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​What you want to cherish


Welcome to the Slow Food Indigenous Peoples Network of Asia and the Pacific.
Thank you for your interest in our activities.

This online platform was launched from the "Empowering Indigenous Peoples of Asia and the Pacific Rim through Food" project (May-September 2021, funded by the Japan Foundation), a dialogue among indigenous peoples in Asia and the Pacific.

Although the meeting was held online due to Covid-19, it was an opportunity for the participants to get to know each other deeply through the introduction of activities and online field trips, and to share the diverse and varied cultures of indigenous peoples in various parts of Asia. In addition, by sharing their challenges and struggles, the participants were able to find hints for future initiatives and possibilities for solidarity.

I would like to start by introducing the stories of seven indigenous Asian peoples as advanced examples.

Purpose of this online platform

This platform hopes to enable indigenous peoples in the Asia Pacific to

(1) Become aware of the existence of this network and the activities and initiatives of the people who gather here.
(2) To become aware of the traditional food culture of their own communities and the importance of preserving and passing on the richness of this culture.
(3) To find hints for tasty and fun ideas to solve the problems faced by each community through "food" and to find friends to work together with.

(3) To find hints for tasty and fun ideas and friends to work together to solve the problems of each community through food.


One of the main objectives of this event is to learn about the diversity and similarity of the situations we face by learning about the situations and efforts of other countries and regions, and to let people know that none of us is alone.

To indigenous peoples living in Asia / having roots in Asia

Why don't you join our network and learn from, support, and collaborate with indigenous peoples from all over the Asia Pacific, with food as the center?
If you have any questions, such as "I would like to do something similar in my area, so I would like to hear more about it," or "I have something I would like to do, but I don't know where to start," please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help.

For those who are not indigenous but are interested

If you are not an indigenous person but would like to get involved and collaborate with indigenous peoples' activities and initiatives, we would like to express our gratitude to you and sincerely ask you to "deeply understand the situations and challenges faced by indigenous peoples", "listen to their words", and "respect their sovereignty".

We are deeply grateful for your understanding.

What is the Slow Food Indigenous Network?

Within the international Slow Food movement, there are several networks in specific fields, such as the Youth Network and the Cooks Alliance, and the Indigenous Peoples Network is one of them.
This network was formed for the purpose of uniting and cooperating with indigenous people around the world who have been participating in Slow Food since its inception as an international movement, in order to bring the voices of indigenous people who protect biodiversity to the world at large.
It is said that 80% of the world's biodiversity is protected in the 22% of the earth's surface that is inhabited by indigenous people, only 5% of the world's population.
At Slow Food, we believe that protecting biodiversity also means protecting cultural diversity. Slow Food believes that the rights of indigenous peoples to manage their own land, grow their own food, raise livestock, hunt, fish, and gather according to their own needs and decisions are fundamental to protecting their livelihoods and preserving the biodiversity of indigenous animal and plant varieties.



What is Slow Food?

Slow Food is a global grassroots movement for the betterment of our food and the systems that surround it. Slow Food is a global grassroots movement to improve our food and the systems that surround it. It began in Italy in 1989 as a response to the loss of local produce and culture, the rise of fast life and fast food, and the lack of interest in food. With the slogan "Good, Clean, Fair food for all," the organization has a number of projects that put food at the center.


Who are Indigenous Peoples?

It is said that there are more than 370 million indigenous people in 70 countries around the world.

Indigenous peoples (or indigenous peoples) are defined by the ILO (International Labour Office) as

"Indigenous peoples are considered as such because they are the descendants of peoples who, in an independent country, were living in that country or in the geographical area to which it belongs at the time of conquest or colonization, or at the time of the establishment of the present boundaries of the State, and who, regardless of their legal status, have some or all of their own social, economic, cultural and political institutions. people who retain some or all of their political institutions."


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