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Indigenous Peoples’ Knowledge and Food Systems Session

October 17, 13:00-14:20 NOMAD Food Lab FAO Headquarters, Rome

In a world grappling with the severe consequences of land degradation, the wisdom of Indigenous peoples takes center stage. Join us as we delve into the Indigenous food systems and knowledge, exploring their unique resilience and adaptability in the face of ecological challenges.

Organized by the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and UArctic EÁLAT Institute, the session spotlights the crucial role of traditional knowledge in preserving biodiversity, health, and culture. The session is a part of the global knowledge-sharing GEF-UNEP 10545 Reindeer Herding and Resilience Project.


13:00-13:05 Welcoming remarks by Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa, Head of the FAO Indigenous Peoples Unit

13:05-13:20 Session framework by Svein Disch Mathiesen, Professor, ICR and UArctic EÁLAT Institute

13:20-13:30 Sámi Indigenous Food Knowledge by Ravdna Biret M. Eira Sara, Sámi reindeer herder, PhD student, Sámi University of Applied Sciences

13:30-13:40 Evenki Indigenous Food Knowledge by Alena Gerasimova, Evenki reindeer herder, MA, ICR and UArctic EÁLAT Institute

13:40-13:50 Nenets Indigenous Food Knowledge by Nechei Serotetto, Nenets reindeer herder, MA, UArctic EÁLAT Institute

13:50-14:00 Dukha Indigenous Food Knowledge by Khongorzul Mungunshagai, Dukha reindeer herder, BA, UArctic EÁLAT Institute

14:00-14:05 ‘Resilience in the Changing Arctic’ Book presentation by Marina Tonkopeeva, ICR and UArctic EÁLAT Institute

14:05-14:15 Open discussion

14:15-14:20 Closing remarks by Sophus Reinert, Harvard Business School

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