Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Indigenous peoples “key partners’ in fight against poverty, hunger and malnutrition,” FAO said.

Indigenous peoples “key partners’ in fight against poverty, hunger and malnutrition,” FAO said.

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 29 Aug 2014 -- A two-day regional multi-stakeholder consultation to support Indigenous Peoples for their livelihood and food security ended today with fruitful results.

The meeting was jointly organized by AIPP and FAO in collaboration with other partners, and was attended by senior representatives of the Governments from 12 countries in the region, representatives from CSOs and international organizations such as EU, RECOFTC, CIFOR, ICRAF, etc.

The meeting facilitated a better understanding of the sifting cultivation and other traditional farming practices of indigenous peoples in Asia and its role in preserving the traditional agricultural heritage, landscape, bio-diversity and sustainable environment, in addition to its fundamental life and livelihood of the majority of nearly 260 million indigenous people in the region, who constitute about 70 percent of the world’s total of 370 million. They make up 15 percent of the global poor population.

“Unless we target this one of the largest portion of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in our society and work together with them as key partners, we would not be able to eradicate poverty and hunger, and our fundamental goal of equitable growth, social stability and sustainable development would never be achieved,” Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO’s Assistant Director-General and the Regional Representative of FAO in Asia and the Pacific said.

The meeting agreed various recommendations on policy, institutional mechanism , advocacy, research and other priority interventions for follow up actions in short-and medium-terms.

These recommendations will be brought forward for further discussions at a high level plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York in September.


Allan Dow
Communication Officer