The narrative relating to indigenous peoples food systems and communities can be misleading.
Indigenous communities are custodians of 80% of what is left of the world’s biodiversity and hold a treasure trove of ancient wisdom, values systems and community governance frameworks that the modern world needs.
Indigenous communities’ intent and capacity to continue upholding their stewardship of these precious natural resources is being challenged by many factors including:
- Soil erosion
- Social pressures to educate children
- Unpredictable weather patterns
- Limited access to markets to sell produce and income generation opportunities
- Incentives to adopt pesticides, fertilizers and non-local seeds that may have long term consequences on their farming production and livelihood security.
Any inaction will lead to loss of these unique ways of life, heritage, seeds, species, precious natural resources and knowledge on these alternative practices of land management and sustainable consumption.
Indigenous peoples and communities are not currently able to find the allies and resources they need to advocate for their wisdom, share it and protect it.
TIP therefore builds a bridge between policy makers and community based organisations working on indigenous peoples issues. TIP has earned trust across constituencies, understands divergent points of view and has the experience and training necessary to give indigenous youth and leaders the support, alliances, sounding boards and audiences they need to get their needs heard.