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The indigenous way of life: Food story of an indigenous youth

"I live in a place where food is everywhere, while in the cities people are struggling for food. All I need to do is just walk or climb a tree to get a fruit. People would say it's not just for them but these benefits are the result of thousands of years managing and protecting the nature and it's not just good luck. The difference is that we as indigenous people, instead of building a five star hotel, we [...]

TIP Fellows & Mentors respond to the call of GLF2020

Photo: GLF Bonn Indigenous fellows working with local food systems joined the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) 2020 and plan to build back better! In keeping with the special times of COVID 19 the Global Landscape Forum went entirely online from June 3 to 5, 2020, and connected nearly 5,000 people from 6 continents as it was digitally broadcasted to 185 countries.(https://www.globallandscapesforum.org/). Aptly the focus was on “Food in the time of crises“, raising the necessary dialogue between the speakers, who were [...]

Traditional Knowledge Holders shift to retrofit safety rooms as the pandemic maintains its spread

Bah Barno Dohling in his new room A month ago, NESFAS launched a project to build social distancing rooms for community elders, who are traditional knowledge holders.  Nongtraw (East Khasi Hills) was a pilot effort to work with the community to break the spread by contact, especially as they fall in the vulnerable group for Covid-19 pandemic. It was pleasure to see on Thursday, June 11, 2020, Barno Dohling, Binsen Rani and Rolin Ranee, three of the identified elderly shifted to [...]

TIP fellow 2019 selected to participate in 2020 Women’s Earth Alliance Indonesia Grassroots Accelerator.

On May 15, 2020, Yani Nofri from West Sumatra, Indonesia, a The Indigenous Partnership (TIP) fellow from the last cycle, was accepted to join the 2020 Women's Earth Alliance Indonesia Grassroots Accelerator, which will be held from June 15, 2020 onwards on an online platform.The program is an opportunity to gain the skills, tools, knowledge, and networks that one needs to accelerate a project of impact at the foundation levels of community. It is an open platform where women leaders [...]

Lessons on food security from Nagaland amid COVID-19

Originally published in The Shillong Times By Pratyasha Ghosh The US is on fire. In addition to being the worst affected country in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also the site of massive protests to reopen cities and the economy. The question here is what pushes people to choose to die rather than stay home and not work? And this is the country where homelessness is a minuscule problem here compared to 0.77 million people in India (2011 Census). The [...]

Our Solutions are in Nature: International Day for Biological Diversity

Statement by Phrang Roy, Coordinator, TIP Indigenous Peoples have traditionally been inhabitants of the least disturbed biodiversity lands and territories of the world. They manage more than one quarter of all the lands of this planet and protect more than 75% of the remaining global biodiversity. The strategic importance of their traditional knowledge, skills and practices in the maintenance of this biodiversity is unequivocally proclaimed by the United Nations and stressed by volumes of published data. Every indigenous community has a [...]

SUPPORT THE COVID-19 PREVENTIVE CARE FOR RURAL KNOWLEDGE HOLDERS

NESFAS to build relief rooms for traditional knowledge holders NESFAS had always looked up to the elderly members of its partner village communities as traditional knowledge holders, many of who are the custodians of it’s Food Network initiatives like millet, rice and honey and more. The organisation has been working closely with them over the last eight years on how one can preserve this indigenous heritage, which they see as the value chain in preserving the biodiversity hotbeds. However, presently, the [...]

Service to man is service to God

By Chenxiang R Marak, Associate, NESFAS Merong Jakep is a concept that has been practiced since time immemorial by all the Christian communities in the Garo Hills region. Each Christian household is required to set apart a handful of rice before they cook their meals. Every month, the Church will collect them and sell at a half rate for the people in the community. This is how they raise funds for carrying out the different church activities especially paying the [...]

NESFAS to build isolation rooms for traditional knowledge holders

A bird’s eye view of Nongtraw community   NESFAS had always looked up to the elderly members of its partner village communities as traditional knowledge holders, many of who are the custodians of it’s Food Network initiatives like millet, rice and honey and more. The organisation has been working closely with them over the last eight years on how one can preserve this indigenous heritage, which they see as the value chain in preserving the biodiversity hotbeds. However, presently, the Coronavirus anvil [...]

Living in Rome in the Time of Coronavirus

Published in: The Shillong Times By Phrang Roy As I sit here writing this piece, the western sun is slowly dipping into my study reminding me that the sunset would soon bring with it the wonder, magic and romance of an evening in this magnificent city of Rome. At sunset, residents and tourists alike typically go for an evening passeggiata (stroll) to admire the timeless Roman fountains, rub shoulders with young people buying their favourite gelato (ice creams), or simply to watch young lovers walking hand in [...]