Indigenous Research Network

The GRA Indigenous Research Network (IRN) aims to strengthen indigenous voices in global agricultural issues and to help empower traditional indigenous practices to be used in our fight against climate change.

37 Member Countries

The IRN produced this introduction video with a New Zealand Māori focus that was launched during the GRA side event in the Pacific Pavilion at COP27 in Egypt on 12 November 2022.

The Indigenous Research Network (IRN) was established in 2021, co-led by New Zealand and Samoa. The GRA acknowledges that there are structural barriers in education that has led to the underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples and the poor recognition of traditional knowledge. The IRN aims to help overcome these existing barriers in career pipelines for indigenous peoples and use traditional knowledge and methods of learning to build capability for today and for future generations.

Objectives of this network

The objective of this network is to create opportunities for Indigenous Peoples:

  • LEADERSHIP: Building scientific capability and capacity within their communities and globally.
  • INFLUENCE: Ensure indigenous perspectives are actively and consistently considered in GRA decisions.
  • EDUCATION: Provide immersive indigenous experiences through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
  • EMPLOYMENT: Create experiences that retain Indigenous talent in mainstream institutions.

Tāngata Whenua Alliance

The Tāngata Whenua Alliance (TWA) is a New Zealand Māori-led initiative that will lead the GRA Indigenous Research Network and respond to areas of interest in global collaboration identified by Māori and those proposed by GRA member countries and partners.

The Tāngata Whenua Alliance has a key focus on community resilience to climate change according to traditional knowledge. This group is by Māori for Māori, comprised of Indigenous experts who were born, raised, and live-in rural communities across New Zealand. Connecting Māori into agricultural greenhouse gas emissions research as well as mitigation technologies and practices.

Key network activities

The Indigenous Research Network had its first annual meeting hosted in New Zealand, 30-31 May 2023.

Held at Hirangi Marae in Turangi and hosted by Ngāti Tuwharetoa, a Maori tribe in New Zealand, this meeting was attended by over 150 people in person and representatives from 39 different countries online.

New Zealand hosted an International Delegation from Thailand, Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga to participate in a study tour hosted by three different Maori tribes: Ngāti Porou, Te Whanau Apa Nui, and Te Whakatohea. Following Cyclone Gabrielle (a recent cyclone in NZ), our international delegation experienced on-ground responses in action, projecting the urge for Indigenous-to-Indigenous collaboration against this shared threat.

Indigenous Research Network: The Power of Inclusivity

Funded by the GRA in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and co-sponsored by the United States, Peru, Australia, and Canada. This workshop series is focused on gathering young indigenous leaders from around the world to share and exchange knowledge and experiences to display on a global stage the importance and value of inclusion for youth in climate decisions and actions in global fora.

The first virtual workshop of the GRA-APEC workshop series “Indigenous Research Network: The Power of Inclusivity” took place on 1 November 2023.

Key focus areas are on climate change resilience, the transmission of traditional knowledge, food security, and agriculture.

Upcoming events

  • Indigenous Research Network Webinar Series (February 2024)
  • IRN Annual Hybrid Meeting (Held in Samoa – 20 May 2024)
  • GRA_APEC IRN: The Power of Inclusivity Second Workshop (Held in Peru, August 2024)


Further reading:

Indigenous-Research-Network-Summary.pdf (globalresearchalliance.org)

Indigenous Research Network – YouTube


For more information on the Indigenous Research Network or how to join please contact: Shiloh Babbington ([email protected]).