Indigenous Partnership: Supporting a Global Food Transformation
November 23rd, 2010
The Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty has recently published the Scoping Report (2.78 MB PDF), from its three-day scoping workshop held in Pisaq, (Cusco) Peru. This report is a record of the decision-making process.
The regeneration of local food systems and agrobiodiversity has been a major funding priority of The Christensen Fund (TCF). Eager to empower many more indigenous organisations to revitalise local food systems and define their own food and agriculture practices to sustain agrobiodiversity, TCF supported the idea of creating an Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty under a hosting arrangement with Bioversity International. Such an arrangement is expected to generate a purposeful collaboration between indigenous communities, scientists and policy researchers, leading to the emergence of a “new science of complexity based on modern and traditional knowledge for the design of resilient food and agricultural systems that would have lower carbon and ecological footprints.”
The Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty (the Indigenous Partnership) is coordinated by Phrang Roy, an indigenous professional and former staff member of TCF. The partnership also includes:
- Three indigenous organisations (Tebtebba Foundation of the Philippines, Asociación ANDES of Peru, and Vanuatu Cultural Centre);
- An international agricultural research body (Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research [PAR] hosted by Bioversity International, Rome);
- An international policy research group (Sustainable Agriculture, Biodiversity and
- Livelihoods Programme of the International Institute for Environment and Development [IIED], London); and
- A social movement organisation with interest in good, clean and fair food and biodiversity (Slow Food International, Bra, Italy).
These organisations agreed to support the formulation of the Indigenous Partnership and to participate in the meetings and exchange visits organised by the Coordinator. Once established, the Indigenous Partnership is expected to gradually broaden its network of indigenous organisations and others, thereby becoming a useful bridge between indigenous peoples, local communities and strategic local, national and international organisations that are promoting research, practice and policy for sustaining agrobiocultural diversity.
The Scoping Workshop allowed partners to meet, share best practices and discuss the desired guiding and operational principles of the Indigenous Partnership. The first international meeting of the Indigenous Partnership, the workshop brought together 31 indigenous elders, researchers and practitioners from diverse biocultural regions of Bolivia, Canada, England, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Tajikistan, Peru, Vanuatu and the United States . The workshop was held in the Potato Park, an Indigenous Biocultural Heritage Conservation Area and a model that seeks to protect the vast knowledge, culture, resources, and rights of people and the land they inhabit.
To learn more, download the full Scoping Report (2.78 MB PDF). Please help us continue planting the seeds, print and share.