Climate Adaptation and Resilience

Climate change, in recent years, has emerged as a new threat to the livelihood and food security of vulnerable communities across the world. India is particularly vulnerable to this and is likely to have varied impacts owing to its geographic diversity, stronger dependence on agriculture, and increasing exploitation of natural resources coupled with population growth and socio-economic challenges.

At DA, we focus on building climate resilient livelihoods particularly by supporting marginalised communities in the semi-arid regions including Bundelkhand and Rajasthan to adapt to conditions that threaten their livelihoods and well-being in the future. The climate adaptation and resilience framework integrates livelihoods, sustainable agriculture, and climate change adaptation planning, ecosystem services approaches under Natural Resource Management theme. We have taken a two-pronged approach for building resilience in agriculture systems and building mechanisms to cope with or reduce the impact of climate change in agriculture systems: the efficient use and management of water at farm and landscape level and agriculture technology models that reduce risks to incomes dependent on agriculture production. We have been instrumental in introducing new practices such as dry sowing, developing farm bunds and agri-horticultural planting, the ‘WADI’ model and engaging in activities of integrated watershed management. Our work in rain fed agriculture address the issues of water scarcity, poor soil conditions, depleting forest cover and water intensive cropping through measures of integrated water management and promotion of sustainable farming practices. Our work is integrated within multiple projects with NABARD and other government agencies.


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