INDIA RESILIENCE Programme
Climate change and variability leading to higher temperatures, increasingly unpredictable monsoon patterns, and competition for land, energy and water resources will impact food and nutritional security as well as the ecosystem services which underpin agriculture and the natural environment in India in the coming years. The climate predictions call for a shift towards agroecological (AE) based sustainable intensification (SI) of agriculture suitable to the biophysical and socioeconomic vulnerability of different regions of India. The project promotes and applies innovations in climate smart agriculture (CSA) farming systems, tools and strategies supported by science-based policy frameworks targeted at increasing food and nutritional security and resilience to climate change in Odisha and Assam states of India. The main project activities focus on sustainably intensive and diverse cropping systems with special attention given to integrated soil, water and pest /disease management, in order to develop socially-inclusive market value chains, dissemination of knowledge, and policy outreach implemented by well-experienced multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholders. The overall goal of the project is to improve agricultural productivity, adaptive capacity, and livelihoods of smallholder farmers to climate and economic changes by building resilience and strengthening the agri-product market value chains in the states of Odisha and Assam in India. The outputs generated from the proposed project will be useful to other regions with similar climatic and socioeconomic conditions.