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International Learning Exchange on: “Traditional seeds, food security and agro-ecology”

As a strategy to empower local partners organizations, promote peer to peer-capacity building and leadership strengthening, Pawanka decided to design and implement Exchange Programs among local partners organizations from the different part of the world that share common priorities.

The first experience was held in Guatemala from 03 to 10 March 2018 with the topic “Textile and embroidery”. Three organizations, supported in previous cycles, have participated: Asociación de Mujeres Emprendedoras del área Ixil No´j (ASODEMI -Guatemala), Indigenous Women’s Network of Thailand (IWNT), and Samburu Women Trust, (SWT – Kenia). To learn more please check the presentation:

Due to the good results of this first experience, Pawanka Fund decided to organize a second Exchange Program that will be held from 20 to 27 October in Cambodia on the topic “Traditional seeds, food security, and agro-ecology”. The following local partner organizations will participate: Organization For the Promotion of Kui Culture, Cambodia; Trinamul Unnayan Sangstha (TUS), Bangladesh and Indigenous Community Llaguipulli, Chile

The Exchange Program will include peer-to-peer capacity building sessions, participative and “learning by doing” exchanges, formal and informal meetings for knowledge sharing and network building, cultural and community visits, spiritual ceremonies, dialogue with elders and local authorities and discussions on challenges, innovative practices and lessons learned.


Empowerment and development of capacities through a holistic program that includes training sessions, participation and advocacy, knowledge sharing, network building, and economic empowerment.


  1. Strengthen indigenous local partner organizations through capacity building sessions and knowledge sharing on the theme: “Traditional seeds, food, and agro-ecology”.
  2. Document traditional knowledge and best practices, on revitalization and preservation processes including methodologies, spiritual practices, challenges and lessons learned.
  3. Build alliances among indigenous organizations to implement activities that promote traditional knowledge and innovative practices

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