Over almost forty years Rose Spiess followed IUFoST’s action and activity with great sympathy and a critical mind as an observer from the outside. She was especially interested in activities to improve Food Safety and Security by IUFoST – but also of other international organizations set up to improve the living conditions in the developing world; she witnessed the development of very ambitious plans and strategies to make things better and to help people to get out of hunger and poverty, projections which did arrive at the very end only to a small extent at the targeted groups.
As a mother of three children and eight grandchildren Rose Spiess very much believed in the potential and innovativeness of young people to improve things. Against this Background Rose Spiess, wanted to encourage young people, female and male alike, at universities and in cooperatives, to use newly acquired knowledge together with the rich treasures of traditional methods to expand their food supply and to improve their living conditions.
The Rose-Spiess-Foundation was set-up to foster and recognize initiatives improving the situation of people in developing countries with simple means in small, effective steps – in particular with a focus on sustainable food production.