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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 [...]

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 [...]

Celebrating Indigenous food systems as drivers of sustainability, on this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples!

Post by: Lukas Pawera, TIP Consultant, 9/08/2019 Every year on the 9th of August the world celebrates, the more than 370 million indigenous peoples who speak more than 4000 languages and live on over a quarter of the world´s land surface, as the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. It aims to promote the life and protect the rights of the indigenous peoples who are also known to be the protectors of the areas of the highest biological diversity. [...]

Fellows walk away with unparalleled knowledge and experiences

After a fruitful Fellowship programme, the Fellows bid goodbye to Rome and head back to their communities with unforgettable memories, knowledge and experiences. A couple of months back, four Fellows, from 3 different countries, representing 4 different matrifocal communities, embarked on a journey of sharing their indigenous stories and learning about tools for the revitalisation of their communities and indigenous food systems. Aided by TIP’s Youth Fellowship Programme, the Fellows gained unique international and intercultural experiences and skills to add [...]

Gen-Y of matriarchal societies to shape and revitalise their Indigenous Food Systems

As part of the Fellowship Programme, on 10th July, 2019, the Fellows visited the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, to share their case studies about renewal and enhancement of their indigenous food systems, which they formulated with the help of the training they received over 2 months. Owing to the uniqueness of a matriarchal society, the German Room at the FAO Headquarters was fully packed with participants from Bioversity International, FAO and IFAD, to learn about [...]

A day at the WFP Headquarters: Fellows gain insights about nutrition in conflict-ridden areas

The Fellows visited the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters to have a closer look at the work done by WFP  and to understand how humanitarian UN Agencies like the WFP work in disaster prone and conflict-ridden areas. At WFP, they met Uma Thapa, Senior Government Partnership Officer, who briefly described the different activities carried out by WFP, particularly in the area of nutrition. (L-R) Lukas Pawera, Phrang Roy, Merrysha Nongrum, Chenxiang Marak, Edgar Monte, Pius Ranee and Yani Nofri at [...]

The Fellows formulated community-specific work plans based on the VIPP methodology

Learning through personal experiences and resources always goes down better as compared to a one-way training. Over the span of 2 days, VIPP facilitator and trainer,  Timmi Tillmann, interacted with the Fellows and trained them on the Visualisation in Participatory Programme (VIPP) via exercises that involved Fellows sharing their individual experiences and knowledge. This was then used to formulate work plans for indigenous food systems, specific to the Fellows' respective communities. The interactive and fun learning session made it [...]

Designing a roadmap to funding with the aid of the concept of systems thinking

Over the 3-day long session, the Fellows were oriented on the concept of system thinking and logframe training that they can take back to their respective communities, to design impactful roadmaps which would generate funding. Essentially, the aim of the session was to train the Fellows to put down their ideas in such a manner that they get due recognition and funds required to bring those ideas into execution, which would aid in bringing about positive changes in their [...]

Day 8 in Rome: Fellows learn the value chain approach to promote NUS products

Neglected and Underutilised Species (NUS) have been overlooked by research and policy makers over crops that have greater demand. Negligence in provision of resources for their promotion and development results in farmers planting them less often and also leads to loss of traditional knowledge. Producer who promotes NUS products (Campgna Amica Farmers' Market) The potential of NUS should be recognised. They can help to increase the diversification of food production which in turn diversifies nutritional intake. In addition to this, they [...]