Climate change has emerged as the biggest threat to the livelihoods and food security for countries 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. For India to meet its Nationally Determined Contributions committed to the Paris Agreement, all guidelines and frameworks in this context must be complemented with initiatives that are sufficient, efficient, equitable, and inclusive. These further need to be integrated with nature-based solutions to address the interconnected challenges of climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, and livelihood vulnerability.

Awareness, Action, and Advocacy

We use various tools to bridge the information gap between community and policy. The aim is to bring behaviour change for sustainable development, probing into the socio-economic and political factors, identifying priorities, assessing risks and opportunities, empowering people, strengthening institutions, and promoting social change within a complex cultural and political environment. Radio Bundelkhand, a community radio station in Bundelkhand, is one of the mediums we use to reach out to the community and make them aware. This plays a vital role in facilitating inclusive governance systems, giving ‘voice’ to poor and marginalised groups, and enabling citizen participation and sustainable social accountability.

Inclusive and Sustainable Farming Models

We work with farmers to build inclusive and sustainable farming models in the most vulnerable regions of the country. Sustainable agriculture is amplified by linking farmers, especially smallholder farmers, to appropriate eco-technologies, providing technical support, and conducting farmers training to build resilient farming systems. Our initiatives aim to bring improvement in the economic well-being of farmers through enhanced productivity and profitability. We have been instrumental in introducing new practices such as dry sowing, developing farm bunds and agri-horticultural planting, and the ‘Wadi’ model.

Natural Resource Management

Our natural resource management solution depicts a strong practice-to-policy connect with on-ground demonstration of resilient models and improved practices for land and water management, sustainable agriculture, and climate-adaptive decentralised planning, alongside research and policy influence in farmer-producer organisations, resource flows, and ecological SDGs. We deliver improved water security through a combined approach of agro-horticulture and integrated watershed management models. In response to the chronic drought situation in Bundelkhand, we pioneered in establishing check-dams as a low-cost and sustainable technology for realising water security outcomes. Also, in peri-urban areas and rural areas, we work on rejuvenating ponds that have fallen to decline due to neglect, rise in population, poor governance, and illegal encroachment, thereby leading to water stress, loss of green cover, and soil degradation.

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Sustainable Agriculture

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Water Solutions

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Climate Action

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