New publication and video: Building, defending and strengthening agroecology

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A new publication and video explore the meaning and politics of agroecology from social movement perspectives through the perspectives of food producers involved in the food sovereignty movement. Food producers say in their own words why agroecology is a key pathway towards better food systems and food sovereignty. •Download: Building, defending and strengthening agroecology. A […]

Upcoming event: Indigenous Terra Madre 2015

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The Indigenous Terra Madre 2015 meeting will be held in Shillong, Meghalaya (North East India) from 3rd to 7th November, 2015. International Mei-Ramew 2015 (IMR 2015) — Mother Earth in the local Khasi language — is the preferred name of the people of Meghalaya for the second edition of the Indigenous Terra Madre. It is a joint venture of the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty, Rome, Italy; Slow Food International, Bra, Italy; and the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS), Shillong, India. Forty one villages from Meghalaya have agreed to be co-hosting villages for ITM 2015/IMR 2015.

Of Food, Culture and Identity

Indigenous food and issues of food sovereignty discussed during food festival organized as part of Western Ghats civil society Conclave at Mahabaleshwar India, provided a context in which tribal people could share wider concerns about environmental sustainability, political sovereignty and preservation of traditional culture, and also interact with other conclave participants from the position of specialists and experts in their own field.

Mei Ramew Food Festival (December 2012)

Mei Ramew Festival – A celebration of indigenous foodways Working closely with Slow Food International, the Indigenous Partnership has been joining hands with indigenous Slow Food communities all over the world at Terra Madre gatherings to collectively (re)discover a more sustainable approach to food for our future wellbeing. Terra Madre, locally named Mei Ram-ew Festival […]

Policy Brief: Securing Farmers’ Rights and Seed Sovereignty in South Africa

By Rachel Wynberg, Jaci van Niekerk, Rose Williams and Lawrence Mkhaliphi   Focusing on small-scale farmers, their indigenous agricultural knowledge and practices, and the traditional varieties that they grow, this Biowatch Policy Brief reviews farmers’ rights in South Africa and the extent to which policies, laws and practices support seed sovereignty and the conservation of […]

IAASTD findings available on a new website “globalagriculture.org”

The Foundation on Future Farming and Biovision have recently launched the new website www.globalagriculture.org. The site makes the findings of the International Assessment of Agriculture Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) available by topics and offers updated figures, background information, further reading and news and includes material on current topics such as land-grabbing and […]