Iran: Qanat irrigated agricultural heritage systems of Kashan, Isfahan Province
By RJ Whitehead
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The qanat Irrigation technology and related knowledge system in Iran dates back to at least 800BC, and the Kashan region has one of the oldest Persian agriculture systems irrigated by qanats. This system has sustained food security and livelihoods by providing a reliable source of water to traditional family farmers in mostly dry areas, where farming would be otherwise impossible.