Highlights of the event on Indigenous People's Land Governance and Food Systems

Miércoles, 5th Octubre 2016

On October 4th, the International Land Coalition, FAO and IFAD had the honour to host an event on “Indigenous People’s Land Governance and Food Systems”. 

It featured high-level panellists such as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), Mr. Alvaro Esteban Pop Ac, members of the Forum, and the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Youth Network, Ms. Dali Angel, among others. A special message was delivered by Berta Zúñiga Cáceres, daughter of the Honduran indigenous leader assassinated seven months ago, Berta Caceres, who speak out against the harrassment of Indigenous Peoples.

Part of UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues (IASG) annual meeting, the event took place at the Sheik Zayed Center at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy where representatives of Indigenous Peoples shared their knowledge and the experiences on the link between land and natural resources governance and traditional food systems.

The panel was introduced and moderated by ILC Secretariat Director Michael Taylor, who recalled data from the Land Rights Now campaign: despite using and inhabiting up to 64% of the world’s land, Indigenous Peoples and local communities – a population up to 2.5 billion – have formally recognized ownership over just 10%. 


Some social media highlights from the event:

“For Indigenous People land is survival, because Indigenous People are survivors”, Alvaro Pop, Chair of the UNPFII said criticising the mainstream concept of wellbeing and wealth as accumulation while the importance of land for indigenous people is not properly recognized.

The biggest challenge for us as #IndigenousPeoples is that the importance of #land has been forgotten #Landgivesback @1alvaropop pic.twitter.com/WJM6RHSS2u

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

Berta Caceres' daughter speaks against harassment of #IndigenousPeoples "must keep defending our lands & natural resources" #landrightsnow pic.twitter.com/mciS8Qvu7b

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

"We will defend our land and rivers, and my mothers death has only strengthened our efforts" @justiceforberta #landrightsnow pic.twitter.com/tyajdFuDnD

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea, President of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum and newly appointed member of the UNFPI, described the plural forms of violence indigenous women have to cope with: on their bodies, lives, and territories.

The Invasion of our territories is a form of violence. #IndigenousWomen do not want this violence. Tarcila Rivera @UN4Indigenous pic.twitter.com/ajLwzYXs41

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

Mr. Elifuraha Laltaika, Tanzanian indigenous pastoralist and Professor who explained the importance of mobility for sustainable management of drylands.

"Mobility of pastoralists is the best way to make use of scarce resources." Elifuraha Laltaika, #Indigenous Pastoralist #Tanzania

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

Ms. Dali Angel Perez, Chair of the Indigenous Youth Caucus who brought the experience of international summits where the voice of youths were often ignored.

.@DaliAngelPerez of #Indigenous Youth Caucus | "no moving forward without consulting the youth of local communities."

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

Mr. Phrang Roy, Coordinator of the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty, evoked memories of the Terra Madre Indigenous initiative in India last year where new ways to bring indigenous knowledge and vision of food production into modern times were discussed.

Phrang Roy bringing message from #TerraMadreIndigenous | most important issue is protecting local food systems & sovereignty over land use.

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

 "Listen and learn" Ms. Antonella Cordone, Coordinator for indigenous and tribal issues at IFAD, referring to the importance of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) and recalling when two years ago IFAD published a practical guidlines on how to implement FPIC in IFAD's funded project. 

"Listen and learn". Motto at @IFADnews when working with #IndigenousPeoples. pic.twitter.com/IJ2uRdEmCP

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

If humankind have a sustainable future on this planet we need to learn from Indigenous Peoples- @LandCoalition Mike Taylor #WeAreIndigenous

— FAOKnowledge (@FAOKnowledge) October 4, 2016

In her closing remarks, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz stressed out the importance of making the Sustainable Development Goals a really transformative agenda also in terms of respecting the Indigenous Peoples' human rights. She underlined that the “most important issue that we finally managed to include in all these global decisions is the need to respect the human rights in achieving the goals and targets of sustainable development".  

"Some development solutions can also be the destruction of #indigenouspeoples" #landrightsnow @UNSR_VickyTauli

— Land Coalition (@landcoalition) October 4, 2016

The full video recording of the event is available here