Milan Expo 2015: GIAHS Cultural Show Attracted Large Crowds

It’s not every day you see unique GIAHS cultural show in Milan EXPO, but this week, visitors and exhibitors of the EXPO had enjoyed the cultural show, folk dances and...


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Atelier régional pour Promouvoir les Systèmes Ingénieux du Patrimoine Agricole Mondial (SIPAM)

L'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'Alimentation et l'Agriculture (FAO) et l'Organisation Islamique pour l'education les sciences et la culture (ISESCO) organisent un atelier régional pour promouvoir les SIPAM...


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Saving the rice heritage: three women setting examples

Three women making a difference in their own way, contributing to sustainably manage and conserve the ancient Ifugao Rice Terraces – an agricultural and cultural heritage while helping to make...


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Asia-Pacific’s World Agricultural Heritage sites offer future food security solutions

Today participants from more than 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region attended an event in Bangkok on the growing importance of indigineous food systems in food security. Among those speaking at...


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Worldwide, specific agricultural systems and landscapes have been created, shaped and maintained by generations of farmers and herders based on diverse natural resources, using locally adapted management practices. Building on local knowledge and experience, these ingenious agri-cultural systems reflect the evolution of humankind, the diversity of its knowledge, and its profound relationship with nature. These systems have resulted not only in outstanding landscapes, maintenance and adaptation of globally significant agricultural biodiversity, indigenous knowledge systems and resilient ecosystems, but, above all, in the sustained provision of multiple goods and services, food and livelihood security for millions of poor and small farmers.

GIAHS vision

In order to safeguard and support the world’s agri-cultural heritage systems, in 2002 FAO started an initiative for the dynamic conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS). The GIAHS Initiative promotes public understanding, awareness, national and international recognition of Agricultural Heritage systems. Looking to safeguard the social, cultural, economic and environmental goods and services these provide to family farmers, smallholders, indigenous peoples and local communities, the initiative fosters an integrated approach combining sustainable agriculture and rural development.

The GIAHS initiative has project interventions in Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic), Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Turkey. In these countries, adaptive management approaches will be developed and implemented, to assist national and local stakeholders in the dynamic conservation of their agricultural heritage systems.


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