Dena Hoff, a farmer and rancher from Montana, United States is a member of the Northern Plains Resource Council, the National Family Farm Coalition and the Via Campesina. Dena addressed President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali at the World Forum on Food Sovereignty:
"Welcome, Mr. President.
Nyeleni inspires us because she saw what needed to be done, and she did it.
We are all people of conscience, and we are people of action.
We know that our governments are not responsive to the needs of their people. They choose to ally themselves with those who would take the bread from our mouths,take our land, our liberty and our lives.
Like Nyeleni, as people of action, we see what needs to be done, and we will do it.