Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty
Lead Organization: Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty
Partner Organizations: Pgakenyaw Association for Sustainable Development in Thailand and North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society in India.
Location(s): Northeast India, Thailand
Award: $110,000 over 12 months
The Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty (TIP) works with indigenous organizations to revitalize locally controlled, biodiverse- rich food systems. TIP seeks to facilitate indigenous communities’ leadership role in agrobiodiversity dialogues around the globe. TIP’s strategy for connecting people and expanding its networks has been principally through Food Festivals. These have been held in Mongolia, Northern Thailand, North East India and Northern Kenya. In 2015 TIP organized Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM ) with the Slow Food Terra Madre movement - its biggest collaboration with global and local partners. Since ITM, in Southeast Asia, there has been an increase in agroecological practices like improved soil health, participatory organic certification and initiatives that link nutrition with women’s empowerment. Next steps include setting up an Indigenous Food Communities Alliance in Southeast Asia, based on agroecology principles, and coordinating research, training, marketing and social activism including strategies for public policies to support sustainable food systems.