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Project Document for Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania. GCP/GLO/198/GER - Supporting Food Security and Reducing Poverty in Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania through Dynamic Conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (G

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    In 2008, FAO initiated the project “Supporting Food Security and Reducing Poverty in Kenya and Tanzania through Dynamic Conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)". Two years running, in 2008 the project identified the Maasai pastoral systems and Upland Agro-forestry systems as the most creative form of livelihoods that have withstood the test of time and deserving recognition as heritage agricultural systems of global importance and hence requiring support. This re cognition was followed by a pilot site selection mission led by the Project Facilitating Team, which targeted three main agro-systems namely; the Chagga home gardens, the Pare Ndiva system and the Matengo pit system. The evaluation team ended up ranking the Uru-Shimbwe Juu site within the Chagga home gardens as the most integral Upland agrosystem, in which all the critical heritage features are represented and associated with this system.
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    GIAHS in East Africa – Project Summary
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
    2012
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    The project titled “Supporting Food Security and Reducing Poverty in Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania through Dynamic Conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS)” focuses on two different indigenous agricultural systems, typically found in East Africa: Upland-agro-forestry systems and pastoral systems. Many of these meet the requirements of the GIAHS Initiative: customary use and adaptive management of biological and natural resources compatible with conserva tion and sustainable use requirements, a substantive contribution to local food security and rural development, as well as social and cultural features significant to the cultural diversity and identity of their countries. Additionally, these historic East-African agricultural systems display management practices and biological diversity of great relevance to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
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    Tanzania's policies and laws in support of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
    Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)
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    The goal of the initiative is: to identify and safeguard GIAHS and their associated landscapes, agricultural biodiversity and knowledge systems through catalyzing and establishing a long-term programme to support such systems and enhance global, national and local benefits derived through their dynamic conservation, sustainable management and enhanced viability.

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