October 5, 2021
World Food Forum Session
Indigenous youth’s contribution to food systems transformation
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 15:30 - 17:00 CEST
INTERPRETATION AVAILABLE IN ARABIC, CHINESE, FRENCH, ENGLISH, RUSSIAN & SPANISH
Custodians of 80 per cent of the planet´s biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples live in varied and often fragile ecosystems. Their livelihoods depend primarily on natural resources allowing them to devise ingenious ways of managing their territories without depleting the resource base. Indigenous Peoples, even though they are amongst those who contribute the least to global warming, are at the frontline of climate change´s impacts and have developed mechanisms that can play a significant role in containing climate change´s impacts on natural resources and food security. Such knowledge has been traditionally passed on from one generation to another. Indigenous youth have important contributions to make to the world with a profound understanding of their identity, cultural heritage, livelihoods, and lands. At the same time, many Indigenous youth face immense challenges resulting from the intergenerational effects of dominant cultures. Often, Indigenous youth are confronted with the hard choice between maintaining their roots and traditions in the Indigenous community or pursuing education and employment by migrating to cities far from home.
- Mai Thin Yun Mon, Indigenous Peoples UN Food Systems Summit Champion, Myanmar
Spiritual Opening Ceremony
- Yana Tannagasheva, Representative of the Shor Indigenous People
- Aiwan Minz, Indigenous child from India
- Beth Bechdol, FAO, Deputy Director-General (TBC)
- Morten von Hanno Assland, Ambassador of Norway to the RBAs. (TBC)
What characterizes Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems?
- Tania Eulalia Martínez-Cruz, Member of the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems, Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Greenwich
- Mariah Gladstone, Founder of Indigikitchen, USA
- Justin Pioche, Indigenous chef and owner of the Pioche Food Group, USA (video message)
The way forward - presenting the “Indigenous Youth Global Declaration on Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems”. Challenges and commitments.
- Jessica Vega Ortega, Co-Chair of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus, Mexico.
- Anish Shreshta, Executive Director, Youth For Environment Education And Development Foundation (YFEED), Nepal
How can others support and safeguard Indigenous Peoples’ food systems? A dialogue
- Malachi Johnson, Member of the Gooreng Gooreng People, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
- Amoz Yator, Member of Kipkandule Code Area, Kenya.
- Ida Stromso, Former FAO Indigenous youth focal point
Closing and musical intervention
- Musical contribution, song by Ch´milkaj Nicho from Guatemala
- H.E. Miguel García Winder, Mexico Ambassador to the RBAs.
- Phrang Roy, Coordinator, The Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty & Member of the Global-Hub on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems
- Marcela Villareal, Ph.D. FAO, Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration Division