards for her outstanding academic work.
For more than 10 years, Rita Schwentesius coordinated the Mexican “Tanguis” network with more than 1,000 organic farmers. She is also Vice President of IFOAM Latin America
and manages together with her partner a large commercial, organic orange orchard.