Our learning platform brings together resources about indigenous food systems. All materials are categorised into six interrelated themes. Under each theme you will find Publications and guidelines (guidelines, manuals and case studies) and Talks and videos (expert talks, documentaries and videos). ​

Join our intercultural approach that seeks to bridge indigenous and scientific knowledge systems for mutual learning and actions. 
 

LEARNING PLATFORM

INDIGENOUS FOOD SYSTEMS

include all of the land, air, water, soil and culturally important plant, animal and fungi species that have sustained Indigenous Peoples over thousands of years.

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Meghalaya October 2015 © andré j fantho
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Meghalaya October 2015 © andré j fantho
Meghalaya October 2015 © andré j fantho
Meghalaya October 2015 © andré j fantho
 

AGROBIODIVERSITY AND AGROECOLOGY

TALK AND VIDEOS

Seeds of Sovereignty
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Seeds of Sovereignty

As the world's agriculture and food systems face a crisis of disappearing seed diversity, a new short film tells the story of how African farming communities and organisations are reviving traditional seed diversity across the continent, and resisting mounting corporate pressure to use industrialised seed and farming methods. This film is the follow up to our landmark 2012 film Seeds of Freedom, narrated by Jeremy Irons. Find out more and watch more films at seedsoffreedom.info More about Seeds of Sovereignty: Seeds of Sovereignty shows that farmers around the world have saved and bred an unimaginable wealth of seed diversity to meet many different challenges, but as corporate seed and chemicals replace farmers' own ingenuity, this diversity is steadily disappearing. Reviving farmers' in-depth knowledge of how to save and adapt seed is critical, and the film is aimed to encourage others to do so by setting out the key stages in this process. Through interviews and stunning cinematography from across the continent, the 35-minute film unpacks an approach aligned to the principles of the growing global food sovereignty movement and provides a guide for anyone looking to revive traditional, diversity rich, seed and farming systems around the world. Seeds of Sovereignty is the follow-up to the 2012 film Seeds of Freedom, narrated by British actor Jeremy Irons. Seeds of Freedom challenged the global corporate agenda to control and monopolise the food and farming sector, most particularly through genetically modified seed. It has achieved global success and is used by anti-GM campaigners across the globe. Films produced by The Gaia Foundation, the African Biodiversity Network, MELCA Ethiopia and GRAIN

PUBLICATIONS AND GUIDELINES

ASSESING AGROBIODIVERSITY: A compendium of methods

Guidelines for collecting information about the diversity of crops, livestock, pollinators and harvested wild plants.

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ON-FARM MANAGEMENT OF AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY

Good practices for participatory agrobiodiversity research and conservation with examples from Nepal. 

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AGROECOLOGICAL AND OTHER INNOVATIVE APPROACHES

Potential contributions of agroecological to formulating transitions towards sustainable food systems.

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AGROECOLOGY: KEY CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

Key learning points from  training courses on agroecology. 

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TOWARDS FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: 
Reclaiming Autonomous Food Systems

Reclaiming such spaces for autonomy and well-being.

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CROP GENETIC DIVERSITY TO REDUCE PESTS AND DISEASE ON-FARM

Participatory diagnosis guidelines. 

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HOW TO DEVELOP AND MANAGE YOUR OWN COMMUNITY SEED BANK: Farmers’ handbook. 
Establishing a community seed bank: Booklet 1 of 3

A series of booklets designed for those interested in establishing, supporting, and managing a community seed bank. 

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THE 10 ELEMENTS OF AGROECOLOGY 
Guiding the transition to sustainable food and agricultural systems

Agroecological innovations are based on the co-creation of knowledge combining science with traditional, practical and local knowledge of producers.

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THE POLITICS OF KNOWLEDGE: 
Understanding the Evidence for Agroecology, Regenerative Approaches and Indigenous Foodways 

This compendium gathers the knowledge and evidence fundamental to shifting mindsets and the basis for action.

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FOOD, NUTRITION AND HEALTH

TALK AND VIDEOS