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Diversity for Development, Development for Diversity


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Presentation by Parviz Koohafkan, Senior Honorary Research Fellow at Bioversity International, and Global Coordinator of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

This was presented during a seminar hosted at Bioversity International on 'The Indicators of Resilience in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)' in January 2014.

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Diversity for Development, Development for Diversity

  1. 1. Diversity for Development Development for Diversity Parviz Koohafkan Senior Honorary Research Fellow Bioversity International
  2. 2. Land Degradation, Desertification, Climate Change, Poverty and Migration
  3. 3. Systems at Risk at a Glance
  4. 4. Unique Agricultural Heritage Systems at risk
  6. 6. Projected Population Increase
  7. 7. Changing Diet, Nutrition, health and biodiversity • Hidden hunger: missing micronutrients – More than 2 billion worldwide – Mostly women and children • Double burden: diseases of “affluence” – Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancers
  8. 8. GRAIN CROP DIVERSITY IN FOOD BASKET Rice + Wheat + Maize = 89.4 % GLOBAL GRAIN PRODUCTION, FAO 2008 Maize (33.4 %) Wheat (28 %) Barley (6.4 %) Sorghum (2.7 %) Rice (28 %) Millet (1.4 %)
  9. 9. Food diversity, Nutrition and Heath
  10. 10. Biodiversity
  11. 11. Malezas en floracion de las familias compositae o umbeliferae atraen insectos beneficos en busca debiodiversity Loss of functional polen y nectar
  12. 12. Towards 2050… food requirements +60% food production needs globally +100% in developing countries
  13. 13. The Challenges Ahead Require: A Paradigm Shift in Development(Agricultural) Policies addressing food security and Poverty While Sustaining Natural Resources Base
  14. 14. Best options for the poorest? Great success in the past… but still nearly one billion people are hungry • Key questions: – to what extent can farmers improve their food production with low-cost and locally-available technologies and inputs? – What impacts do these methods have on natural resources and environmental goods and services and the livelihoods of people relying on them?
  15. 15. A major opportunity: Small holders and Family Farming • Produce the bulk of the global food • Are the largest number of stewards for the – environment and its services including biodiversity, • Higher and sustainable productivity increase at their level will have a major impact on poverty reduction, economic growth and climate change mitigation and adaptation
  16. 16. Intensification without Simplification
  17. 17. Investing in All Assets of Rural Systems (livelihoods, communities, economies) Natural Capital: nature’s goods and services (waste assimilation, pollination, storm protection, water supply, wildlife) Social Capital: cohesiveness of people and societies trust, reciprocity, rules and norms, networks and institutions Physical Capital: Infrastructure, roads markets Human Capital: the status of individuals health, skills, knowledge Financial Capital: money, savings
  18. 18. Linking Global …….. to local and local …… to global
  19. 19. Conservation and Adaptive management of GLOBALLY IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL HERITAGE SYSTEMS
  20. 20. Was conceptualized and launched in 2002 at the occasion of World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg South Africa
  21. 21. GIAHS selection Criteria :  Local food and livelihood security,  biodiversity and genetic resources  Local knowledge of individuals and community  Cultural Diversity of Agri ”Culture” including products and services diversity  Landscape diversity and aesthetic values
  22. 22. THEY ARE UNDER THREAT BCAUSE OF: • Inappropriate policy, legal and incentive frameworks, • Industrialization of agriculture and Neglect of diversified systems and local knowledge, •Low community involvement in decision making, • Population pressure and cultural change
  23. 23. Centers of Origin of the agricultural Civilizations The eight Vavilovian Centers of Origin of Crops
  24. 24. China Rice Fish
  25. 25. GIAHS-Satoyama in Japan
  26. 26. Cultivation in waru-warus 2007
  27. 27. Maasai pastoral systems Kenya-Tanzania
  28. 28. Oases System in Atlas Mountains, Morocco
  29. 29. Lemon Garden, Italy
  30. 30. Japan Madagascar Saffron, Iran and Kashmir India
  31. 31. At Global level by identification, selection and recognition of GIAHS At National level by capacity building in policy, regulatory and incentive mechanisms to safeguard these outstanding systems and use them as sustainability bench mark systems At Local Level by empowerment of local communities and technical assistance for sustainable resource management, promoting traditional knowledge and enhancing viability of these systemsHOW ? through economic incentives
  32. 32. Recognition of traditional knowledge in Science Congress, Koraput Agriculture, Orissa India
  33. 33. Examples of Opportunities for Traditional Farmers through GIAHS Native potatoes, Peru Ecological Farming Chiloe Rice-fish culture products , China Natives Dates Oases, Tunisia
  34. 34. GIAHS is not about the past, it is about the future California USA
  35. 35. For more information, visit