Eating well for good health

Indigenous Peoples' food systems
& well-being

Interventions & policies for healthy communities

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2013


Indigenous Peoples in cultural homelands of the most rural areas of developing regions experience challenges in using their traditional food systems and to ensure food security and health despite the treasures of food biodiversity that could support well-being. This book is the third in a series promoting use of local food systems by Indigenous Peoples; the first defines the process to document local food resources, and the second describes food systems in 12 diverse rural areas of different parts of the world. Here we describe processes and findings from more than 40 interdisciplinary collaborators who created health promotion interventions for communities using local food systems. Included are participatory processes using local knowledge and activities specifically for local food; global overviews of Indigenous Peoples' health circumstances, environmental concerns, and infant and child feeding practices; and nine specific case examples from Canada, Japan, Peru, India, Colombia, Thailand and the Federated States of Micronesia. Common themes of successful interventions and evaluations are given along with chapters on human rights issues and implications for policies and strategies. Throughout the 10 years of this research we have shown the strength and promise of local traditional food systems to improve health and well-being. This work is in context of the second United Nations' International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Table of Contents

IntroductionDownload   - 2 Mb )

Chapter 1
Why do Indigenous Peoples' food and nutrition interventions
for health promotion and policy need special consideration? Download  - 730 Kb )

Chapter 2
Health disparities: promoting Indigenous Peoples' health through
traditional food systems and self-determination ( Download  - 854 Kb )

Chapter 3
Global environmental challenges to the integrity of Indigenous Peoples' food systems ( Download   - 819 Kb)

Chapter 4
Infant and young child complementary feeding among Indigenous Peoples ( Download   - 716 Kb)
Case Studies

Chapter 5
Promotion of traditional foods to improve the nutrition and health
of the AwajĂșn of the Cenepa River in Peru ( Download   - 957 Kb)

Chapter 6
The Dalit food system and maternal and child nutrition in Andhra Pradesh, South India ( Download   - 1 Mb)

Chapter 7
Gwich'in traditional food and health in Tetlit Zheh, Northwest Territories, Canada: phase II ( Download   - 970 Kb)

Chapter 8
Inga food and medicine systems to promote community health ( Download   - 905 Kb)

Chapter 9
The value of Inuit elders' storytelling to health promotion during times
of rapid climate change and uncertain food security ( Download   - 990 Kb)

Chapter 10
Culture-based nutrition and health promotion in a Karen community ( Download   - 2.2 Mb)

Chapter 11
The Nuxalk Food and Nutrition Program for Health revisited ( Download   - 846 Kb )

Chapter 12
Let's Go Local! Pohnpei promotes local food production and nutrition for health ( Download   - 1.1 Mb
Chapter 13
Tasty tonoto and not-so-tasty tonoto: fostering traditional food culture among
the Ainu people in the Saru River region, Japan (Download   - 871 Kb )
Future Directions
Chapter 14
What food system intervention strategies and evaluation indicators
are successful with Indigenous Peoples? ( Download   - 912 Kb)
Chapter 15
Human rights implications of Indigenous Peoples' food systems and policy recommendations ( Download   - 1.1 Mb)
Chapter 16
Policy and strategies to improve nutrition and health for Indigenous Peoples ( Download   - 872 Kb)
References ( Download   - 1.3 Mb)
Appendices Download   - 1.5 Mb)
Index (Download   - 742 Kb )
Photographic section (Download   - 4 Mb )

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