Assisting pastoral indigenous communities to achieve food sovereignty by increasing local, diversified food access and nutrition. Empowering the people in the documentation and protection of their traditional knowledge, habitat, and genetic resources.
Our vision is a people-centered poverty-free society, based on full and equal access to food and nutrition for all, and to the resources necessary to achieve the same; control over key resources; full participation in decision-making; on implementation and monitoring; and the strengthening of sustainability and self-reliance from the grassroots to the national to the global level.
We use a ground-up approach to allow tribal members to prioritize needs and determine adaptive strategies for survival and protection of their traditional knowledge, habitat, and genetic resources. Our efforts focus on the most vulnerable; women-headed households, landless, refugees and displaced ethnic minorities.
According to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues there are about 370 million indigenous people in some 90 countries worldwide. Climate change and globalization negatively impacts indigenous people whose traditional methods of procuring food depends solely on the natural resources in their territories. Many indigenous cultures are on the cusp of extinction.
The cultural knowledge of indigenous people in regards to agricultural/farming practices, traditional medicines, sustainable resource management, and biodiversity conservation can provide us with models for responsible resource stewardship. This information is especially relevant in terms of genetic resources and is thus subject to bioprospecting and biopiracy. By documenting this knowledge through an open-source database we seek to prevent the misappropriation of intellectual property rights, and instead foster benefit-sharing arrangements.
By conserving the customs and habitat of indigenous people, we concurrently reduce emissions from deforestation and ecosystem degradation. Furthermore, cultural survival is a basic human right.
Current and Future Goals
Assist indigenous communities in attaining food security by implementing permaculture design to the harvesting of rainwater; growing, storing and drying diverse foods; and creation of community seed and food banks.
Collaborate with indigenous communities in the collection, characterization, and documentation of genetic resources and traditional knowledge. By documenting this knowledge through an open-source database we seek to prevent the misappropriation of intellectual property rights, and instead foster benefit-sharing arrangements.
Establish participatory plant breeding programs that incorporate wild-type varieties and local Traditional Knowledge
Goals of Website
Create a sense of awareness of who the world’s last remaining intact indigenous communities are and inspire the realization that we must protect them.
Educate society about the importance of biological diversity- how it acts as a limitless reservoir for new food sources, medicines, and other biogenetic products and its critical role in sustaining rural/indigenous communities.
Engage and empower indigenous communities to document and protect their traditional knowledge and the bio/genetic resources within their traditional territories.
Facilitate dialogue about how Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) are extended to Genetic Resources, and explore the role of IP in protecting the rights of Indigenous people particularly in terms of plant medicines, foods, and plant breed/varieties.
Maintain a “living map“ of the worlds intact tribes.
Provide access to a user-created botanical and traditional knowledge database that allows participants to document medicinal/edible plants and relevant indigenous traditional knowledge.