A full week of teaching, learning, and growing came to an end on Saturday, December 7th, as we wrapped up “Shaping the Future of Food in Africa”. This was more than just an advocacy and capacity-building workshop; it was a moment of intercultural bridge-building that united delegates from seven African countries around one goal: good, clean and fair food for Africa.
Indigenous Terra Madre Network
“Indigenous communities are those that produce food in the same way as their great-great-great grandparents. They know how to live off their land, taking care of the soil, the water an the air. This is the future of food, because within 50 years we will no longer be able to eat the polluted food of industrial agriculture and we will only be able to feed ourselves if we take care of Mother Earth.”
Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe), USA
“If you look at a map of global agrobiodiversity hotspots you soon realize that they are identical with indigenous peoples’ habitats.”
It is clear that supporting indigenous communities and their traditional food systems means preserving the world’s biodiversity. The Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) network was born to bring indigenous peoples’ voices to the forefront of the debate on food and culture and to institutionalize indigenous peoples’ participation in the Slow Food movement, as an integral part of the larger Terra Madre network.
Slow Food believes that defending biodiversity also means defending cultural diversity. The rights of indigenous peoples to control their land, to grow food and breed livestock, to hunt, fish and gather according to their own needs and decisions is fundamental in order to protect their livelihoods and defend the biodiversity of native animal breeds and plant varieties.
The survival of indigenous peoples is proof of the resilience of these traditional societies, held together by their identity—their cultures, languages and traditions are linked to geographical areas and the historical links with the environment that they inhabit and depend on.
Today, indigenous peoples are fighting against land and water grabbing, cultural erosion, social discrimination and economic marginalization. The partnership between ITM communities and Slow Food confronts these issues by promoting indigenous food systems that are good, clean and fair.
Inviting people to participate in advocacy for change in the food system can seem unrealistic: how can we advocate if we don’t go out and learn from the virtuous examples that exist around us? That’s why today, the delegates of “Shaping the Future of Food in Africa” as well as the Hivos and Slow Food teams went to three different institutions based in Kenya to get a first-hand experience of the future of food in the local area.
The Future of Food in Africa will be shaped not by one but by many. One of these many is Elphas Masanga, a young Kenyan participating in Shaping the Future of Food in Africa: an advocacy workshop for future food leaders from the Indigenous Terra Madre and the Slow Food Youth Networks (SFYN), which will take place from December 3rd-7th in Nakuru, Kenya.
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The Latin American Congress of Young Farmers, to build the future of good, clean and fair food for everyone, from October 28 to 31, 2019 in Barranco, Lima, Peru. SISAY, from the Quechua word for “blooming”, is a unique gathering and learning event facilitated by the Slow Food network in Peru, for young people committed …
In early November, 26 indigenous Sateré-Mawé producers signed an agreement with the Municipality of Maués in Amazonas to supply their good, clean and fair products to indigenous municipal schools in Amazonas. The agreement will remain in place for one year and is worth approximately R$103,000 (approx. $26,000), and around 50 indigenous municipal schools in Maués, …
The event will bring together young and indigenous delegates from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa. From December 3rd–7th, delegates from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa will gather in Nakuru, Kenya, to participate in the event “Shaping the future of …
In the community of Larguero, in the Chaco Salteño, a group of indigenous beekeepers are raising the profile of a unique wild honey The indigenous Wichi people have always lived in the arid area of central Chaco, a region characterized by little rainfall for much of the year and heavy downpours in November. One of …