Tag - agrobiodiversity

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 [...]

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 [...]

Day 7 in Rome: The Fellows are inundated about indigenous peoples’ rights

The local and indigenous communities and farmers of all regions of the world have made enormous contributions to food and agriculture production throughout the world. However, the indigenous peoples often share a colonial legacy of marginalisation and dispossession; they struggle to reconcile the usually conflicting demands of tradition and modernity. But, today, the rights of indigenous peoples are being taken into consideration as a result of sustained resistance by the people themselves and the mediation of a concerned and politically [...]

Day 6 in Rome: Fellows identify around 12 wild edible plants during an ABD walk

On 26th June, 2019, the Fellows, along with their new found friends in Rome, went for an agrobiodiversity walk to Giulianello which is 51 kms away from Rome. This session was specifically designed as part of the training session under the leadership of Martina, who is working at Bioversity International. Iseno Tamburlani, a knowledge holder of Giulianello took the team for a walk into their landscapes. During the walks, they identified around 12 wild edible plants. Members present: Yani Nofri, TIP [...]

Day 2 in Rome: TIP and Procasur explore possibilities of a future collaboration

The 2nd day of the TIP Youth Fellowship programme in Rome was highlighted by the visit to the IFAD Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Fellows got a chance to interact with and learn from the initiatives of Procasur while they also gained ideas from NESFAS' work that they can execute back in their communities. Session: Discussion with Procasur for future collaboration and sharing of NESFAS’s interventions with IFAD teams. Members present: Viviana Sacco, Learning Route Coordination, Africa Mattia Prayer Galletti, Lead Technical Specialist, [...]

The Fellows proceed to Rome for the 2nd leg of the Youth Fellowship 2019

After an insightful stay in Meghalaya, the Fellows proceeded to Rome for the 2nd half of the TIP Youth Fellowship programme. On reaching Rome, the Fellows visited the Bioversity International office where they were briefed about the Fellowship programme by Phrang Roy, Coordinator, TIP and Andrea Selva, Managing Consultant, TIP, Bioversity International. Over the month long stay at Rome, the Fellows will meet with various industry experts who will brief them on crucial topics including the rights of indigenous peoples, [...]

TIP Fellows 2019 exchange ideas during a three-day work retreat at Meghalaya

30th May 2019 Shillong, Meghalaya The TIP Fellows 2019 joined the NESFAS Team and partners SSC (Social Service Centre) and SURE (Society for Urban and Rural Empowerment) that came together to share updates, ideas, local solutions and knowledge at a three-day retreat The TIP Fellows 2019 were part of a three-day work retreat titled ‘Briefing and Exchange of Ideas Sessions' from Monday (May 27 to May 29) at the SILOAM Facilitation Centre in Umsaw Khwan (Ri Bhoi), which was hosted by TIP's local partner [...]

Fellows attended the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity at NESFAS

Phrang Roy, Chairman, NESFAS, addressing the attendees NESFAS celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity by hosting several programmes throughout the day. They had a celebration of biodiversity at their office premises through a formal programme that highlighted the importance of biodiversity for food security. The TIP Youth Fellowship Fellows attended the celebration and gained insights about indigenous methods that they can use in their own communities. Melari Nongrum, Executive Director, NESFAS, speaking at the Pest Management Workshop Acknowledging the problems community [...]

NESFAS inaugurates the 2nd edition of the TIP Youth Fellowship Programme

20 May, 2019 Shillong, Meghalaya Meghalaya welcomed indigenous youth from around the world for The Indigenous Partnership (TIP) Youth Fellowship Programme 2019. The North-East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS), their local partner, who is hosting the first leg of the programme organised an introductory gathering with its team. The four Fellows who are part of the 2019 Fellowship are Nofri Yani from Indonesia, belonging to the Minangkabau community; Edgar Osvaldo from Mexico, belonging to the Mayan community; Merrysha Nongrum and Chenxiang [...]