Terra Madre Day @ NESFAS HQ

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The NESFAS staff and a few Board Members celebrated Terra Madre Day together with an eat in on the 17th of December at the NESFAS HQ, Shillong. Continue reading

Biocultural Diversity Combats Climate Change

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From the Saami in Europe, to the Maori in New Zealand, indigenous communities are creating and maintaining rich biocultural landscapes. A biocultural landscape is a holistic system of culture and nature that has been shaped by human management over long … Continue reading

5 Must-see Festivals From the Northeast

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Mei Ram-ew (or Terra Madre, meaning mother earth) held in Meghalaya in December, gets its inspiration from the Slow Food movement and is modelled on the lines of the global Terra Madre festivals. Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Story

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In the month of November, every year, the members of the farming Community of Chizami who are strongly rooted in their belief of God, seek to give thanks to their provider by offering up the best of their produce of their land in a religious ceremony. Continue reading

NESFAS Team at the IFAD office, Rome

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On the of 30th October 2014, the NESFAS team including Phidarilin Uriah, Janak Preet Singh, Rahul Antao, Bibhudutta Sahu, Markus Rani and Wansalan Passah along with Phrang Roy, Chairman NESFAS, Sara Manetto, Programme Officer of The Indigenous Partnership, Rome, and Fashion Designer, Daniel Syiem, visited the International Fund for Agricultural Developement (IFAD) ofice with Miss Antonella Cordone, Senior Technical Specialist Indigenous Peoples And Tribal Issues, IFAD. Continue reading

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Remembering the day that broom grass took over

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Melina Syiemlieh’s experience in Nagaland brought back to her, memories of the village where she grew, a once lush and biodiverse village like Sekrezu that was fed by nutrient rich soil. In contrast, the earth now resembles powdery dirt that ceases to support any type of plant ever since the arrival of the broom. Continue reading