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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES 2020

STATEMENT OF THE INDIGENOUS PARTNERSHIP TIP/NESFAS As we commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, let us not forget that supporting Indigenous Peoples is not only a social good; it is also a sound development policy. Defending the lands, languages and cultural practices of indigenous peoples and tackling the racism and injustices against them will lessen the outbreaks of future pandemics and manage climate change. Although there has been no homogenous pattern in the responses of Indigenous Peoples [...]

Remembering Ursula Hudson, President Slow Food Germany

The Indigenous Partnership (TIP) and its alliances of food communities and organizations grieve the passing away of Ursula Hudson, President of Slow Food Germany and member of the Slow Food International Executive Committee, last Friday (July 10, 2020). After receiving the news of her passing, Chairman, North East Slow Food, and Agrobiodiversity (NESFAS) and Coordinator TIP, Phrang Roy, expressed his sadness and also shared, “I think she was the wisest and most proactive International Councilor of Slow Food. We will [...]

What foods did your ancestors love?- Aparna Pallavi, TEDX Talks

Via TEDx Talks: Around the world, Indigenous food cultures vanish because of industrialized agriculture and a shifting, Western-influenced concept of the ideal diet. Food researcher Aparna Pallavi explores why once-essential culinary traditions disappear from people's lives and memories almost without notice -- and serves up a subtle solution to revitalize our connection to the foods we eat. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxCapeTownWomen, an independent event. TED's editors chose to feature it for you. Watch video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wVUIPjPhl8

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 [...]