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The knowledge of indigenous peoples and local communities is the cornerstone of global food security and human health, and the building block for environmental security in the midst of climate change. Sustainable food systems depend on the innovative capacity and resilience of farmers, forest dwellers, pastoralists and fisherfolk and their accumulated knowledge, both historic and ongoing.

Based on experience and adaptation to local environments, human cultures have accumulated vast reservoirs of traditional knowledge – not just about plant and animal diversity, but also encompassing the complex ecological systems of which they are a part. Ultimately, conserving the world’s agricultural biodiversity depends on recognizing, rewarding and protecting the traditional knowledge systems that produce and maintain these biological riches.

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