International Workshop on GIAHS for the Islamic Countries

In collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), an international workshop on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) will be held from 4-5 November 2014 at FAO-HQ,...


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FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme unveils new GIAHS ambassadors

Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Department of International Cooperation (DIC) Counsel Qu Sixi congratulated 23 participants from 12 countries in Asia and the Pacific who attended the South-South...


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“Protecting and developing significant agricultural heritage and boosting modern agricultural and rural development”

The Third APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security was organized in Beijing on 19th September 2014, during which Beijing Declaration on APEC Food Security was issued with the consensus reached...


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High Level Training on GIAHS to be held in China

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) China are organizing the “First High-Level Training course on the Globally Important...


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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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