World’s Indigenous Leaders Firm Up Partnership with IFAD

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines, 6 March (Tebtebba Indigenous Information Service) – Indigenous peoples’ leaders and representatives from various parts worldwide have sought to strengthen and improve their partnership with a UN financial institution, which specializes in supporting agricultural programs that seek to help address hunger and poverty.

They thus called on the International Fund for Agricultural Development or IFAD, governments and fellow indigenous peoples to “firmly link the Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum with follow-up mechanisms at regional, national and project levels, for effective tripartite dialogue on the inclusion of indigenous peoples’ needs and priorities in country strategies and IFAD-funded projects.”

Under the auspices of IFAD, some 30 indigenous leaders and representatives from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America gathered in Rome 11-12 February for the first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum to discuss how to improve further indigenous peoples’ partnership with IFAD. Read more

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