A man from the Sahel. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Day 8: Frame new ideas within indigenous knowledge

Experts’ ideas about how resource-poor farmers could improve productivity ought to be guided by indigenous knowledge. Low-cost, micro-innovations that make use of local resources have great potential but are often overlooked by mainstream developers of agricultural technology.

By Dr. Florence Wambugu, CEO, Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI)

Corn, Bolivia

Blog: Day 6: The Future of Agriculture is the Future of Mother Earth

Nothing is as ironic as the fact that we indigenous peoples, who brought so many foods to the world, lack the means to escape poverty and malnutrition. Having control over what we produce, how and when we do it, and power over its distribution will allow us to build sustainable livelihoods. We call that food sovereignty.

By Tarcila Rivera Zea, Director of the Centre for Peru’s Indigenous Cultures (CHIRAPAQ)

Milagros Villegas Nema, 17, reprend le maïs dans son jardin, Tambogrande au Pérou. Photo: Gilvan Barreto/Oxfam

Blog: Jour 5: Privé c. communautaire : une vision des Andes péruviennes

L’agriculture autochtone pourrait devenir un moteur pour conserver la biodiversité, promouvoir les connaissances ancestrales cruciales pour l’adaptation climatique et construire des modèles alternatifs de développement basés sur les marchés locaux. Si et seulement si les communautés sont capables de maintenir à distance les entreprises minières qui s’acapèrent toutes les ressources en eau.

Milagros Villagas Nima, 17, picks corn in her back yard, Tambogrande, Peru. Photo: Gilvan Barreto/Oxfam

Blog: Day 5: Private vs. Community: a view from the Peruvian Andes

Indigenous farming could become a motor for conserving biodiversity, promoting ancestral knowledge crucial for climate adaptation, and building alternative development models based on local markets. That is, if communities can hold the water-hogging mining companies at bay.

By Alexis Nicolás Ibáñez Blancas, Researcher at Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina 

Bertha Zapeta and Mérida Cacao. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Move your chair into the circle: Indigenous women’s political participation in Guatemala

Raising Her Voice works in 17 countries to promote the rights and ability of poor women to increase their influence and ensure their voices are heard so that those in power – from village leaders to politicians and lawmakers – become more accountable to them. Jenny Enarsson reports on a meeting of the Latin American Raising Her Voice participants.

WSF 2009: “Sumak Kawsay” and…what got lost in the translation of ‘development’!

Blog: WSF 2009: “Sumak Kawsay” and…what got lost in the translation of ‘development’!

Our first day at the World Social Forum: Belem, Estado de Pará, very hot, sunny and humid.

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