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$3.1m consortium for climate smart agriculture

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  • 25 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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$3.1m consortium for climate smart agriculture

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A new consortium of international agencies was launched on Wednesday with an initial investment of about $3.1 million for Scaling-up Climate Smart Agriculture in South Asia.

The platform called Consortium for Scaling-up Climate Smart Agriculture in South Asia (C-SUCSeS) was floated at a hybrid event at Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) Complex in the capital. 

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and SAARC Development Fund (SDF) have formed the consortium.

The partner organisations hoped that the size of investment will grow in the coming years.

The aim of consortium is to develop evidence-based strategies to collectively tackle the impact of climate change in South Asia.

The partnership will also focus on promoting sustainable and resilient agricultural intensification in South Asia through building the capacity of institutions and enhancing skills, scaling-up climate smart strategies and technologies.

Abdelkarim Sma, lead regional economist of IFAD, said that the agreement will strengthen IFAD’s partnership with SAARC to work together on improving food security and to benefit smallholder agriculture in the region.

 The project will look at climate-smart agriculture technologies and practices in the context of farming systems that integrate benefits for adaptation, nutrition, and women and youth, he added.

 “The agreement provides us a platform for collaborative efforts to generate evidence-based policy solutions that can accelerate climate-resilient and sustainable food supply in South Asia,” said Shahidur Rashid, director of IFPRI-South Asia.

“We believe climate change adaptation and sustainable agricultural intensification are inextricably linked,” he said.

The multi-country project is the first of its kind in the region, which has been launched at a time when climate change has emerged as a major threat to the agricultural landscape, said Esala Ruwan Weerakoon, secretary general of SAARC.

The project will target to benefit smallholders focusing on women farmers, as well as, researchers, extension workers, and policy makers in SAARC member countries, with a particular stressed on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for piloting and scaling up of CSA technologies.

All SAARC countries including Maldives will also benefit from capacity building and knowledge sharing activities.