Indigenous Peoples food systems

Wednesday, 26th July, 14:30-16:00



The 2021 UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS21) provided an historic opportunity for humanity to transform the current unsustainable way we eat to a more sustainable one. At a result of the UNFSS21, 32 global Coalitions emerged and committed to the sustainable transformation of food systems, including the first-ever Coalition on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems. During the UNFSS21, several actors recognised the game-changing nature of Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems, including the Scientific Group of the UNFSS21 and the UN Deputy Director. The Coalition on Indigenous Peoples´ Food Systems was established to enable Indigenous Peoples to work with FAO Members, the United Nations, the private sector, bilateral and multilateral development institutions, and all other actors to build healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems. Our Coalition works to ensure that Indigenous Peoples are engaged as partners in the post UNFSS21 process and that the work of food systems transformation will be carried out in a way that recognises and respects their rights to self-determination and collective ownership of lands, territories, resources and knowledge.


Two years after the UNFSS21, the Secretary-General is convening a global Stocktaking Moment (STM) meeting in 24-26 July 2023 at FAO HQ, to review progress of actions undertaken so far by the Coalitions. It has been two years since the emergence of our coalition and year after the official launching at the Boaššu FoodLab, an Indigenous territory co-hosted by the Sámi people in Norway (Association of World Reindeer Herders) and FAO during the World Food Forum in October 2022. It is time to share what we have been doing and what can we offer to a world affected by multiple crises.

The session will focus on the following objectives:

  • Present the Coalition on Indigenous Peoples´ Food Systems and the progress it has made in line with the objectives of the United Nations Food Systems Summit.
  • Present key Indigenous Peoples’ game-changing practices and lessons that can be scaled up to transform our current unsustainable food systems in an era of climate change, biodiversity loss and conflict.  
  • Explore a way forward with governments and key actors to build sustainable food systems and up-taking learned lesson from Indigenous Peoples´ food systems. 

The Coalition on Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems is a unique policy and implementation mechanism led by Indigenous Peoples and that brings together the UNPFII through its Chair, Indigenous leaders from the seven socio-cultural regions, seven FAO Members, and UN Agencies to advance on the respect, preservation and promotion of Indigenous Peoples’ food and knowledge systems worldwide. FAO has been a key ally and now it hosts our secretariat.   

The Special Event is an opportunity to learn from our work and explore potential synergies to achieve the goals of our Coalition and the UNFSS21. We will present some of the key actions we have defined as part of our current and organic working plan in some thematic areas such as School Meals programmes, Indigenous Peoples’ biocentric restoration, Certification and labelling schemes for Indigenous Peoples’ foods, resilience and adaptation strategies, water security, healthy diets and a healthy planet, while ensuring collective rights and making space for collective work by co-creating knowledge and strategies with Indigenous Peoples’ supporters.



Atama Katama
Mr. Atama Katama

Member of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus

Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa
Mr. Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa

Head of Indigenous Peoples Unit, FAO

Vital Bambanze
Mr. Vital Bambanze

Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Alejandra Pero
Ms. Alejandra Pero

Global Indigenous Peoples Advisor, WFP

H.E. Jhenifer Mojica
H.E. Ms. Jhenifer Mojica

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Colombia

Phrang Roy
Mr. Phrang Roy

Coordinator of the Indigenous Partnership for Agro-biodiversity and Food Sovereignty 

Tania Eulalia Martinez-Cruz
Ms. Tania Eulalia Martinez-Cruz

Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems Expert, Indigenous Peoples Unit, FAO

Rochelle Diver
Ms. Rochelle Diver

UN Environmental Treaties Coordinator, International Indian Treaty Council

H.E. Ms. Karla Mena

Directora de la Dirección Nacional de Extensión Agropecuaria del Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería de Costa Rica

Raj Humagain
Mr. Rajan Humagain

Chairperson, Himalayan Peace Foundation

Phoolman Chaudhary
Mr. Phoolman Chaudhary

Tharu people, Executive President of Asian Indigenous International Network (AIIN)

Jessica Vega
Ms. Jessica Vega

Advisor to the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus

H.E. Miguel Garcia-Winder
H.E. Mr. Miguel Garcia-Winder

Mexican ambassador to the UN agencies based in Rome