Seventeen Indigenous Agricultural Programs to Recognize International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

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17 Indigenous Agricultural Programs to Recognize International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples
By Alex Bezahler
Food Tank | August 8th, 2019

In honor of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Food Tank is highlighting 17 global organizations that promote indigenous food systems. Through research, education, and increased awareness, these organizations focus on encouraging indigenous culture.

These organizations are based across the world and focus on food sovereignty, indigenous nutrition, and protecting traditional agriculture. Some of them are small—operating in a single U.S. state—while others function globally. And many are focused on ways to improve policies or to better share practices.

The First Nations Development Institute recognizes one of the major indigenous food problems in the United States: “Right now only three-tenths of one percent of foundation funding goes to Native causes, while Native Americans represent over two percent of the U.S. population. This disparity is compounded by the fact that the Native population has some of the highest rates of poverty, food insecurity, diet-related illness, and the poorest educational outcomes.” That disparity is not unique to the U.S. and it makes the passing on of indigenous food traditions more important than ever for expanding indigenous food sovereignty.

  • African Biodiversity Network
  • Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
  • the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development
  • Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development
  • Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, the Christensen Fund
  • the Cultural Conservancy, Dream of Wild Health
  • the European Coordination Via Campesina
  • First Nations Development Institute
  • Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
  • the Muonde Trust
  • the Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Seeds of Native Health
  • Soils, Food and Healthy Communities
  • Traditional Native American Farmers Association
  • White Earth Land Recovery Project.

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