Explore the role of indigenous women


Indigenous women are the backbone of Indigenous Peoples’ communities and play a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge.

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (9 August) is an opportunity to browse through some of FAO’s publications that highlight the contribution of Indigenous women.

The Indigenous World 2022 – report by the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
The 2022 edition includes a special focus on the contribution and situation of Indigenous women and their rights around the world. The publication also highlights FAO’s engagement in the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems, as well as the White/Wiphala paper which resulted in a significant recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, and enabled the creation of the Coalition on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems.

Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems: Insights on sustainability and resilience from the front line of climate change
This publication, co-published by FAO and the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, includes a compilation of eight Indigenous Peoples food systems' profiles carried out across the world. Attention is given to their climate resilience and sustainability elements, portraying Indigenous Peoples’ food systems contributions to the global debate on sustainable food systems.

Indigenous women, daughters of Mother Earth
This document presents some of the main challenges that indigenous women face and provide recommendations to eliminate the barriers that prevent Indigenous women from achieving their full potential and their ability to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Indigenous youth as agents of change: Actions of Indigenous youth in local food systems during times of adversity
This publication highlights six initiatives from Indigenous youth in regions around the world who are leading innovative solutions and collaborations in the face of adversity brought about by climate change and exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Forest governance by Indigenous and Tribal Peoples: An opportunity for climate action in Latin America and the Caribbean
This report proposes a set of investments and policies to reactivate the economies of Indigenous and tribal territories, while ensuring collective territorial rights, expanding compensation for environmental services and revitalizing Indigenous Peoples’ culture and traditional knowledge. This publication is also available in a device-friendly format.

White/ Whipala Paper: Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems
As requested by Indigenous Peoples, the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems led the drafting of the White/ Whipala Paper: Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems – a technical document, submitted to the Scientific Group of the UN Food Systems Summit and approved as a technical document to inform the UN Food Systems Summit. This paper incorporates inputs from more than 50 Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and presents the characterization of Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems.


Further reading

Other forthcoming titles

  • Book on Matrifocal societies (FAO-IWGIA)
  • Wiphala paper on Collective rights

Additional resources