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Shifting Cultivation Network​

TIP has been working with various food communities around the world aiming to link them and generate a common voice against misnomers due to limited knowledge. Among them isthe Shifting Rotational /Swidden  Cultivation or farming.  The terms are for a long standing  farming typology among indigenous triebes which is based on the relationship of conservation wiht the lands they live from. Much of the world’s ‘primary’ forest has in fact been historically managed under shifting cultivation. Where ‘secondary’ regrowth is rich in biodiversity as the clearings [...]


TIP linked with global facilitators like Carol Cassidy of Lao Textiles (South East Asia) to initiate with NESFAS work on preservation of the traditional skill of Eri weaving in early 2014. Ms.Cassidy’s visit to the weaving communities of Meghalya allowed her to assess the traditional weaving skills, existing product and the quality and quantity of the Eri silk, also locally known as ‘Ryndia’. She observed the challenges faced by the weavers and recommended NESFAS develop a traditional Eri silk [...]

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 [...]

(ODF) Open Defacation Free

On the road to prepare the villages in Megahalay for ITM2015, TIP and NESFAS focused on the Open Defecation Free (ODF) campaign in collaboration with the District Water and Sanitation (DWSM) East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya, and the 41 host communities so as to improve the general quality of life in the villages by promoting cleanliness, hygiene and eliminating open defecation, a shared dream of NESFAS and the Government of Meghalaya. The campaign was conducted at the state level [...]

Agroecology Schools

TIP has been facilitating with its circle of  experts as mentors  studies and orientation program on Agroecology. Initiated with its  partner NESFAS in Shillong, Meghalaya where visiting  Agroecologist from Mexico, Dr Francisco J Rozado May,  conducted  a workshop for Agroecological trainers  at the NESFAS headquarters  and related communities in Meghalaya in January 2016. In the session, Dr Francisco expounded on the concept of agroecology – a discipline that involves the study of the structure and function of an agricultural system [...]

A Loss to the Indigenous Network: Dr. Bhuwon Ratna Sthapit, Community-based Agrobiodiversity champion, passes away.

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 [...]

Mawphlang Food Festival (India)

On 17th November 2010 the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty sponsored its first Food Festival showcasing the agro-biodiversity of the Khasi-Jaintia Hills of Mawphlang in North East India. The Food Festival was organised by William Boys’ Home of Mawphlang and co-hosted by the KhasiJaintia Presbyterian Assembly in the sprawling meadows where food was cooked and displayed. Slow Food International, a partner in the Indigenous Partnership, documented the entire festival. More than 800 people from 15 surrounding villages and [...]


The Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty, being guided by Mr Phrang Roy, invites to the Terra Madre Earth Workshop event titled “Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty: the Role of Indigenous Peoples” to be held on Sunday 24 October at 15h00 in Turin, Italy. The Indigenous Partnerships is co-coordinating this special event with the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research and Crops for the Future. Background. Slow Food has entered into a partnership to strengthen the voice of indigenous groups at a political [...]