Chumbi is the name for a traditional fabric made by indigenous peoples in Ecuador, representing a variety of symbols that communicate and transmit knowledge, science and histories from generation to generation. The Chumbi is worn as a belt, around the middle of the trunk, and is said to enhance vital energy. This icon of Ecuador’s …
Indigenous Terra Madre
“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.
Following the International Council meeting in Kenya, the Slow Food Indigenous Terra Madre network held a meeting and workshop to analyze the challenges facing indigenous communities in Kenya, and to discuss possible solutions and strategies for encouraging and empowering indigenous youth to defend and promote their food heritage.
With village-grown roots, fruits and vegetables, Leo Nainoka is fighting against the fast food and industrial products invading Fiji. The activist and Slow Food coordinator in the Fiji islands is encouraging the creation of rural food gardens and teaching villagers the importance of eating local fruits and vegetables.
Slow Food and the Indigenous Terra Madre networks are deeply concerned for the security and liberty of several Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights Defenders in the Philippines following a petition filed in court and made public last week by the government seeking to declare them as “terrorists and outlaws”. Slow Food President and Founder, Carlo Petrini …
Longer dry seasons and unpredictable rainfall are having a serious impact on the farming communities in the Caatinga biome, in north-eastern Brazil.
Against this background, IFAD has focused on reducing rural poverty. Part of that work is to develop the production of indigenous crops. IFAD is working with its local partner the Government of Bahia, Slow Flood Brazil, local farmers’ organizations and technical assistance providers.
In this article we will take you to Northern Thailand to explore an ancestral practice called rotational farming. Last November we held a workshop that sought to address the question: How can we encourage indigenous youth to maintain traditional knowledge for local food innovation based on rotational farming and agroforestry? We took the workshop participants into the forests and fields around Hin Lad Nai village and learned about the natural and cultural heritage of the landscape.
About 2.5 billion people around the globe, including 370 million indigenous people, depend on land and natural resources that are held, used, and managed collectively. This means that one third of the world’s population is vulnerable to dispossession by more powerful actors. As stated by the “Land Rights Now” campaign, indigenous peoples protect more than …
The Bisanadi National Reserve is a wildlife reserve in Isiolo County, Kenya, adjacent to the Meru National Park, home to lions, elephants, cheetahs, white rhinoceros, buffalos and over 400 species of bird. Water for the animals is provided by the Tana Rojewero rivers, though a recent drought has put great pressure on animals and people …