SHILLONG, Nov 4 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma inaugurated the five-day International Indigenous Terra Madre- 2015 festival at North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) campus here on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister expressed happiness that such an event is being organised in the State Capital that would enable the local population to showcase their indigenous food, clothes and customs.
Over 600 delegates from 58 countries are participating in the festival. The festival would discuss various aspects to promote local indigenous economies as well as local culture.
There are participants from 14 African countries, 17 from Asia, eight Europe, 12 American nations and seven from Oceania. Tera Madre is a network of indigenous food communities who are involved in conservation of bio-diversity as well as promotion of indigenous culture.