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Secured tenure, secured foods: Summary of the discussion about traditional food systems

The SIANI Expert Group Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihoods arranged a presentation focusing on the relationship between wild foods, tenure rights, traditional food systems and knowledge.

On July 28, 2020, the SIANI Expert Group Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihood facilitated an online dialogue on customary tenure rights, traditional food systems and knowledge. 

The discussion was led and moderated by Dr. Jeremy Ironside (New Zealand), a member of the Expert Group’s Steering Committee with a background in geography, sustainable agriculture and customary tenure rights. Other members of the Expert Group, particularly Dr. Prasert Trakansuphakon (Thailand), Miks Guia-Padilla (Philippines) and Yun Mane (Cambodia), provided input on wild foods, rotational farming systems and the important role of women and youth. 

Challenges, best practices and recommendations for strengthening these links were discussed by members and dialogue partners of the expert group, including SIANI, the NTFP-EP network, PASD Thailand, Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) in Frankfurt, the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Green Shoots Foundation, Green Community Development Association (GCDA Laos), Keystone Foundation India, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Promotion of Indigenous and Nature Together (POINT Myanmar), Chin Human Rights Organization, ICCA Consortium, as well as independent researchers and advocates.

This discussion was the second out of four online discussions about wild foods, biodiversity and livelihood arranged by the SIANI Expert Group Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihood that were held from June to September 2020. The sessions explore the topic of wild foods, including challenges, best practices and recommendations to address concerns surrounding wild foods, indigenous peoples and local communities.

Read the transcript of the discussions.


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