Indigenous peoples

Advocacy and capacity building

FAO regards advocacy as a key strategy to promote the rights and demands of indigenous peoples within the scope of its mandate. Raising awareness among the public as well as stakeholders lays the ground for greater and more responsible engagement with indigenous peoples, notably by fostering development processes that respect: self-determination; identity; free, prior and informed consent; participation and inclusion; cultural and collective rights; gender equality; and rights over land and other natural resources.

Our engagement

In order to continue strengthening FAO’s engagement with indigenous peoples worldwide, our team takes part in relevant international events that promote discussions addressed to tackle the challenges of food security at the national, regional and global levels. FAO supports the attendance of indigenous and pastoralist representatives, whose voices are often marginalized. At these events, the latter are given the opportunity to discuss the importance of their traditional knowledge, sustainable livelihoods and agricultural practices, among other key themes. These events are also an opportunity for FAO to build partnerships and seek joint collaboration with indigenous peoples and their organizations.

Some of the most relevant international platforms we participated in 2017 were: the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the United Nations Annual Meeting of the Inter-Agency Support Group (IASG) on Indigenous Issues and the Committee on World Food Security 44, which hosted a time a side-event on the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples for sustainable forest management. 

Capacity building programmes

Capacity building was one of the major topics identified by FAO and indigenous peoples’ representatives in their joint meeting held on February 2015, with particular attention to trainings specifically targeted to the challenges faced by indigenous women. 

Since then, we have developed two capacity-building programmes: