FAO: Lancio del rapporto sui sistemi alimentari delle popolazioni indigene

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems: Insights on sustainability and resilience from the frontline of climate change

Publication launch by FAO/Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT Friday 25 June, 2021 – 12:30 CET- 6:30EST

A new study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports on the status of Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, while revealing why such systems are among the most sustainable in the world.

The publication provides analyses of eight different Indigenous Peoples’ food systems in Asian, Pacific, Latin American, Arctic and African regions identifying threats affecting their food security. It warns about their future and the impacts their disappearance will have on humanity’s ability to adapt to climate change.

The publication: Indigenous Peoples’ food systems: Insights on sustainability and resilience from the frontline of climate change will be launched at a virtual event on Friday 25 June, at 12:30 Central European Time. To follow the event by Zoom link register here. The event will also be webcasted here.

Interpretation will be available in Spanish, English, and French

The high-level event will be opened by FAO Director-General QU Dongyu.  The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT will join FAO in releasing the publication.

From the Arctic to the Amazon, the Himalayas and the Sahel, the eleven Indigenous Peoples featured in the study come across as self-reliant and resilient, living sustainably and in harmony with their ecosystems, even when inhabiting harsh environments.

At the launch event the authors will describe in detail practices that help to ensure the survival of the biodiverse worlds the Indigenous Peoples protect and turn to for food, while also presenting an analysis of the growing threats confronting the communities and their sustainable ways of life.

The new report adds urgency to the findings of a growing body of research illustrating the vital role of Indigenous Peoples worldwide in addressing global crises linked to the destruction of nature, including climate change, biodiversity loss and the risk of future pandemics.

The policy recommendations included in the study for Governments, UN organizations and NGOs address the threats affecting the future of Indigenous Peoples´ food systems. This report arrives at a very timely moment in the context of the UN Food Systems Summit and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

More information here

Launch of the publication: Indigenous Peoples’ food systems: Insights on sustainability and resilience from the frontline of climate change


• QU Dongyu, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO),

• Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT.

• Anne Nuorgam, Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

• Alexandra Bugailiskis, Canadian Ambassador, Chair of the Rome Group of Friends for Indigenous Peoples.

• Delegate from the Government of the United States of America (TBC)

• Delegate from the Government of Norway (TBC)

• Phrang Roy, Director The Indigenous Partnership (TIP)

• Harriet V. Kuhnlein, Professor Emerita of Human Nutrition at McGill University & Founding Director, Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE).

• Barbara Burlinghame, Massey University, New Zealand

• Maximo Torero, FAO Chief Economist

• Beth Bechdol, FAO Deputy Director General

• Yon Fernandéz-de-Larrinoa, Chief, FAO Indigenous Peoples Unit & Co-Coordinator of the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems

• Indigenous Peoples experts speaking from the field

Friday, 25 June 2021 – 12:30 CET/6:30 EST