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Day 8 in Rome: Fellows learn the value chain approach to promote NUS products

Neglected and Underutilised Species (NUS) have been overlooked by research and policy makers over crops that have greater demand. Negligence in provision of resources for their promotion and development results in farmers planting them less often and also leads to loss of traditional knowledge. Producer who promotes NUS products (Campgna Amica Farmers’ Market) The potential of NUS should be recognised. They can help to increase the diversification of food production which in turn diversifies nutritional intake. In addition to this, they [...]

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Day 7 in Rome: The Fellows are inundated about indigenous peoples’ rights

The local and indigenous communities and farmers of all regions of the world have made enormous contributions to food and agriculture production throughout the world. However, the indigenous peoples often share a colonial legacy of marginalisation and dispossession; they struggle to reconcile the usually conflicting demands of tradition and modernity. But, today, the rights of indigenous peoples are being taken into consideration as a result of sustained resistance by the people themselves and the mediation of a concerned and politically [...]

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Day 6 in Rome: Fellows identify around 12 wild edible plants during an ABD walk

On 26th June, 2019, the Fellows, along with their new found friends in Rome, went for an agrobiodiversity walk to Giulianello which is 51 kms away from Rome. This session was specifically designed as part of the training session under the leadership of Martina, who is working at Bioversity International. Iseno Tamburlani, a knowledge holder of Giulianello took the team for a walk into their landscapes. During the walks, they identified around 12 wild edible plants.Members present: Yani Nofri, TIP [...]

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Day 5 in Rome: The Fellows learnt about the promotion of neglected & underutilised species

A sharing session on Neglected and Underutlised Species (NUS) and Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (BFN) was held on 25th June at Bioversity International, Rome, to learn how to identify and promote neglected and underutilised species with focus on nutrition.Members present: Phrang Roy, TIP Coordinator,India Andrea Selva, TIP Assistant, Italy Yani Nofri, TIP fellow, Indonesia Chenxiang Marak, TIP Fellow, India Edgar Monte, TIP Fellow, Mexico Merrysha Nongrum, TIP Fellow, India Pius Ranee, Ex-TIP Fellow and TIP Consultant Martina, Intern, Bioversity International Arturo Turillazzi, Intern, Bioversity International Claudia Heindorf, Phd [...]

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Day 4 in Rome: Session on landscape approaches for biodiversity conservation and livelihoods improvements

As part of the Fellowship programme, Fellows were asked to profile their own indigenous food systems before they come for the training both in India and Rome. While conducting this exercise, one of the tools that they applied was to make a village map that enabled them to understand the different land use systems. In the process, the Fellows found it quite difficult to make an assessment of their own indigenous food systems on whether their systems are resilient [...]

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Day 3 in Rome: Fellows visit the Campagna Amica farmers’ market

With the support of new found friends in Bioversity International: Martina, Eliot and Arturo, the TIP Fellows visited a Farmers’ Market in the heart of Rome, Italy on 22nd June, 2019. Promoted by Coldiretti, Fondazione Campagna Amica was founded in 2008. Its main aim is to promote direct selling of local and seasonal food products by farmers. With half million members, Coldiretti is the leading organisation of farmers at national and European level. On this day, the Fellows had [...]

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Day 2 in Rome: TIP and Procasur explore possibilities of a future collaboration

The 2nd day of the TIP Youth Fellowship programme in Rome was highlighted by the visit to the IFAD Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Fellows got a chance to interact with and learn from the initiatives of Procasur while they also gained ideas from NESFAS’ work that they can execute back in their communities.Session: Discussion with Procasur for future collaboration and sharing of NESFAS’s interventions with IFAD teams. Members present: Viviana Sacco, Learning Route Coordination, Africa Mattia Prayer Galletti, Lead Technical Specialist, [...]

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Day 1 in Rome: The Fellows visit Bioversity International

Sessions: Sadhana Forest Reforestation Project by Arturo Turillazzi, from Italy, MSc Human Development and Food Security. Short brief on Bioversity by Elisabetta Gotor, Head of Development Impact Unit Matriarchal society by Violet Black, from Malawi, MSc in Human Development and Food Security In situ conservation and management of plant genetic diversity in indigenous land use systems of the Teenek in the Huasteca Potosina by Claudia Heindorf, Phd student Members present: Phrang Roy, TIP Coordinator, India Andrea Selva, TIP Assistant, Italy Nofri Yani, TIP Fellow, Indonesia Chenxiang Marak, TIP Fellow, India Edgar [...]

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The Fellows proceed to Rome for the 2nd leg of the Youth Fellowship 2019

After an insightful stay in Meghalaya, the Fellows proceeded to Rome for the 2nd half of the TIP Youth Fellowship programme. On reaching Rome, the Fellows visited the Bioversity International office where they were briefed about the Fellowship programme by Phrang Roy, Coordinator, TIP and Andrea Selva, Managing Consultant, TIP, Bioversity International. Over the month long stay at Rome, the Fellows will meet with various industry experts who will brief them on crucial topics including the rights of indigenous peoples, [...]

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