The Traditional Foodways Working Group


The Traditional Foodways Working Group brings together individuals and groups that work to support traditional food systems, promote social justice and food security, and conserve biological diversity. The Working Group shares experiences and lessons learned, and develops more effective strategies for local-level projects. Working Group members at present are drawn from Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, India, Mexico, The Philippines, South Africa, the UK, and USA.


Working Group activities include:

    •    Exploring the unique qualities of traditional food production and procurement strategies. 

    •    Sharing experiences and identify pressures on traditional food systems; develop a system for diagnosing problems and threats to traditional food systems. 

    •    Exchanging practical approaches to conserving and restoring traditional food consumption and production systems, and wider biodiversity conservation and restoration. 

    •    Supporting knowledge exchange across regions, including the use of video to help communities and others communicate across long distances. 

    •    Collaborating with other groups  to communicate to international audiences the extraordinary and complex nature of traditional food systems, and the impact of industrial food production and consumption on traditional foodways.

    •    Contributing to efforts that bring the diverse range of groups working on food issues together, including community and producer organizations; public health, social justice and conservation groups; food security and slow food groups; chefs and restaurants; organic and slow food producers; ethnobiologists; and businesses.