Building Capacity: advanced international training course on GIAHS

The project funded by AICS intends to promote awareness of the agricultural landscape system and traditional landscapes, through courses and research activities especially in the priority countries of the Italian cooperation.

“The Building Capacity: International Advanced Training Course on GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) for the resilience evaluation in three different socio-environmental and bio-cultural frameworks: Africa, Asia and Latin America” ​​supports the FAO GIAHS program, aimed at promoting traditional agricultural systems, such as intangible assets that combine the conservation of biodiversity, respect for traditional social structures, support for economic development focused on local agricultural communities. Similarly to what UNESCO has achieved in terms of cultural heritage, FAO GIAHS wants to create specific sites for the active conservation of traditional agricultural systems.

The initiative has as its executive body the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems of the University of Florence and has the main objective of spreading the defence of traditional agricultural systems, through the creation of an academic center aimed at training managers of FAO GIAHS sites and the global dissemination of the issue.

In this context it is particularly necessary to create professionals capable of identifying and managing GIHAS sites. These technicians must possess the ability to dynamically preserve traditional agricultural knowledge, the values ​​of local cultures, bio-cultural diversity and landscape characteristics.

For this reason, AICS promotes the participation in the master’s course for students from countries where AICS is active through the implementation of projects, including Ethiopia, with 10 scholarships.

To apply, follow the link: https://www.agriculturalheritage.com/applications2022_2023/

Deadline: October 16, 2022 and the final ranking will be published by October 31, 2022.

The selected students will start attending the master’s course from February 2023.

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