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GIAHS and AGROECOLOGY: how can innovative systemic approaches contribute to sustainable development?


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Presentation by Caterina Batello from FAO, on GIAHS and Agroecology: how innovate systemic approaches can contribute to sustainable development. She presented the common systemic approach, common elements and opportunities between agroecology and GIAHS. The presentation was prepared and delivered in occasion of the GIAHS workshop for Europe and Central Asia, held in Rome, Italy on 29 and 30 May 2017

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GIAHS and AGROECOLOGY: how can innovative systemic approaches contribute to sustainable development?

  1. 1. GIAHS and AGROECOLOGY how can innovative systemic approaches contribute to sustainable development? Caterina Batello AGPME, FAO 29 May 2017
  2. 2.  GIAHS examples showcased in FAO Agroecology Symposia  Identification of common elements and differences: - Agroecology focuses on sustainable food production & food systems - Conservation and use of natural and genetic resources traditional knowledge Agroecology and GIAHS
  4. 4. Elements of agroecological food systems GIAHS Criteria Efficiency optimizing the use of natural resources within farming Balance securing favourable soil conditions and self-regulation inside the food system. Diversity maximising species and genetic resources across time and space within food systems Recycling reutilizing nutrients and biomass inside the system, increased use of renewable resources Synergies optimal crop/animal assemblage, promoting ecological functions for self-regulation 1. Food and livelihood security    2. Agro- biodiversity     Agroecology and GIAHS a common systemic approach
  5. 5. Agroecology and GIAHS a common systemic approach Elements of agroecological food systems GIAHS Criteria Co-creation of knowledge local and traditional knowledge and innovation, based on local needs and local ecosystems Human and social value culture, identity, tradition, innovation and knowledge of local communities and livelihoods, focus on women’s and youth’s role Circular economy local solutions and local markets creating virtuous cycles Culture and food traditions healthy, diversified and culturally appropriate diets Land and NR governance smallholder food producers as sustainable managers and guardians of natural and genetic resources 3. Local & Traditional Knowledge systems      4. Cultures, Value systems and Social Organisations      5. Landscapes and Seascapes Features     
  6. 6. Agroecology and GIAHS common elements  How BIODIVERSITY is managed, preserved /regenerated conservation of natural and genetic resources ecosystem services for food production building upon potentialities of territories, landscapes and communities  How KNOWLEDGE is managed combining local traditional knowledge and science local ingenious innovation and scale up opportunities  Valorization of CULTURE, local IDENTITY and proximity capitalized through short value chains and circular economies  CO-ADAPTATION of rural communities increased resilience to climatic and economic stresses
  7. 7. Agroecology and GIAHS examples
  8. 8. Agroecology and GIHAS: Examples - traditional varieties of plants and animals - Strengthened local economies - Knowledge and biodiversity management - Institutionalsupport - Territorial development and agroecology degree (AE farmers astrainers) - Innovative rural tourism - “Learning territories” program with farmers
  9. 9. Agroecology and GIHAS: Examples - Local food consumption and local markets - inclusion of women, as artisans and processors - intercropped fields with 3 principal species (fruits, forage, horticulture) - Local bees and honey production - Participatory Guarantee Systems
  10. 10. Agroecology and GIAHS opportunities GIAHS Hubs for - Natural and genetic resources - Ingenious traditional knowledge Living laboratories Agroecology Co-creation of innovative practice, science, knowledge and designs Proper institutional support Systemic approaches to agricultural development Framework to scale up sustainable & resilient food systems
  11. 11. Within FAO  SP2  Program of Work and Budget 2018-2019  Regional Initiatives on Family Farming  2nd Agroecology Symposium to be held in FAO April 2018  Case studies and best practices to be connected with Agroecology knowledge Hub and Agroecology Global Tool Sustainable development  SDGs 1, 2, 15  Climate Change & resilience interventions Agroecology and GIAHS exploring opportunities
  12. 12. Thank you