The lives of indigenous communities are threatened by land-grabbing which prevents them from pursuing their traditions including agricultural activities. The consequences are the disappearance of local knowledge and a dwindling food supply. Indigenous women are particularly affected, notably by the inability to maintain food security and pass on traditional knowledge of ecosystems and conservation to younger generations. This project aims to strengthen the capacity of indigenous women's groups to support the community in maintaining food security and environmental sustainability, and to improve their ability to become more involved in community economic development, using local capacities to support gender equality in society. To carry out this project, KEMITRAAN works with local partners, local governments, academics and indigenous communities in 7 provinces of Indonesia.
KEMITRAAN was founded in 2000 in Indonesia and was managed by the United Nations Development Programme until 2009. Since 2010, KEMITRAAN has assumed full fiduciary responsibility for its programs and developments. KEMITRAAN's mission of good governance will help Indonesian citizens, human rights and environmental sustainability by supporting indigenous communities in the realization of their fundamental rights, encouraging social acceptance and promoting the values of social inclusion.
“A woman who is given the same opportunity, can also empower and protect both herself and her family.” - Rambu Bombu, Field Facilitator from East Sumba.