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Day 5 in Rome: Sharing session on Neglected and Underutilised Species (NUS) and Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (BFN)

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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TIP Fellows 2019 exchange ideas during a three-day work retreat at Meghalaya

30th May 2019 Shillong, Meghalaya The TIP Fellows 2019 joined the NESFAS Team and partners SSC (Social Service Centre) and SURE (Society for Urban and Rural Empowerment) that came together to share updates, ideas, local solutions and knowledge at a three-day retreat The TIP Fellows 2019 were part of a three-day work retreat titled ‘Briefing and Exchange of Ideas Sessions’ from Monday (May 27 to May 29) at the SILOAM Facilitation Centre in Umsaw Khwan (Ri Bhoi), which was hosted by TIP’s local partner [...]

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Interaction and cultural diversity: Key drivers of the Fellowship Programme

Meet a Mentor  The journey of TIP Youth Fellowships is not just about the young minds and their communities, but a selection of sensitised stewardship. The TIP Fellowship allows the indigenous Fellows to meet academic and mainstream experts who have been deeply involved in not just a sphere of study but also who have a bent towards understanding grassroots knowledge systems. Lukas Pawera, Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences of the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, is a [...]

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PGS (Participatory Guarantee System)

TIP with network partners Keystone Foundations are working with NESFAS to drive the organic agenda in the North East through the PGS certification. PGS-India (Participatory Guarantee System of India) is a quality assurance initiative that is locally relevant, emphasize the participation of stakeholders, including producers and consumers and operate outside the frame of third party certification. Work has been initiated work in three villages of Khweng, Laitsohpliah, Nongtraw village respectively. This was then extended to Dewlieh village due to [...]

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