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Read the Mongabay series: Indigenous Peoples' food systems can provide game-changing solutions for humankind!

13/01/2022 - 

A series covering 6 key, resilient Indigenous Peoples’ food systems from around the world was published by Mongabay. Based on the award-winning, FAO- Bioversity International publication, Indigenous Peoples’ food systems: Insights on sustainability and resilience from the front line of climate change (2021).


The report provides an overview on the common and unique sustainability elements of Indigenous Peoples' food systems, in terms of natural resource management, access to the market, diet diversity, indigenous peoples’ governance systems, and links to traditional knowledge and indigenous languages. While enhancing the learning on Indigenous Peoples' food systems, it raises awareness on the need to enhance the protection of Indigenous Peoples' food systems as a source of livelihood for the 478 million of Indigenous Peoples in the world, while contributing to the Zero Hunger Goal. 

Read each of the articles below and do not forget to share them in your social-media.


Between land and sea: Agrobiodiversity holds key to health for Melanesian tribes -Residents of the Solomon Islands’ western province practice an ancient Agroforestry system that intercrops 20 edible species and features the ngali nut, a delicacy sold in domestic and international markets, reports Chris Vogliano, a technical adviser of food systems at USAID, and Shane Tutua, manager of the Zai Na Tina Center for Organic Systems.

In southern Colombia, Indigenous groups fish and farm with the floods - At the very southern tip of Colombia, Indigenous communities practice a sustainable food system that involves artisanal fishing and rotating crop structures within cycles of flooding periods, reports Liseth Escobar, of Fundación Omacha. 

An Indigenous community in India’s Meghalaya state offers lessons in climate resilience - In the northeast of India, the Khasi community’s resilience to climate change is underpinned by the traditional jhum system, home gardens and community-led landscape management that respects local agrobiodiversity reports Bhogtoram Mawroh of the North East Slow Food and Agrobiodiversity Society NESFAS.

Unique Indigenous Maya food system blends cropping techniques in Guatemala - Maya Ch’orti’ communities in Guatemala who practice unique techniques among the best in the world for maximizing different intensities of sunlight and complementing soil fertility.

In the Arctic, Indigenous Sámi keep life centered on reindeer herding - In Finland’s northern Arctic landscape, the Indigenous Inari Sámi community practice a unique form of reindeer herding and fishing based on traditional knowledge reports Tero Mustonen, an Finnish scientist and fisherman and president of SnowChange Cooperative.


Mali’s centuries-old pastoralist traditions wilt as the climate changes - In northern Mali, near Timbuktu, the Kel Tamasheq people practice a nomadic pastoralism that follows seasonal movements. However, increasing desertification looms large reports Aboubacrine ag Mohamed Mitta, a member of the Kel Tamasheq people.


Indigenous hunter-gatherers in Cameroon diversify food sources in the face of change - In southeastern Cameroon, zoning and settlement policies have forced the Indigenous Baka people to slowly transition away from their hunter-gatherer lifestyle in the rainforest, to one that relies more on farming and fishing in order to guarantee their food security.


Opinion- article: Indigenous food systems can provide game-changing solutions for humankind - “The importance of Indigenous peoples’ food systems is that they remind us of many things that we have forgotten,” says Yon Fernandez-de-Larrinoa Head of the Indigenous Peoples Unit at FAO.