This article was produced and financed by Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research

Developing climate-smart agriculture

How should India and other countries adapt their agricultural practices to a changing climate? Researchers explain how they go about when developing new rice growing technologies.

Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research

Bioforsk conducts applied and specifically targeted research linked to multifunctional agriculture and rural development, plant sciences, environmental protection and natural resource management. International collaboration is given high priority.

Countries in the tropics and sub-tropics are particularly vulnerable as extreme weather conditions pose a serious threat to their food security.

For India, the rapidly growing economy, climate change and variability may have a negative impact on the well-being of a steadily increasing population, of which the vast majority reside in rural areas and are highly dependent on natural resources for their food, shelter and income.

To address these issues, and find solutions to the climate-related challenges that lie ahead, the ClimaAdapt project was initiated in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu states in 2012.

Capacity of farmers

The project, which is a collaborative effort between Bioforsk and several Indian research institutes, aims to develop climate-smart agriculture technologies in India, thereby improving the adaptive capacity of farmers.

In this film, you will see how researchers work together with stakeholders and policy makers to develop methodologies for upscaling selected adaption measures in the three provinces. You will see how the project partners go about in regard to stakeholder involvement and capacity building of farmers, women included. The film also shows why it is necessary to maintain an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to reach the desired impacts of a project such as ClimaAdapt, which among other things entail stronger science-stakeholder-policy linkages and science based innovative adaptation measures.

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