Our mission is to improve ways of linking indigenous peoples and local communities interested in pursuing self-determined development and to facilitate such communities in taking a leadership role in agrobiodiversity dialogues.
The Indigenous Partnership works to promote a dialogue between indigenous peoples and agricultural research and advocacy groups, act as an instrument for communication between diverse indigenous groups, and eventually develops a mechanism to promote this local knowledge so it can have a place on the agenda of international research and advocacy bodies.
NESFAS youth part of The Indigenous Partnership (TIP)-International Youth Fellowship Program 2017 in Rome, Italy.
This week saw the initiation of the TIP- International Youth Fellowship Program 2017 in Rome, Italy. Supported by The Christensen Fund (TCF), the fellowship aims to create a platform for exchange among young minds from indigenous communities and sync then to world views and actions while maintaining theirfor identities. The Fellowship program is designed for four months and will be hosted with TIP partner Bioversity International in Rome, Italy, an international agricultural research institution with a focus on scientific evidence. The program is aimed at preparing the fellows through training, professional development, networking, management practices and policy options to use and safeguard agrobiodiversity issues, and also to develop exposure through different Rome-based UN Agencies. The Fellows selected this program include Pius Ranee and Alethea Kordor Lyngdoh from Meghalaya. They are joined by Nutdanai Trakansuphakon from Thailand and Roba Bulga Jilo from Ethiopia. From the 27th August 2017 to 1st September 2017, the group will also be trained by the Advanced Creative Training of VIPP (Visualisation in Participatory Programs) Facilitators in the Training Centre of Monastery St. Ulrich, SW Germany. This Training of Facilitators is a specialised workshop for experienced facilitators and trainers, who want to engage in global or local institutional work.
The fellowship addresses two core areas of TIP work, firstly agroecology which has increasingly emerged as the connecting thread of all their agendas. The second is Communications which is essential to share the grassroot stories on a global platform. The time spent in Europe will allow each of the Fellows to be exposed to best minds at related organisations like Bioversity International, iFAD, FAO, Slow food and many more. Says Phrang Roy, Coordinator TIP, “ While each of the Fellows has individually shown dedicated efforts in their home communities, the time at the TIP fellowship allows them concentrated exposure of working within a system and its work orders. This will tune them to a professional code of conduct and functioning in a global organisation. At the same time, as the fellows travel on field visits with experts they learn technical terminology, observation, scientific analytics and their social connections.”
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Bhuwon Ratna Sthapit, Senior Scientist at Bioversity International in Nepal. Bhuwon will be dearly missed, and greatly remembered among the agrobiodiversity community. A true pioneer, leading expert, and mentor on participatory methods to assess and use agricultural biodiversity, participatory crop improvement, in situand on-farm conservation, home gardens, community-based biodiversity management, and community seed banks, Bhuwon always put farmers always at the centre of his work.
His passion, commitment and knowledge that he shared with and accredited to local communities for over 30 years will never be forgotten. It will echo through future generations of participatory in-situ researchers that have taken inspiration from him. To honor his life’s work of mentoring young scientists from developing countries, Bhuwon’s friends and colleagues are currently reaching out to set up an annual Bhuwon R. Sthapit (BRS) Fellowship for Asia that will support for young scientists to continue his work.
We feel grateful that PAR has had the opportunity to work closely with Bhuwon and his team, and his ideas will continue to inform our efforts to continuously improve participatory efforts in agrobiodiversity research and community based conservation. We will never forget his indomitable spirit, kindness, and intelligence and we join with many of his friends and colleagues from around the world in mourning his loss.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to Bhuwon’s wife and his 3 children.
Event: Shillong Declaration shared at 15th UNPF Side event
Venue: UN HQ, NYC
Indigenous Perspectives On Food And Wellbeing Finds Audience at The UN
On the sidelines of the 15th UN Permanent Forum scheduled from the 9th to 20th May2016, at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, a side event titled “Harvesting Peace”, was organised where one of the major highlights was the sharing of the Shillong Declaration that was drafted during the Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) 2015 that took place in Meghalaya last November. The side event was organised by the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobioiversity and Food Sovereignty, Non Profit Organisation based out of Rome and one of the main organisers of ITM 2015. The side event was presented in collaboration with CHIRAPAQ (Center for Indigenous Cultures of Peru); the Porini Welfare Association, Kenya; Tebtebba Association, Philippines and The Sioux Chef, USA. Designed to be a session of storytelling, the side event created a platform where local voices was given the opportunity to meet global audiences to discover avenues to the “Future We Want”.
Welcome and Introductions: Phrang Roy, Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity & Food Sovereignty
Panel Discussion :
– Victoria Tauli Corpuz , UN Sp. Rapporteur (Tebtebba Association, Philippines) – Esther Wanjiku Mwangi,
President, Porini Welfare Association, Kenya
– Tarcila Rivera Zea, Member of the Permanent Forum (CHIRAPAQ, Peru)
– Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef, USA
How can food contribute to peace and wellbeing
The occasion also marked the launch of an album of songs contributed by delegates of IT 2015 and as well as the distribution of the ITM Shillong Declaration, a document born out of the sessions of the ITM 2015 that reflected the ideas of the representatives of the 169 Indigenous communities that were present at the event and three years of interaction with various indigenous communities of Meghalaya, India and the rest of the world. This Side Event also briefly reported on the outcomes of the ITM 2015.
A tasting reception featuring Indigenous foods from North America and North East India was also organised for participants of the side event. While Chef Sean Sherman prepared amaranth cracker, whipped white bean and smoked whitefish, raspberry rosehip sauce and dried ramps served with a drink of cedar and maple tea, Anita Roy, Board Member, NESFAS presented a number of dishes representing Meghalaya including ja stem, pork with pumpkin, and radish and sesame salad highlighting the ingredients including turmeric, black pepper and garlic from the region.
Mrs. Roy also demonstrated the use of turmeric, pepper, ginger and garlic not only for taste but for health purposes.
“I hope one day NESFAS will come here to tell local stories to this global audience,” – says Phrang Roy, Chairman, NESFAS and Coordinator, TIP
Source: Creepy-crawlies on my plate
600 representatives of native communities gathered in India for Indigenous Terra Madre, which focuses on food sovereignty and other sustainability issues.
The Indigenous Terra Madre, 2015 or the International Mei Ramew – a five-day international conference on slow food and agro-biodiversity – drew to a close at the picturesque Mawphlang Sacred Groves near here with grand cultural performances by regional and international artistes of indigenous origin, even as the Chief Minister Mukul Sangma called for a repeat of such international event in the … Indigenous Terra Madre concludes with much fanfare – The Shillong Times
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