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What is biocultural heritage?

Biocultural heritage is the inter-linked biological and cultural diversity of indigenous peoples and local communities, from seeds to landscapes and from knowledge to spiritual values, handed down from generation to generation.

This postcard explains how biocultural heritage is vital for the wellbeing of indigenous peoples, local communities and society as a whole.

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IIED worked with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise traditional knowledge-based – or 'biocultural' – innovation systems of smallholder farmers in order to strengthen food security in the face of climate change. Traditional farmers continually improve and adapt their crops and farming practices in response to new challenges, using local knowledge and biodiversity, generating new technologies and practices.

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Smallholder innovation for resilience (SIFOR)

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