Biocultural Heritage

Promoting resilient farming systems and local economies

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Projects and outputs

IIED and its partners are working to protect the traditional knowledge and innovation systems of smallholder farmers. The concept of collective biocultural heritage provides the common research framework for two projects. Smallholder Innovation for Resilience is a new five-year project, while Protecting Community rights over traditional knowledge is now completed. This website provides further information on both projects, including all key research and findings.

Group photo from the China workshop 2012.
Smallholder Innovation for Resilience China workshop participants.

Smallholder Innovation for Resilience (SIFOR): Strengthening biocultural innovation for food security in the face of climate change.

This project builds on the Protecting community rights project by continuing many of the action-research activities with communities in China, India, Kenya and Peru.

Protecting community rights over traditional knowledge: Implications of customary laws and practices.

This project involved participatory action-research with indigenous and local communities in areas of important but threatened biocultural diversity in China, India, Kenya, Panama and Peru and is now finished.