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New interest in indigenous food systems

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07.09.2021

Flyer zum Workshop „Bridging scientific and indigenous peoples' knowledge for sustainable and inclusive food systems“

As part of the Science Days of the UN Food Systems Summit in July, Katharina Löhr and Constance Rybak from ZALF hosted with the University of Pretoria and Welthungerhilfe a side event on ‘Bridging scientific and indigenous peoples’ knowledge for sustainable and inclusive food systems’.

It presented David Ludwig (WUR, NL), Hettie Schönfeld (UP, RSA), Carlos Alfredo Vacaflores (JAINA, BO), Dhanya Vijayan (ZALF, GER), Ulla Santara, (WHH, ML) and Hadijah Mbwana (SUA, TZ). The speakers addressed concepts for a joint understanding of linking indigenous and scientific knowledge, problem statements on effects if indigenous food systems are marginalized, and different case study examples from Bolivia, India, Mali and Tanzania on how indigenous knowledge and scientific approaches were interlinked.

The overall goal of the Science Days is to highlight the central importance of science, technology and innovation for the sustainable transformation of food systems in preparation for the UN Food Systems Summit in September. Frank Ewert, Scientific Director of ZALF, also participated in the Science Days as moderator of a plenary session on expanding scientific models and methods to promote the transformation.

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