Enabling poor rural people
to overcome poverty

 

Hired as day labourers, Dzao women clear a hillside for the construction of a new road in Hoang Su Phi, VietnamIndigenous peoples: valuing, respecting and supporting diversity

Indigenous peoples have rich and ancient cultures and view their social, economic, environmental and spiritual systems as interdependent. They make valuable contributions to the world’s heritage thanks to their traditional knowledge and their understanding of ecosystem management. But indigenous peoples are also among the world’s most vulnerable, marginalized and disadvantaged groups. We must ensure that their voices are heard, their rights respected, and their well-being improved.

There are more than 370 million self-identified indigenous peoples in some 70 countries around the world. In Latin America alone there are more than 400 groups, each with a distinct language and culture. But the biggest concentration of indigenous peoples is in Asia and the Pacific – an estimated 70 per cent.

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  • Antonella Cordone
    Coordinator for Indigenous and Tribal Issues
    Policy and Technical Advisory Division
    IFAD
    Via Paolo di Dono, 44
    00142 Rome, Italy
    Tel: +39 06 54592065
    E-mail: a.cordone@ifad.org