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Partner organization from Meghalaya-NESFAS activates its “No one shall be left behind” project supported by REC

NESFAS activates its “No one shall be left behind” project supported by REC Foundation (Rural Electrical Corporation Ltd), with a 3-Day Partnership Workshop with its partners NEN Nagaland, SSC Shillong and SURE Jaintia Hills, on 11/07/18. Over a three-year period, the project will promote indigenous food systems (IFS) that will significantly contribute to improved nutrition, food security and sustainable livelihoods.The promise of Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd. Foundation supported NESFAS project “No one shall be left behind” got underway with [...]

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In loving memory of (L) Rev. Anthony Abong B Marak

  Every meeting with Fr Anthony was a classroom called life for the NESFAS team and their guests. His circles of wellbeing at the ITM 2015 Shillong have become an iconic image of the event where a cluster of Garo musicians, around his welcoming smile and enthusiastic laughter, encouraged members of various tribes from around the world to join and match rhythms, creating new medleys- language no bar, origins no bar, the only requirement being the shared love for life [...]

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Our sincere condolences to the family of Sara Manetto on the passing away of her mother, Ms. Liliana Fiorentino.

Our work has consistently established the Mother as the crucible of nutrition – physical, mental and spiritual, all essentials of a child and the family’s well being.    The Indigenous  Partnership (TIP), NESFAS and their partners share sincere condolences and support to our friend and past  Program Officer, Sara Manetto  and her family on the passing away of her mother, Ms.Liliana Fiorentino.Sara, We join hands across distances to give you strength in this moment of loss, from indigenous communities across continents [...]

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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 [...]

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ERI SILK & KHNENG EMBROIDERY

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 [...]

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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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International Youth Fellowship Program 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT: NESFAS youth part of The Indigenous Partnership (TIP)-International Youth Fellowship Program 2017 in Rome, Italy. This week saw the initiation of the TIP- International Youth Fellowship Program 2017 in Rome, Italy. Supported by The Christensen Fund (TCF), the fellowship aims to create a platform for exchange among young minds from indigenous communities and sync then to world views and actions while maintaining theirfor identities. The Fellowship program is designed for four months and will be hosted with TIP partner Bioversity International [...]

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(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 [...]

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agroecology schools

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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