RESULTSQuestionnaire on INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ TRADITIONAL FOODS & CULTURESDistributed by the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and submitted to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Rural Development Division (SDAR)August 25, 2003Respectful greetings.From local to international levels, there is a growing understanding of how culturally important Indigenous Peoples’ traditional, subsistence foods are to the overall well being of our communities. But many outsiders still use only economicor nutritional standards (not cultural standards) when they try to help us feed our communities, or when they carry out projects that affect our communities’ food systems.The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) would like to support Indigenous Peoples’ in strengthening our communities’ food systems by giving us the chance to voice our opinions and make recommendations through this questionnaire, developed by the IITC. The questionnaire results will help guide FAO as the lead UN agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development issues. With over 180 State (government) as members, FAO is responsible for:1.raising levels of nutrition and standards of living2.improving agricultural productivity3.improving the condition of rural populationsYou are invited to answer the questionnaire by checking the appropriate answers and providing recommendations. Please feel free to share the questionnaire with other members of your community (please note that in the questionnaire, the term “community” also means village/Tribe/Nation/Peoples). We request that completed questionnaires be submitted by July 14, 2003, either by mail to IITC, 456 N. Alaska St., Palmer, AK, USA, or fax (907) 745-4484, or e-mail to [email protected]The blank questionnaires are posted in English and Spanish on IITC’s website, A summary of responses will be posted after July 14, 2003.THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT.To help us ensure a broad range of input, please answer below (for internal use):Your name and contact information___(For internal use only)________Your organization/community/village/Tribe/Nation__All 128 respondents were members of Indigenous organizations, communities, villages, Tribes or Nations (except one who works WITHIndigenous communities). Because some Questionnaires were not fully answered, the results below are from the 115 fully answered Questionnaires._____________Country/Countries__Alaska, Aotearoa-New Zealand, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, Greenland-Denmark, Guatemala, Hawai’i, India,
Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Moluccas-Indonesia, Norfolk Island-Australia, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Samoa, Sweden, the United States and West Papua.____What is your role in subsistence food production and/or “right to food” organizing work?