The United Nations is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Declaration is an international human rights instrument, recognizing a range of fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples and affirming their right to follow their traditional ways of growing food. Over the centuries, indigenous peoples have provided a series of ecological and cultural services to humankind; preserving traditional farming knowledge and practices that maintain biodiversity, enhance food security, and protect the world’s natural resources.
To recognize the many contributions of indigenous peoples, Food Tank is spotlighting five indigenous farming practices that are enhancing food security: agroforestry, crop rotations, mixed/inter-cropping, polyculture, and water harvesting.
The preservation and continued evolving use of this knowledge is embedded in recognizing indigenous peoples’ fundamental right to follow their own traditional ways of growing food. Food Tank welcomes feedback and suggestions to help grow this list of traditional farming practices.