UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA A female farmer showing her harvest
©FAO/Valda Nogueira


This publication was written on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of FAO’s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) programme. It contains success stories from different agricultural heritage systems in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa. The stories showcase the achievements of farming communities since their designation as GIAHS.

The authors of this publication are Aurélie Fernandez, Clelia Maria Puzzo, Federica Romano, and Hui Yin from the GIAHS Secretariat, Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Environment, FAO. Alina Gerke, Communications Specialist, FAO-GIAHS Secretariat, co-authored and led the coordination of the publication. A big gratitude is expressed also to Professor Nobuyuki Yagi who co-authored this publication.

They wish to acknowledge the representatives from GIAHS member countries who contributed with information, qualitative data, and visual material: Arpakwa Ole Sikorei, United Republic of Tanzania; Zhaofang Zhang, the Center of International Cooperation Service (CICOS), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China; Tokushima Tsurugisan, Global Agricultural Heritage Promotion Council from Japan; Consortium for the protection of Soave, Italy; José María Álvarez Coque from Spain; Luisa Guadalupe, Benavente Escobar and Cesar Francisco Sotomayor from Peru; and Halima Khaled, Fateh Achour and Fouad Bendjedou from Algeria. Great support was provided by FAO Country and Liaison Offices during the information collection process. In this regard, the authors wish to thank Shoko Takahashi from the FAO Liaison Office in Japan, and Samir Demdoum and Diomedes Kalisa from the Country Offices in Algeria, Peru and the United Republic of Tanzania.

The authors also wish to thank Yoshihide Endo, GIAHS Coordinator, Office in the Office of Climate Change, Environment and Biodiversity, and Jeffrey Brez, Senior Communications Officer in the Office of Corporate Communications, for their technical guidance. Gratitude is also due to Ruth Raymond and Felicity Griffin for editing the publication, and to Kate Ferrucci and Simona Capocaccia (FAO) for graphic design and layout.

Finally, a special acknowledgement is extended to colleagues of the FAO Office of Corporate Communications, who supported the publication with thorough proofreading and constant suggestions for the layout. Gratitude is expressed to André Vornic, Anne Aubert, Guido Chiefalo, Laura Galeotti, Monica Umena and Raya Ubenova.