FAO’s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) mark twentieth anniversary

27/10/2022 Rome

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) flagship programme of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)   at the moment celebrated its 20th anniversary, highlighting its function in selling sustainable agriculture and revitalizing the agricultural communities who’re liable for feeding a big proportion of the earth’s inhabitants.

The digital celebrations have been addressed by Ministers from Japan, Peru, United Republic of Tanzania and Tunisia, in addition to senior officers and Ambassadors from different GIAHS international locations the world over. Also collaborating, have been technical specialists who exchanged experiences and progressive options applied by GIAHS communities on environmental points and sustainable rural improvement.

“This pioneering initiative pays tribute to distinctive landscapes, agro-biodiversity, conventional data and tradition all over the world,” FAO Director-General QU Dongyu mentioned in his message. Amid the a number of challenges confronted by rural communities, “the GIAHS programme seems to spice up livelihoods of small-scale farmers, promote agro-tourism alongside native merchandise and cultures, to preserve biodiversity, create inexperienced agro-jobs and empower girls and youth.”

He continued: “None of this, may have been achieved alone,” and he expressed appreciation to the supporting FAO Members and donor international locations together with China, Italy, Japan and Spain.

During the session, FAO launched the digital publication , an progressive, interactive doc that goals to have a good time the achievements of the programme and pay tribute to designated GIAHS all over the world.

Additionally, throughout the occasion, quite a lot of digital materials representing GIAHS websites showcased GIAHS communities, their livelihoods, conventional agricultural practices and progressive options, bringing the contributors from all all over the world nearer to discipline experiences and elevating consciousness about its significance.

Thousands of years of heritage in 20 years

The initiative was launched on the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, in response to world tendencies undermining household farming and conventional agricultural programs. It was subsequently granted the standing of FAO Corporate Programme, by way of a Resolution of the 39th FAO Conference in 2015, to acknowledge that these programs are nonetheless offering meals and securing livelihood for rural communities in lots of international locations of the world. The GIAHS programme goals is to safeguard and worth their conventional data and the resilience of their utilized agricultural practices by selling dynamic conservation and guaranteeing the sustainable improvement of those distinctive agro-ecosystems.

To date, the programme counts practically 70 GIAHS in 22 international locations, with a further 20 proposals underneath analysis.

GIAHS candidate areas should meet 5 choice standards established by an unbiased Scientific Advisory Group, and in flip are in a position to profit from GIAHS’ function in revitalizing rural communities and selling rural improvement.

GIAHS are excellent examples of adaptation to challenges and constraints, whereas shaping unimaginable landscapes and sustaining a harmonious relationship with nature. This has resulted in an accumulation of expertise over generations, an growing vary and depth of information and a fancy and numerous vary of carefully built-in livelihood actions.

GIAHS has just lately turn into a large community, proving to be an efficient mannequin for collaboration in any respect ranges, with acceptable native governance programs, whereas attracting worldwide and nationwide companions, tasks, twinning programmes, and actions to extend visibility and assist farmers on the bottom.


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Website: Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

Website: GIAHS 20th anniversary celebrations