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A round-up of news and views on GIAHS from around the world.

The Open University of the Philippines attended GIAHS Consultation Workshop on Heritage Systems

Source: Open University of the Philippines, Faculty of Management and Development Studies

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) of UP Open University participated in the National Consultation Workshop on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) last December 3-4, 2013 at Eurotel North Edsa, Quezon City.

Promotion of the recognition of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in the Historic GAFSA of Tunisia

Source: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The Historic GAFSA is a biodiversity laboratory that has been included by FAO in the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) that currently consists of six world pilot sites. This particularly oasis is also the focal point of this BSF project. Throughout the world, generations of farmers have created, shaped and maintained unique agricultural systems and landscapes that have sustainably supported human livelihoods for centuries, but are currently subject to deterioration and erosion.

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Familias campesinas de zonas alto andinas emprenden iniciativas para la conservación de la agrobiodiversidad

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Cusco (27.08.2013) La búsqueda de mecanismos alternativos para la lucha contra los efectos del cambio climático en las zonas alto andinas llevó a un grupo de organizaciones a la utilización de bioabonos, que contribuyen de forma eficaz al mejoramiento de la producción y productividad de los cultivos.. more

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Learning from our agricultural heritage

Source: Financial Chronicle

In all areas of human endeavour, the past, present and future constitute a continuum. The past history of biodiversity conservation teaches us many lessons. First of all, about 10,000 years ago, when men went out hunting for food, women started gathering seeds and cultivating crops. This was the origin of agriculture or settled cultivation. The evolution of agriculture was based on selection from naturally occurring genetic variability. Thus, there is a strong relationship between cultural, culinary and curative diversity and agro-biodiversity.

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Los otros tesoros: aportes del Perú a la alimentación mundial

Source: El Comercio

El mundo asiste a un nuevo descubrimiento del Perú, esta vez como cuna de una valiosa diversidad natural que se revalora con la gastronomía

Año Nuevo Andino y su significado en la seguridad alimentaria

Source: Los Andes

El 21 de junio, en las comunidades andinas, se celebra el AÑO NUEVO ANDINO. Coincide con el solsticio, o sea el retorno del sol después de su alejamiento máximo. En Cusco, se hacía la ceremonia de amarrar en un monolito, llamado Intihuatana. Para las culturas prehispánicas, Lupaka, Tiahuanacu e Inca, desde hace 5521 años, el 21 de junio, se inicia con la nueva campaña agrícola...

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Two more Chinese pilots sites listed as GIAHS

Source: Ministry of Agriculture of the PRC

The Awarding Ceremony of GIAHS was held on June 5, 2013. With the witness of Vice Minister Niu Dun and Li Wenhua, Chairman of GIAHS Steering Committee and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva awarded "Shaoxing Kuaijishan Ancient Chinese Torreya of Zhejiang Province" and "Xuanhua Traditional Vineyards System of Hebei Province" as newly selected GIAHS...

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Ministerio de Agricultura apoya postulación de la marca SIPAM Chiloé como Sello de Origen

Source: Oficina de Planificacion Agricola (Odepa, Chile)

Durante ceremonia encabezada por el subsecretario de Agricultura, Álvaro Cruzat, se realizó el inicio de los trámites que tienen como objetivo final fomentar el uso y la protección de los productos tradicionales chilenos para apoyar el desarrollo productivo de las comunidades de la Isla..

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Rice of Ages

Source: China Daily USA

An heirloom species of this staple grain thrives only in a tiny pocket of East China, but scientists say its potential could be huge, Jin Zhu reports in Wannian, Jiangxi province.Twenty hectares of arable land, tucked away in a mountain valley in Jiangxi province, may have a role to play in solving the worldwide food shortage.

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Peru Ancient Agriculture 

Source: CCTV

El reportaje hace un tránsito por el proyecto SIPAM, los suqakollos, la quinua, la mejora de la calidad de vida de la población gracias a la recuperación de estos sistemas ancestrales de cultivo y los retos que quedan para mejorar los ingresos y la calidad de vida de la población en la zona altoandina de Puno, Perú.

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Agricultural heritage across the millenia

Source: United Nations University

Let’s turn the clock back 4,000 years. Woolly mammoths roam the Arctic tundra, Stonehenge is under construction, and the Sahara is still largely a vegetated savannah landscape. The entirety of humanity consists of just 27 million people — smaller than the population of today’s Tokyo metropolitan area. And at this time, somewhere in the ancient Sumerian city-state of Ur, a scribe is engraving a series of cuneiform tablets with what is now the world’s oldest known example of a legal code...

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GIAHS: About the Future not the Past

Source: UNU-IAS

The Second International Seminar on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) was held from 19 to 20 February 2013 in Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

(c)ASM Gafsa

Noto World Challenge Project

Source: Kanazawa University website

As of June 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations officially designated “Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi” (Ishikawa Prefecture,Japan) and “Sado’s satoyama in harmony with Japanese crested ibis” (Niigata Prefecture,Japan) as the first Globally Important Agricultural Heritage....

(c)ASM Gafsa

Les oasis historiques de Tunisie

Source: La Presse de Tunisie

Les oasis historiques sont définies comme étant un écosystème traditionnel créé autour d’un point d’eau dans le désert. Le nom prend ses origines du grec ancien et désigne une zone de végétation isolée dans un désert. 

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Traditional Farming Holds All the Aces

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

Last monsoon season, 65-year-old Sunadhar Ramaparia, a member of the Bhumia tribe in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, mixed indigenous crops like ‘para’ paddy, foxtail millet and oil seeds in his upland plot.

The rains came, then played truant for 23 days and in the scorching heat even lowland farmers’ hybrid paddy saplings burnt to dust. But Ramaparia harvested a full crop.

(c)Asahi Shinbun/Getty Images

Japanese rice paddies twinkle in the darkness after 20,000 pink LEDs are spread across terraced fields

Source: Daily Mail

With a world record-breaking 20,000 pink LEDs spread across them, the Shiroyone Senmaida rice paddies in Japan now appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.

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GIAHS award to Chiloé Island, Chile

Source: El repuertero

“This recognition pays tribute to the local people of  Chiloé and their ancestors, for their hard work, careful on-farm research and conservation,” stated FAO Representative Alan Bojanic.

A Gafsa, l'avenir du tourisme en perspective

Source: La Presse

L'Association de sauvegarde de la Médina de Gafsa (ASM) a pris l'initiative d'organiser un stage d'initiation de jeunes diplômés chômeurs au métier de guie en agrotourisme.

(c)FAO/Liana John

Traditional knowledge of Chiloé woman is recognized by science

Source: La estrella de Chiloé

“We have worms instead of pesticides; fresh guano as natural fungicide; medicinal plants as repellents,” says Cecilia Guineo.


GIAHS at Rio+20 seminar on nature's bounty

Source: Asahi Shinbun

The seminar was hosted by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in cooperation with Ajinomoto, Fruta Fruta and The Asahi Shimbun.

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Legs inestimable à protéger et à valoriser

Source: Le Temps

Les oasis en Tunisie couvrent une superficie de 36 000 ha, dont 15 000 sont couverts par des oasis historiques constituant indiscutablement un patrimoine national et universel inestimable à préserver inconditionnellement.

(c)FAO/Min Qingwen

Energy flow in GIAHS rice-fish system key for China's agronomy

Source: China Daily

A mountainside village that practices aquaculture in rice paddies might hold the key to improving China's agronomy.

Photo(c)Tomas Munita/New York Times

Chiloé Island, Chile, one of The 45 Places to Go in 2012

Source: New York Times

Chiloé Island, Chile, listed as one of The 45 Places to Go in 2012 according to the New York Times.

Photo(c)Shimako Takanashi/UNU-ISP

Japan celebrates recognition of the Satoyama as GIAHS

Source: United Nations University - Institute for Sustainability and Peace

The official ceremony and memorial event were held on 16 June 2011 in Sado and 17 June 2011 in Wajima, Noto.

(c)FAO/M.S. Swaminthan

Heritage hour for Koraput district, India

Source: Telegraph India

Farm or agriculture tourism could provide a new experience to travellers visiting the Jeypore tract, famous for its wealth of rice varieties.

Morocco's oases, with potential to become GIAHS

Source: Le Matin

The inclusive and sustainable development of Moroccan agriculture is a strong strategic focus at the core of Pillar II of Morocco's Green Plan.


Photo(c)Yang Tongrong/MDG

Congjiang's rice terraces, China

Source: Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund

In 2010, even during the most severe drought in a century, rice terraces like these were still filled with water.

(c)FAO/Roberto Sandoval

Biorhythm agri-cultural technology under threat, Philippines

Source: Malaya Business Light

The Ifugao rice terraces, the Philippines' only remaining highland mountain ecosystem, are due for a facelift.

(c)FAO/Mary Jane dela Cruz

Small farmers, crucial to rural development

Source: Agriculture's Network

Small-scale farmers, particularly in developing countries, not only work for their own food security and that of their region and nation, they also contribute extensively to rural development.

(c)FAO/Mary Jane dela Cruz

Préservation de la biodiversité, un meilleur cadre de vie

Source: La Presse de Tunisie

Les vertus de la préservation de la biodiversité et des ressources naturelles ne sont plus à démontrer: arrêt de la désertification, amélioration du cadre de vie et végétation à profusion.

Global Environment Facility

Global Environment Facility

Internetauftritt des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz