Professor Lohrberg visited FAO
On October 25, Prof. Frank Lohrberg visited together with Prof. Makoto Yokohari from the University of Tokyo the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. They followed an invitation by Guido Santini, coordinator of the City Region Food Systems Program, to report from the conference “Urban Agricultural Heritage.”
The meeting made clear that a heritage perspective is helpful to give urban agriculture a better footing, to identify all the long-term knowledge it contains and to unfold its multiple potentials for urban communities. Hence, Makiko Taguchi – on behalf of Guido Santini – underlined FAO’s interest in further cooperation, especially in the field of research and innovation.
A day before this meeting, Prof. Yokohari and Prof. Lohrberg met Prof. Koohafkan, President of the World Agricultural Heritage Foundation at FAO. They figured out manifold linkages in their work. Particularly the format of “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems” (GIAHS) was identified as a field of further cooperation and all partners agreed that it is quite useful and timely to also setup a GIAHS in the field of urban agriculture.
Conference report at UNESCO Workshop in Turin
Frank Lohrberg held a presentation about the conference “Urban Agricultural Heritage” in the “International Academy on UNESCO Designations and Sustainable Development” that took place between October 19 and 23 in Turin.