Linking indigenous knowledge with transformation processes of sustainable food systems – concepts and examples
Humboldt University of Berlin
Time: Friday, 20. January 2023, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Languages: English, German, French
Indigenous populations play a key role in the conservation of global biodiversity. Their food systems are often characterised by more sustainable designs: they tend to be better adapted to the local environment in ecological terms and could thus be classified as more resilient to climate change. In spite of these benefits, long-established and context-adapted knowledge is rarely included on an equal footing in the transformation processes of food systems. An incompatibility between “modern/western” and “traditional/indigenous” knowledge is often described. There is a need to develop concepts that promote better links between indigenous and modern/western systems in order to thereby facilitate a sustainable, context-adapted transformation of food systems. Alongside conceptual approaches to linking knowledge from different systems, the planned expert panel will also present concrete practical examples. In doing so, the expert panel will build on debates that were held during a side event of the UN FSS 2021. The expert panel aims to give substance to the starting points that have been developed for linking indigenous knowledge to the sustainable transformation of food systems at all levels of action (see “Nature Communications Earth&Environment“).
Currently, she is Head of Project of an emergency project in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office and WFP in the central regions of Mali (Mopti & Segou) with the main object to ensure that long-term displaced and vulnerable rural residents have access to food, nutrition, and sustainable livelihoods through the provision of unconditional food assistance.