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Monday, 8 March 2021

Side event:

 3 - 3:30pm Manila time | Wild food voices and stories

Listen to wild food voices and stories and watch on-demand films about forests and food in different parts of Asia! 

Forests are where the wild foods are. Go into the wild through your screen and see for yourself the landscapes where wild foods in Asia can be found. Meet the people who are knowledgeable in traditional food systems. Listen to guardians of forests and learn from their wisdom, especially how they are safeguarding our environment for generations to come. Be inspired by community-led action on social forestry and sustainable livelihoods. Find out how the pandemic is affecting life ways of forest-dependent peoples. Take time to listen to wild voices and stories in this online film festival and resource gallery on forests and food.


Wild food voices and stories will be available on-demand, hosted in the forum’s platform starting March 8, 2021.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

1st Main session:

3 - 5pm Manila time | Opening session: An outlook on wild foods and inclusive food systems in Asia towards 2030

In the opening session, we will hear the voices of experts from different sectors on the importance of wild foods and the roles that indigenous peoples and local communities play in ensuring food security for all. Keynote presentations featuring voices from communities, research and the academe, policy actors and donors will be shared. 


Lightning talks featuring members of the SIANI Expert Group on Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihoods Network will highlight important insights and realizations on being part of an initiative working on the links between wild foods, biodiversity and community-based livelihoods.


  • Welcome and introductions, Femy Pinto, Executive Director of NTFP-EP Asia and WFBL Expert Group Lead 

  • Keynote messages/presentations

    • Esse Nilsson, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Development and Food Security, Swedish International Development Agency (Sida)

    • Teodoro Brawner Baguilat Jr., ICCA Consortium President

    • Maria Teresa Guia-Padilla, NTFP-EP Asia Chair and EG member

  • Lightning talks: Expert group perspectives and insights, WFBL Expert Group members and dialogue partners

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Side event:

10:30 -11:30am Manila time | What’s cooking? Discovering Wild Tastes in Asia

Attend this session if you are curious about wild food recipes! On the menu for this session are food stories and cooking demos using natural ingredients from nature’s bounty. Learn how communities prepare and cook wild food, and how chefs living in urban areas are connecting with local producers and highlighting natural, organic ingredients in the dishes they serve. Find out more about community-led and local action on revitalization of wild foods.

Traditional wild food recipes are “tales as old as time”, passed on from generation to generation and forming part of the culture and identity of peoples. Knowledge on these wild tastes encompasses harvest, preparation, conservation and management and has been around since time immemorial. In this session, we will have demonstrations of community-style wild foods cooking as well as fusion cooking with wild food ingredients. Join this event and be inspired by community-led initiatives on revitalization of wild food species.


  • Welcome and introductions

  • Cooking demonstrations and presentations

    • Mrs. Lily Tristiningsih and Nadia Miranti, Slow food Yogyakarta/ Omah Garengpoeng Culinary School, Borobudur Village, Central Java (Indonesia)

    • Charles Toto, Papua Jungle Chef (Indonesia)

    • Chef Kalel Demetrio, Agimat at Ugat Foraging Bar and Kitchen (Philippines)

    • Mr. Songphonsak Ratanawilailak (Mulu) PASD (Thailand)

2nd Main session:

3 - 5pm Manila time | The state of wild foods in South and Southeast Asia

Part of the work carried out by the WFBL Expert Group is the production of research papers and case studies on the situation of wild foods in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Country paper leads will be presenting their findings on wild food challenges and concerns, best practices and recommendations towards better and more inclusive food systems in Asia. Updates from other countries in the region will also be shared. Presentations will be followed by comments from a panel of invited reactors from the different countries, along with an interactive plenary discussion and Q&A.


  • Introductions and background

  • Country paper and case study presentations:

    • Wild Foods: Practices and Policies on Food Security and Resource Management in India, Madhu Ramnath, Country Coordinator of NTFP-EP India

    • Role of Wild Foods for the Food Security of Kreung’s Indigenous people, Chuy village, Ta Veng Leu commune, Ratanakiri province, Ratanakiri province, Sim Bunthoeun, NTFP-EP Cambodia

    • Vietnamese Paper on Wild Food: Practices and Policies on Food Security and Resources, Dr. Luu Hong Truong, Director at the Southern Institute of Ecology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

    • Food Uniformity and its Implication towards National Food Security, Jusupta Tarigan, Executive Director of NTFP-EP Indonesia/ Ahmad Arif/ Ayip Abdullah

    • The State of Wild Foods in the Philippines, Giovanni Reyes, President of BUKLURAN Philippine ICCA Consortium and Datu Benny Cumatang, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR), Agtulawon Mintapod Higaunon Cumadon (AGMIHICU)

    • The State of Wild Foods in the Philippines, Giovanni Reyes, President of BUKLURAN Philippine ICCA Consortium

  • Panel reactions and interactive discussion/Q&A

  • Updates from other countries in the region from partners

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Side event:

10:30 - 11:30am Manila time | Conversations with women and youth food heroes

An exclusive session with indigenous women and youth in Asia on food security and current realities

It takes a village to ensure food security and women and youth are at the forefront, leading the way. In this exclusive session, we will have candid conversations with women and girls about their experiences in foraging food from the wild and cultivating food through traditional ways. We will learn from local food heroes themselves about gender roles in food collection and preparation and ask if these roles and practices have changed over time, and in what ways. In this open space for women and girls, we will delve deep into the current realities of food security in their local contexts and ask them what their hopes and dreams are towards a more food secure future.


  • Opening and introductions, Grant Barraquias, NTFP-EP Asia

  • Keynote presentations:

    • Sefa Tauli, Global Youth Biodiversity Network Steering Committee member and ICCA Consortium Youth Group co-chair

    • Coleen Sumonda, Higaonon youth, SAIA-HTC, Bukidnon (Philippines) 

    • Irene Mositol, partner of PACOS Trust (Malaysia)

    • Pramasty Ayu Koes Dinar, AKAR Foundation; GAGGA partner (Indonesia)

    • Youth partner of NTFP-EP Indonesia (TBC)

  • Open Forum, moderated by Tes Matibag, NTFP-EP Asia and Merry Tobing, NTFP-EP Indonesia

  • Synthesis and Closing, NTFP-EP Asia

3rd Main session:

3 - 5pm Manila time | Regional dialogue on wild foods, biodiversity and livelihoods: Enabling and enriching policy and practice

Linking wild foods, biodiversity and livelihoods is not possible without cooperation and collaboration among stakeholders. In this regional dialogue on policy and practice, presentations and messages from local communities as well as national and regional actors will be lined up, followed by a roundtable discussion on an agenda for policy and action for wild foods in Asia. Discussions will revolve around reflections on the regional situation of wild foods across the region and areas for synergy towards an enabling environment that would support the transformation of our food systems into a more sustainable and inclusive one.


  • Welcome to Participants and Overview of the Session 

    • Moderator – NTFP-EP​

  • Opening Remarks and Keynotes

    • Dr. Ramon Razal, NTFP-EP Asia, University of the Philippines

    • Dr. Madeleine Fogde, SIANI

    • Giovanni Reyes, Philippines ICCA Consortium

  • Regional outlook about Inclusive Food Systems in Asia – with a perspective about Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihood  - what have we learned and our collective recommendations

    • Madhu Ramnath, NTFP-EP India

  • Feature Presentation on Indigenous led education and action: 

    • food festivals, mobile field school and initiatives on cultural revival, and strengthening identity and agency

    • Q & A and Reactions from EG/DP, other Speakers and Participants

      • Jenne de Beer, Conchita Calzado, Melvin Guillena (tbc)

  • Dialogue 1:

    • Interventions on tenure security and IPLC rights, biodiversity protection, and food security and nutrition – relevance to WFBL

    • Q & A and Reactions – with EG/DP and Participants

      • Nonette Royo, The Tenure Facility

      • Dir. Theresa Mundita Lim, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

      • Dr. Mulia Nurhasan, CIFOR

      • Moderator – Crissy Guerrero, NTFP-EP

  • Dialogue 2:

    • Enabling Environment for Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihood in Asia through cross-sectoral and integration frameworks and policy

    • Q & A and Reactions from EG/DP

      • Dr. Dian Sukmajaya, ASEAN Secretariat/Food, Agriculture & Forestry Division

      • AMS representative Thailand (tbc))

      • Mr. Abdelkarim Sma, IFAD Asia-Pacific

      • Moderator – Femy Pinto, NTFP-EP

  • Synthesis and Closing, EG/WFBL Network

    • EG / WFBL Network

Friday, 12 March 2021

Side event:

 3 - 5:00 pm Manila time | Slow and sustainable: the future of food

A pioneering partnership with Slow Food networks in Indonesia, the Philippines and India with wild foods in the spotlight.

Learn what Slow Food is and what the Slow Food and NTFP -EP networks in Asia are all about. This session connects slow food advocates and food artisans to learn from each other’s experiences in safeguarding, raising awareness and promoting wild foods from smallholder farmers and gatherers, indigenous peoples and local communities especially in this new normal. This session features presentations, videos, interviews about the work of the Slow Food network and partners in Asia, highlighting wild foods and their links to culture and biodiversity in urban and rural settings in at least 3 countries in Asia. Discover best practices and lessons towards a more sustainable way of producing, marketing and consuming good clean and fair food.


  • Welcome Remarks, Femy Pinto, NTFP-EP Asia

  • Opening remarks, Dai Kitabayashi, Member of the Slow Food Indigenous Advisory Board

  • Session introduction, Crissy Guerrero, NTFP-EP Asia

  • Presentations from the Philippines


    • Negros – Batuan (SF initiative - Ark of Taste) – video and short commentary on other Wild Foods in Negros, Ramon “Chinchin” Uy, Jr.   - Slow Food Community of Negros Island 

    • Palawan and other parts of the Philippines – Fruits, spices and others (NTFP-EP initiatives), John Vincent “Toto” Colili, Brooke’s Point, Palawan

  • Presentations from Indonesia

    • Wild foods of the Krayan highlands (Kalimantan): fruits, spices, edible flowers – video and presentation, Slow Food community Krayan

    • PARARA Indonesian Ethical Store as an example of how wild foods are being used in new recipes Short video and slide show, Theophila “Tami” Aris Praptami - PARARA Indonesia Ethical Store / Slow Food Community PARARA Harvest of the Archipelago 

  • Presentation from India

    • Examples of Wild Foods by a Slow Food Convivium Nilgiris in Southern India, Pavitra Vasudevan, Keystone Foundation

  • Open Forum and sharing of inputs, moderated by Jusupta Tarigan, NTFP-EP Indonesia

  • Synthesis /Recommendations and closing for future networking among NTFP-EP/SF communities in Asia and Closing, Diana San Jose, NTFP-EP Asia

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