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cultural indicators of indigenous peoples' food and agro-ecological systems

Produced by the International Indian Treaty Council, (of which our founder, Tui Shortland, served as alternate board member), the Christensen Fund (who also were the first donors to support Tui's first trip to work at the UN CBD COP11 in India, 2002), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FAO.





We highly recommend anyone researching indigenous food sovereignty to consider this publication. Indicators suggested in the document are as so:


Access to, security for and integrity of traditional lands, territories, natural resources, sacred sites and ceremonial areas used for traditional food production, harvesting and/or gathering and related cultural and ceremonial purposes;





Abundance, scarcity and/or treats to traditional seeds, plant foods and medicines, and food animals as well as cultural practices associated with their protection and survival;


Use and transmission of methods, knowledge, language, ceremonies, dances, prayers, oral histories, stories and songs related to traditional foods and subsistence practices, and the continued use of traditional foods in the daily diet as well as in relevant cultural/ceremonial practices;





Capacity by Indigenous Peoples for adaptability, resilience and/or restoration of traditional food use and production in response to changing conditions including migration, displacement, urbanization and environmental changes;


Ability of indigenous Peoples to exercise and implement their rights including self determination and free, prior informed consent as well as their self-government structures, to promote and defend their food sovereignty and related aspects of their development.





For the full copy of the report download here


To incorporate food sovereignty indicators and safeguards for indigenous peoples, into the work of your organisation, contact us here.









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