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Climate resilient communities for
improving rural livelihoods
mallholder farmers are reliant mainly on rainfed areas.
With climate change – increasing variability in the rainfall intensity and unusual
heavy rainfall events followed by long dry spells – there is a need to build the
resilience of these rural communities.
There are solutions to reduce the vulnerability of the rural communities to impacts
of climate change.
Location specific customized adaptive strategies developed through
Establish a climate change information network to empower the rural
communities using innovative knowledge delivery systems in the rural areas.
Build the capacity of different stakeholders for developing climate resilient
agriculture and enabling policies and institutions for scaling-up.
Science with a human face
Scientific solutions and proof of concept
Selected villages will be studied and climate adaptive
strategies developed, implemented and evaluated.
A proof of concept will be established by building
climate resilient communities.
The solutions will be context specific including:
Taking into account the local catchment level,
including the multi-sectoral activities.
Enhancing crop, soil, water and other inputs
use efficiency to increase production and
Participatory development of solutions
that engage and empower the community.
A consortium of different institutions
to harness the power of public-private
Involvement of women and youth to build
sustainability of the interventions.
Enabling institutions and policy guidelines
Diversification of on-farm and other livelihood
Other methods for sustainable intensification
Harnessing the power of new scientific tools
like ICT, GIS, simulation models and remote
Considering the whole value chain through to
processing and markets.
The proof of concept for climate resilient
communities will be clearly defined models, sites of
learning and have an inventory of tested adaptation
and mitigation strategies.
Established information networks in one community
will be tapped for information sharing in other
to support the science-based solutions.
Support development of proof of concept for
Suhas P Wani, Research Program Director (Acting),
Resilient Dryland Systems
Assist with the scaling up of a network of climate
A concept note for
Ensuring nutritional security in rural India