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TIP, its partners and friends, grieve the passing of Mr. Lawrence Diengdoh

It is with deep sadness that we receive and share the news of the passing of Mr. Lawrence Diengdoh, father of Mr. Pius Ranee, TIP Fellow 2017 and present Executive Director of NESFAS, at Nongtraw, Meghalaya, India, on November 18, 2020. Mr. Diengdoh, was a bamboo artisan and well-known beekeeper of Nongtraw. TIP, its partners and friends, extend their heartfelt condolences to his wife Kong Bibiana Ranee, a custodian farmer and local knowledge holder of Nongtraw community, and also to [...]

TIP-FAO Partnership: The Global-hub on Indigenous Food Systems

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN has launched the Global-hub on Indigenous Food Systems on September 28, 2020 with the agenda of operationalizing a food systems approach to accelerate the 2030 Agenda. The work programme of this initiative include Knowledge Bearers’ Platform which will involve different stakeholders working on traditional and indigenous food systems, a collectively generated online database, technical advice on indigenous peoples’ food systems and traditional knowledge, and creation of synergies. TIP is proud to be one [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]