20 years of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

Join the celebration!

Virtual Event, 27/10/2022


2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the FAO GIAHS Programme. FAO launched the GIAHS initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002. Since its inception, the number of agricultural systems recognized as GIAHS has been gradually increasing. 

Watch the celebrations!

The 20th anniversary celebrations took place on 27 October 2022, from 10:00 to 16:30 (CEST), online and hosted high-level speakers such as Ministers, Ambassadors and State Representatives as well as technical experts from GIAHS countries.

  1. Watch the High-Level Session
  2. Watch the Technical Session

Learn more about GIAHS history. 

A unique insight into agricultural heritage from around the world:
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To celebrate the achievements of the past 20 years, FAO invited GIAHS designated and candidate sites to submit digital material, including:

During the past two decades, GIAHS has proven to be a valid model of sustainable agriculture through its holistic and future-oriented approach covering agro-ecological farming, rural development actions, and the conservation of agrobiodiversity, landscapes, cultures, and traditional knowledge. Through GIAHS designations, local communities have implemented innovative activities and gained experiences related to sustainable use of natural resources, adaptive management, and sustainable economic development of their agricultural systems.