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BD’s sustainable farming system receives global recognition

December 19th, 2015 | by admin
BD’s sustainable farming system receives global recognition

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has recognised Bangladesh’s floating gardens, a unique hydroponics production system constructed with natural grasses and plants, as “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) “.

The UN body also designated a trio of sites in Japan. These are: the sustainable river fisheries utilising Sato-kawa system in Gifu, the Minabe-Tanabe Ume approach to growing apricots on nutrient-poor slopes in Wakayama and the Takachihogo-Shiibayama mountainous agriculture and forestry system in Miyazaki which allows agricultural and forestry production in a steep mountainous area. The sites were officially recognised during a joint meeting of the GIAHS Steering and Scientific Committee at FAO headquarters in Rome on December 15, according to a message received in Dhaka on Saturday. These new designations bring the number of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) to a total of 36 sites located in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, Near East and Asia. The Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) which was launched by FAO in 2002 during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been recently endorsed by member countries, during the 39th Session of the FAO Conference, as an FAO Corporate Programme, according to a news agency.

Source: The Financial Express

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