Established in 2012, NESFAS emerged as an outcome of the collaborative activities between the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty (The Indigenous Partnership) and Slow Food International. While Slow Food brings into play the importance of pleasure through good, clean and fair food, which goes hand in hand with our responsibility towards the environment, the Indigenous Partnership reaffirms the importance of local food systems and the age old role of Indigenous Peoples as guardians of agro biodiversity which is inextricably linked to their cultural identity and their rights towards food sovereignty and food security.
Slow Food is a non-profit member-supported grassroots association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today Slow Food has over 100,000 members joined in 1,500 local chapters – worldwide, as well as a network of 2,000 food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods.
Slow Food’s approach to agriculture, food production and gastronomy is based on a concept of food quality defined by three interconnected principles:
GOOD – a fresh, flavorsome and healthy seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture;
CLEAN – food production & consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health;
FAIR – accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.
The Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty (Indigenous Partnership) supports indigenous peoples, local communities and their representatives to celebrate, defend and revitalize their food systems and agricultural practices at local and global levels through research, participatory initiatives and associated advocacy activities. It is a network of indigenous communities and organizations committed to defining their own food and agricultural practices that sustain agrobiodiversity, assisted by scientists and policy researchers who value participatory agricultural research approaches.