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To achieve its aim of eradicating hunger and malnutrition, FAO works with indigenous peoples and other stakeholders around the world. This section showcases some examples of FAO's initiatives in which indigenous peoples play a central role.

Improving livelihoods of indigenous women in Nicaragua
The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) partnership, hosted by FAO, has supported Mayangna women to sell local products and improve their livelihoods. Capacity building workshops have taught the women how to improve product quality and equipped them with market knowledge, while also helping to preserve their culture.
Using indigenous knowledge to reverse land degradation in Angola
Thanks to financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), participation of indigenous communities and their ancestral knowledge, FAO has helped strengthen the capacity of agro-pastoralists in south western Angola to reduce the impact of land degradation and to increase the rehabilitation of degraded lands.
Monitoring community-based forests in indigenous territories in Panama
FAO and UN-REDD are providing technical support and capacity building to indigenous technicians and traditional authorities in forest management of their lands and territories.
The Leadership School of Indigenous Women: supporting tomorrow
The Leadership School of Indigenous Women: learning about human rights, advocacy skills and food security to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Supporting the recognition of indigenous peoples
This capacity development programme has been specifically designed around the challenges indigenous peoples face regarding tenure rights over their lands, territories and resources.
Achieving food and nutrition security in remote areas of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh
With support from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), FAO has worked with 6 200 men and women in the region to help reduce food insecurity, restore their livelihoods and strengthen their resilience to future shocks and stresses.
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