Koraput Traditional Agricultural System, India, to be designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage (GIAHS) site
FAO, 15 December 2011

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA: During the 99th Session of the Indian Science Congress, to be held from 3-7 January 2012, an important announcement will take place for the certification of the Traditional Agricultural System of Koraput (Odisha, India) as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) site. The Koraput district is home to approximately 62 tribal communities, each one of them characterized by a distinct identity in terms of social organization, culture and economy. All tribes observe a variety of religious and socio-cultural functions aiming at ensuring family well-being and happiness as well as community welfare and harmony. Their cyclic rituals and festivals, mainly centered on agricultural operations, human livestock and crop welfare, descend from ancient times and have been preserved unimpaired to the present day. The Koraput Region is famous for its rich agricultural biodiversity of global importance. The tribal and rural families of this area have been developing and conserving these genetic resources from immemorial time with their traditional knowledge. Today’s landraces, evolved naturally with the changing environment and agricultural practices, are the products of careful and continuous selection by tribal women and men, whose merits have not yet received the recognition they deserved. Download the release [pdf] …