Briefing paper on Shifting Cultivation, Livelihood and Food Security: New and Old Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Asia
Indigenous peoples across South and Southeast Asia depend fully and partly on shifting cultivation for their livelihood and food security. 2/3 of the estimated 370 million indigenous peoples are in Asia. These peoples are also known as ethnic minorities, tribal people, hill tribes, Adivasis, Janajati and aboriginal people. Shifting cultivation or rotational/ swidden farming is more than a century old sustainable land-use practice of indigenous peoples. Shifting cultivation is probably one of the most misunderstood and thus controversial forms of land use. This is also know as rotational agriculture or swidden farming. What has been overstressed is the “ slash and burn” component, and the cultivation and fallow period are not fully acknowledge as good practices for biodiversity enhancement, food security and sustainable livelihoods for millions of indigenous peoples. Indigenous shifting cultivators are still widely neglected, criminalized and discriminated by policies and programmes of governments in most countries, and their land and resource rights are not recognized and protected......
Asia- Pacific Statement: Meeting of Civil Society Organizations with the UN President of the General Assembly
Presented by Joan Carling, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP)
The Asia region holds 60% of the world’s population, including 2/3 of the world’s indigenous peoples, who are among the poorest of the world. Asia- Pacific is also expected to fuel economic growth and remains the most vulnerable to climate disasters.Development Justice is the model promoted by more than 100 civil society networks and groups in the Asia Pacific region to deliver sustainable, just and equitable development.
Shifting Cultivation: The cultural heritage of indigenous communities and the source of livelihoods and food security for many indigenous peoples in Asia
Chiang Mai, Thailand: Indigenous peoples traditional land use systems, particularly shifting cultivation in most of the countries in Asia have long been contributing to the sustainable livelihoods; food security; sustainable natural resources management; and biodiversity conservation and enhancement. The traditional knowledge, cultural, spiritual and nutritional values attached to these livelihood systems demonstrate that they are not merely a technique of land use but their way of life. Most of the countries in Asia have adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that guarantees the rights of indigenous peoples to continue their traditional land use systems.
Press Statement: AIPP calls on Asian states to support a strong outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)
As the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) is going to take place prior to the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on September 22-23, 2014, the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) appeals to the Asian States to support a strong Outcome Document for the WCIP. The objective of the WCIP is to have an action-oriented outcome for realization of the rights of indigenous peoples at the national and international levels in line with the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Chiang Mai, Thailand - “Consolidating the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network for the defense of the rights of Indigenous Peoples”, was the theme of a recently concluded regional training of indigenous peoples human rights defenders, held from August 24-27, 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
The four-day training was organized by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, under its project supported by the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which aims to strengthen the Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Defenders Network (IPHRD Net) in Asia to be able to respond to urgent human rights issues of indigenous peoples in the region.
- Briefing paper on Shifting Cultivation, Livelihood and Food Security: New and Old Challenges for Indigenous Peoples in Asia
- Asia- Pacific Statement: Meeting of Civil Society Organizations with the UN President of the General Assembly
- Shifting Cultivation: The cultural heritage of indigenous communities and the source of livelihoods and food security for many indigenous peoples in Asia
- Press Statement: AIPP calls on Asian states to support a strong outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP)
- IPHRDs in Asia Strengthen their Solidarity and Commitment to Advance Human Rights
- The Second Regional Indigenous Adaptation Learning Highway
- Ongoing Activities