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The Indigenous Communities and its peoples lose a guide, friend and an ally for its cause: The Most Reverend Dominic Jala, SDB Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong

With deep sadness, The Indigenous Partnership (TIP) and NESFAS, share the news of the passing away of a close friend of the indigenous peoples. The Most Reverend Dominic Jala, SDB Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong died in a tragic road accident in Colusa County, California, USA on 10th October 2019. Born on 12th July 1951 in Mawlai, Shillong, (Meghalaya, North East India) and ordained as Bishop on 2nd April 2000, Reverend Jala was loved and respected [...]

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Hato ngi bam ka bam ba dap biang? (Khasi Article)

Katba nga dang iaid ha lynti ban leit phai sha iing, nga ju pyrkhat ngan leh aiu ynda nga la poi iing. Kaba nga ju leh ka long ban peit ka khreh kot ki khun bad nangta sa ka shet ka tiew. Nga pyrkhat “ Ngan shet da ei?” Kane ka jingkylli nga tharai baroh ngi ju kylli la jan man ka sngi. Ha ka jingbunkam nga pyrkhat “ba ngan shet ka ja, u dai bad u phan” namar [...]

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Celebrating Indigenous food systems as drivers of sustainability, on this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples!

Post by: Lukas Pawera, TIP Consultant, 9/08/2019Every year on the 9th of August the world celebrates, the more than 370 million indigenous peoples who speak more than 4000 languages and live on over a quarter of the world´s land surface, as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It aims to promote the life and protect the rights of the indigenous peoples who are also known to be the protectors of the areas of the highest biological diversity. [...]

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Fellows walk away with unparalleled knowledge and experiences

After a fruitful Fellowship programme, the Fellows bid goodbye to Rome and head back to their communities with unforgettable memories, knowledge and experiences. A couple of months back, four Fellows, from 3 different countries, representing 4 different matrifocal communities, embarked on a journey of sharing their indigenous stories and learning about tools for the revitalisation of their communities and indigenous food systems. Aided by TIP’s Youth Fellowship Programme, the Fellows gained unique international and intercultural experiences and skills to add [...]

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Gen-Y of matriarchal societies to shape and revitalise their Indigenous Food Systems

As part of the Fellowship Programme, on 10th July, 2019, the Fellows visited the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, to share their case studies about renewal and enhancement of their indigenous food systems, which they formulated with the help of the training they received over 2 months. Owing to the uniqueness of a matriarchal society, the German Room at the FAO Headquarters was fully packed with participants from Bioversity International, FAO and IFAD, to learn about [...]

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A day at the WFP Headquarters: Fellows gain insights about nutrition in conflict-ridden areas

The Fellows visited the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters to have a closer look at the work done by WFP  and to understand how humanitarian UN Agencies like the WFP work in disaster prone and conflict-ridden areas. At WFP, they met Uma Thapa, Senior Government Partnership Officer, who briefly described the different activities carried out by WFP, particularly in the area of nutrition. (L-R) Lukas Pawera, Phrang Roy, Merrysha Nongrum, Chenxiang Marak, Edgar Monte, Pius Ranee and Yani Nofri at [...]

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The Fellows formulated community-specific work plans based on the VIPP methodology

Learning through personal experiences and resources always goes down better as compared to a one-way training. Over the span of 2 days, VIPP facilitator and trainer,  Timmi Tillmann, interacted with the Fellows and trained them on the Visualisation in Participatory Programme (VIPP) via exercises that involved Fellows sharing their individual experiences and knowledge. This was then used to formulate work plans for indigenous food systems, specific to the Fellows’ respective communities. The interactive and fun learning session made it [...]

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Designing a roadmap to funding with the aid of the concept of systems thinking

Over the 3-day long session, the Fellows were oriented on the concept of system thinking and logframe training that they can take back to their respective communities, to design impactful roadmaps which would generate funding. Essentially, the aim of the session was to train the Fellows to put down their ideas in such a manner that they get due recognition and funds required to bring those ideas into execution, which would aid in bringing about positive changes in their [...]

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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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