Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) is a network of indigenous communities, partners and organizations. It was born out of the wider Terra Madre network to bring indigenous peoples’ voices to the forefront of the debate on food and culture, to institutionalize indigenous peoples’ participation in the Slow Food movement and its projects as well as to develop both regional and global networks.
ITM shares the Slow Food and Terra Madre philosophy of good, clean and fair food as a human right, and consequently accepts that we have a responsibility to protect the heritage, tradition and culture that makes this possible.
As was stated in the Shillong Declaration, ITM encourages communities, including youth, to increase their consumption of local foods, both cultivated and collected, to keep people healthy and nutritionally secure, and encourages chefs to use native plants and animal breeds to prepare gourmet meals, thereby educating consumers.
ITM advocates for the continued custody by indigenous peoples of their native lands, so that they may maintain them and the great variety of seeds, animal breeds, fish, bees and other living organisms they host.
At present, ITM involves thousands of individuals in over 370 communities in 86 countries around the world. More than 700 indigenous products are already on the Ark of Taste and over 50 Slow Food Presidia are run by indigenous communities. Several indigenous chefs are also active in the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance.
A group of indigenous leaders representing all geographic areas of the globe is currently working with Slow Food and its partners to create an indigenous-led governance structure.
Focal Point: Francisco Prieto