This micro-documentary speaks to the members of the Zenú women’s collective, who work together on the land to grow crops for their community. Instead of using any pesticides or chemicals, they rely on their indigenous knowledge, applying traditional growing practices that prevent their crops getting damaged by pests or diseases. The collective also cares for and grows their own seeds, strengthening their identity as indigenous women and their cultural resilience.
This film is part of a series examining the critical contributions that Indigenous peoples and local communities make to protecting the world’s biodiversity, and complements the Local Biodiversity Outlooks. It is a collaboration between the Local Biodiversity Outlooks, If Not Us Then Who? and Nia Tero.
Other films in this series:
- Traditional knowledge provides resilience to a changing climate
- Nana Yala (Mother Earth)
- Froxán Commons – A community restoration project in Galicia, Spain brings native species back to their forests
- Li Kiampka (Our descendants)
- Minta Ari – Constant rain in a Dayak community in Indonesia
- How the Ogiek of Kenya are using mapping to advocate for their land rights
- A Pgaz K’Nyau community in northern Thailand supports biodiversity and their local economy by producing honey
- Tarimat Pujut: Living in Harmony with Nature in Peru