Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems

Ensure understanding, respect, recognition, inclusion and protection of Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems (IPFS) post UNFSS, providing evidence about their “game-changing and systemic” aspects.

Goal 1: Respect, recognize, protect and strengthen Indigenous Peoples´ food systems across the world

  1. Strengthen policy and regulations to ensure that Indigenous Peoples´ food systems are not harmed by intensive and transformed food systems.
  2. Work with national governments and international agencies to secure funding.
  3. Support interculturality at all levels.
  4. Support drafting of national policies, research, and programmes to protect and strengthen Indigenous Peoples´ Food Systems, including them in decision-making, with a special focus on Indigenous women, youth and elders.
  5. Support processes of inter and intra-generational transmission of knowledge and horizontal capacity building on Indigenous Peoples´ food systems.
  6. Strengthen the leadership of indigenous youth for innovative intercultural approaches, integrating indigenous peoples´ traditional knowledge, science, technology and management.
  7. Promote seed security to ensure Indigenous Peoples´ access to seeds and planting material meeting their preferences.

Goal 2: Disseminate and scale up traditional knowledge and good practices from Indigenous Peoples´ food systems with potential to transform global food systems at large

  1. Scale up Indigenous Peoples´ food systems by strengthening intercultural co-creation processes, scientific and empirical research.
  2. Increase food systems´ resilience and risk management by incorporating Indigenous Peoples´ knowledge about ecosystems.
  3. Promote Indigenous Peoples´ leadership in food systems by sharing Indigenous Peoples´ models of food management, production and processing.
  4. Provide evidence about Biocentric-Biocultural considerations in food for policy discussions.
  5. Work with other coalitions to ensure the protection of Indigenous Peoples´ food systems under the do no harm principle and promote the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other related UN Declarations.

Science based evidence to prioritize this coalition

The Scientific-Commitee included the Wiphala paper as a reference document and at the Pre-Summit recognized Indigenous Peoples´ food systems as game-changers. This coalition builds on the Wiphala Paper and other research and scientific publications:

  • FAO (2021) Indigenous Peoples’Food Systems, Insights on Sustainabilty and Resilience.
  • Settee and Shukla (2020) Indigenous Food Systems: Concepts, Cases and Conversations, Canadian Scholars an Imprint of CSP Books, inc.
  • Journal of Rural Studies (2020) Systems of Hunger: Understanding causal disaster vulnerability of indigenous food systems.
  • Dawson, et al. (2020), Ecology and Society 26, The role of Indigenous peoples and local communities in effective and equitable conservation.
  • Rosado-May et al, (2020) Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning Innovation as a Key Feature of Indigenous Ways of Learning.
  • Guy Jackson (2019) , Agriculture and Human Values, The influence of emergency food aid on the causal disaster vulnerability of Indigenous food systems.
  • FAO (2013) & (2009) Indigenous Peoples food systems & wellbeing
  • Turner et al (2013) Human Ecology 2, Blundering Intruders: Extranious Impacts on Two Indigenous Food Systems.

Mechanisms of implementation

The Coalition´s working groups, supported by the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples´ food systems, Indigenous peoples´ forums and experts mechanisms will work on:
  1. Intercultural Co-creation of knowledge and research: To establish a research agenda on Indigenous Peoples´ food and knowledge systems, support policy-making, improve national-global programmes, and to include interculturality in School meals, Schools-Universities curricula, and Scientific dialogues.
  2. Financing the Strengthening of Indigenous Food Systems and Knowledge: To collaborate with IFIs and development agencies to improve donor-coordination and funding towards the creation of an Indigenosu Peoples´ food systems Global-Fund.
  3. Coordination at Rome level: To facilitate coordination between membersstates, RBAS and Indigenous Peoples.
  4. National and Regional Dialogues: To work with countries on national and regional dialogues on strengthening Indigenosu Peoples´ food systems.
  5. Monitoring, Reporting and Accountability: To monitor post-UNFSS effortsto transform unsustainable and inequitable food systems and safeguard against harm to Indigenous Peoples.
  6. Support to other UNFSS Coalitions: To integrate Indigenous Peoples´ views on sustainability.
  7. Inclusion in other Platforms: To promote inclusion of Indigenous Peoples and the recognition of their knowledge and food systems in platforms, mechanisms and processes that affect them.

Strategic partners

The following Member States have expressed interest in the Coalition; the formal structure of this group, including membership, will be determined after the Summit: Mexico, New Zealand,Canada, Finland, Norway, Dominican Republic, Spain UNPFII, Global-Hub, FAO, WFP, IFAD Indigenous Organizations/Communities from seven socio-cultural regions at country and regional level.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Post-UNFSS activities must be guided by UNDRIP´s rights of Indigenous Peoples and monitored through disaggregated data and Indigenous Peoples´s sensitive-indicators. This Coalition will work with other coalitions, identifying measurable outcomes and indicators, such as: land and resource rights; support to Indigenous Peoples’ institutions, knowledge and food systems; partipation by Indigenous Peoples in decision and policy-making; states’ efforts to commit to nondiscriminatory international conventions and in adopting laws and policies. This coalition will oversee the election of Indigenous Peoples’ representatives to the Advisory Group to the RBAs coordination food systems hub, and will participate in the SGs Two-year Stocktake of this process and of the 2030 Agenda, contributing at national level to Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams´ reports.

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