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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 [...]

Umsawwar: A Hotbed of Agrobiodiversity

About an hour’s drive away from Mawkynrew lies Umsawwar village, a quintessential Khasi upland village surrounded by grassland and patches of pine. A couple of years ago the approach road to this village was in a highly dilapidated condition. Now, it has been repaired and travelers who are traveling to Syntung can drive through the village. To the south lies the deep forest covered V-shaped valleys. Product of millions of years of erosion, which is still giving shape to [...]

Agroecology Fund Global Learning Exchange, Karnataka

Pius Ranee, a senior associate at NESFAS and Fellow of the TIP Indigenous Fellowship Programme, attended a five-day workshop — Agroecology Fund Global Learning Exchange — that was organized by the Agroecology Fund (AEF), a multi-donor fund supporting agroecological practices and policies. The workshop was held from February 3-7, 2020 in Karnataka, India and was the second learning exchange programme organized by AEF.  Participants take part in farming activities at Amrita Bhoomi AE School, Karnataka   The Fund aims to support viable food systems, [...]

Indigenous youth of Nagaland, NE India wins best technical excellence award in National Film Fest

Chentei Khiamniungan, who was an intern at The Indigenous Partnership's Participatory Video workshop hosted by the organization, won the technical excellence award in the Jai Chandiram Memoraial 2nd National Community Media Film Festival 2019 in Telangana. The title of his film is, ‘STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY, STESS TOLERANT CROPS OF NAGALAND’. It also won the 1st prize at National short film competition organized by Samvaad in Jharkhand. The same film also won Award with certificate and Trophy as Special Mention in [...]

The Indigenous Communities and its peoples lose a guide, friend and an ally for its cause: The Most Reverend Dominic Jala, SDB Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong

With deep sadness, The Indigenous Partnership (TIP) and NESFAS, share the news of the passing away of a close friend of the indigenous peoples. The Most Reverend Dominic Jala, SDB Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Shillong died in a tragic road accident in Colusa County, California, USA on 10th October 2019. Born on 12th July 1951 in Mawlai, Shillong, (Meghalaya, North East India) and ordained as Bishop on 2nd April 2000, Reverend Jala was loved and respected [...]