Official Dialogue Feedback to the United Nations 2021 Food Systems Summit
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Indigenous Peoples see the Food Systems Summit as an opportunity to contribute to the Summit goal which is to achieve inclusive and sustainable food systems. Indigenous Peoples possess ancestral knowledge about cultivation, production and processing of food and conservation of diverse crop varieties that has proven to be resilient and in tune with the nature, and it is an opportunity to integrate this knowledge with emerging technologies.
The focus of this Global Dialogue is in combining developments in scientific concepts such as space data, AI, and identifying solutions to those mandated to deliver the Summit outcome, specifically focusing on Indigenous communities.
Specifically, it is important that these scientific concepts identify solutions that can deliver wide-reaching benefits for each of the five “Action Tracks” of the Summit:
Additionally, the dialogue plans to leverage the ongoing efforts of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Summit, and thereby offering an opportunity to reconcile the resilient ancestral Indigenous Peoples knowledge with evidence based scientific knowledge.
Indigenous communities, family farmers, rural women and youth are among those invited to join this Global Dialogue to help transform global food systems.
Objectives: Contribution to the Food Systems Summit
Given the main objective of this summit to achieve inclusive and sustainable food systems, there is a need to examine and identify the challenges and barriers that currently exist related to food systems and how Indigenous Peoples can contribute solutions combined with emerging technologies that can be adapted and replicated.
Thus, the goals of this “Global Dialogue” are:
- To demonstrate that indigenous ancestral knowledge and aspects linked to Science and Technology can contribute to the achievement of the Food Systems Summit objective.
- To promote a dialogue from the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples and aspects of science and technology that can demonstrate that these two aspects can synergize and contribute to more inclusive food systems.
- To link the technical scientific aspects with the resilient ancestral knowledge of Indigenous Peoples.
- To make the regional collaborative effort using lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic, as scalable and replicable worldwide, with the aim of addressing technological inequalities among Indigenous Peoples, techno-cultural complexities and the role of emerging tools and solutions based on Earth Observation and Artificial Intelligence that have great relevance to complement Indigenous knowledge for the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
The outcome from this Global Dialogue is expected to contribute to the food summit by (a) examining the challenges, barriers, and policy issues for integrating Indigenous knowledge/experiences with emerging science and technologies, and (b) identifying workable and replicable solutions, and new development model for improving the food security for Indigenous People.