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Fourth Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD
12 - 13 February 2019

Since its launch in 2011, the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD has been a privileged platform where indigenous peoples’ representatives have expressed clear concerns, requests and recommendations to improve the modalities of partnerships they develop with IFAD and therefore the effectiveness of IFAD-funded projects.

The fourth global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD, scheduled to take place at IFAD Headquarters in Rome on 12 and 13 February 2019, focused on Promoting indigenous peoples’ knowledge and innovations for climate resilience and sustainable development



Workshop establishing the Indigenous Peoples' Forum

February 2011 - EVENT
Indigenous peoples have repeatedly asked for a more systematic dialogue with United Nations agencies. In response to this request, IFAD has taken a series

Inauguration of the Indigenous Peoples Place

February 2017 - EVENT
During the third global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD in February 2017 the President of IFAD Kanayo F. Nwanze inaugurated a room dedicated to indigenous peoples.­

First global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD

February 2013 - EVENT
The first global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD was held in Rome on 11-12 February 2013, in conjunction with IFAD's Governing Council. The meeting was the culmination of two years of planning by indigenous peoples and their organizations.

Second global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD

February 2015 - EVENT
The second global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at IFAD wrapped up this afternoon after two days of deliberations on a range of issues, with a focus on traditional food systems and sustainable development.

Third Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples´ Forum at IFAD

February 2017 - EVENT
The Indigenous Peoples’ Forum at IFAD is a concrete way for IFAD to institutionalize consultation and dialogue with representatives of indigenous peoples’ institutions.

Forum leaders call on governments to recognize the contributions of indigenous peoples in the fight against climate change

February 2019 - NEWS
Leaders attending the 4th Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum, held at the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD's) headquarters, called on governments to recognise indigenous peoples’ contributions in the fight to reduce the impacts of climate change and encourage sustainable development around the world.

Harnessing indigenous peoples' knowledge for a food-secure future in the face of climate change

February 2019 - NEWS
The fourth global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) promotes indigenous peoples' knowledge and innovations for climate resilience and sustainable development.

New IFAD grant supports efforts to help indigenous peoples find their own development path

December 2017 - NEWS

The Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has recently approved a US$3 million grant in support of indigenous peoples' communities in developing countries for the period 2017-2020.

Development should consider indigenous cultures and their relationship to the earth, says Pope Francis in meeting with delegation from IFAD

February 2017 - NEWS
In a private meeting with indigenous peoples’ representatives, Pope Francis stressed the need to  reconcile development, both social and cultural, with the protection of indigenous peoples and their territories, "especially when planning economic activities that may interfere with their cultures and their ancestral relationship to the earth," he said.

Anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

September 2018 - STORY
There are more than 370 million self-identified indigenous people in some 70 countries around the world. Worldwide, they account for 5 per cent of the population, but represent 15 per cent of those living in poverty.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 2018 - STORY
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on 9 August. This year’s theme is indigenous peoples’ migration and movement. It is a special day to unite our voices and walk together towards social and environmental justice.

Empowering Afro-descendant communities in Latin America

June 2018 - STORY

Afro-descendants are among the most vulnerable populations in Latin America, facing the region’s worst rates of inequality, violence and rural poverty. A recent IFAD-supported grant worked to challenge these trends, empowering Afro-descendants to exercise their rights, increase their incomes and achieve greater social inclusion.

Promoting the rights perspective for indigenous peoples

February 2019 - BLOG
Over the years international support for indigenous peoples has grown, also sanctioned by international declarations. 

IFAD Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples

November 2009 - CORPORATE
This Policy on Engagement with Indigenous Peoples aims to enhance IFAD’s development effectiveness in its engagement with indigenous peoples’ communities in rural areas. It sets out the principles of engagement IFAD will adhere to in its work with indigenous peoples, and the instruments, procedures and resources IFAD will deploy to implement them.

Indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and natural resources

July 2018

Efforts to expand and strengthen indigenous peoples’ rights over their lands, territories and natural resources have become crucial to achieving the objectives of poverty reduction, more secure livelihoods, environmental sustainability and the preservation of indigenous cultural value systems. With this aim, over the past decades IFAD has worked together with indigenous peoples and their representing institutions to create enabling environments to secure their access to collective rights over ancestral territories, improve the sustainable management of indigenous lands, regulate the community use of natural resources and reduce conflicts over lands and resources.


Indigenous Peoples Glossary (English, French, Spanish)

April 2018
This publication presents IFAD’s first glossary of terms related to indigenous peoples. It has been developed jointly by specialized staff in the Office of the
Secretary (Language Services) and the Indigenous Peoples Desk in the Policy and Technical Advisory Division. The purpose of the glossary is to ensure
consistency and accuracy of terminology in English, French and Spanish, and standardize the terminology used in relation to indigenous peoples in official
documentation and publications, and in all aspects of meeting preparations. It is intended for use by IFAD staff, indigenous peoples' organizations and other
interested parties. Terms and definitions are accompanied by details of the source document and its date of publication.

Ifad and Slow Food

June 2016
IFAD and Slow Food share a vision of supporting small-scale, diversified production and consumption mechanisms that focus on improving the marketing of local products. Such mechanisms reflect principles of quality, biodiversity and environmental conservation. They also guarantee the fair pricing of agricultural products that adequately compensates the work of smallholder families.

A decade of IFAD’s engagement with indigenous peoples

April 2017

Over the past ten years, formal recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples has significantly advanced, beginning with the adoption in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). With more than 30 years of experience working with indigenous peoples, IFAD empowers communities to participate fully in determining strategies for their development and to pursue their own goals and visions. Over the last decade, IFAD has taken steps to support indigenous peoples’ control of their own development efforts.

This publication touches on the evolution of IFAD’s engagement with indigenous peoples through the voices and perspectives of the people who worked together in this process of change. In line with the approach of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind, the IFAD Strategic Framework 2016-2025 reaffirms IFAD’s commitment to indigenous peoples’ self-driven development. The quotes and pictures contained here were gathered during the third global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ Forum, at IFAD from 10 to 13 February 2017.

The Traditional Knowledge Advantage: Indigenous peoples’ knowledge in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies

April 2016
Higher temperatures, wildlife extinction, rising sea levels, droughts, floods, heat-related diseases and economic losses are among the consequences of climate change. Climate change disproportionally affects the poorest and most marginalized communities living in vulnerable regions, among them indigenous peoples, whose livelihoods depend on natural resources. 

How to do Note: Seeking Free, Prior and Informed Consent

September 2015
Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) is an operational principle empowering local communities to give or withhold their consent to proposed investment and development programmes that may affect their rights, access to lands, territories and resources, and livelihoods. FPIC is solicited through consultations in good faith with the representative institutions endorsed by communities. It ensures that they participate in decision- making processes concerning a given development project.