Indigenous Peoples’ food systems and COVID-19

Date: Tuesday, 7 September and Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Where: Online
Man wearing traditional clothing holds a plate with potatoes.

Farmer holds a plate of potatoes, the most precious crop in Parque de la Papa (Potato Park) in Cusco, Perú (Photo: copyright Asociación ANDES)

Indigenous Peoples shared their knowledge of resilient food systems in two events live-streamed direct from communities in Perú, Kenya, India and China in September 2021 ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit

In the run up to the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021, the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (INMIP) organised a webinar series to bring the voices and knowledge of Indigenous farmers around the world into the debate on resilient food systems.

Over two separate events live-streamed from Indigenous communities in mountainous and semi-arid regions of Perú, Kenya, India and China, Indigenous farmers, elders, women and youth shared their experiences and policy recommendations directly from their landscapes.

Also supporting INMIP and these webinars were the Agroecology Fund and Tamalpais Trust.

Resilient biocultural territories in the face of crisis: Parque de la Papa, Perú and Rabai Community, Kenya

The Parque de la Papa (Potato Park) of Perú and the Rabai community of Kenya are both model biocultural heritage territories, which protect and celebrate the long agricultural traditions and innovations of the Indigenous Peoples who call these lands home.


Alasdair Brown (, assistant coordinator, Natural Resources research group