Good agricultural practice is key to achieving environmental sustainability as it is crucial that we find ways for farming to adapt and thrive under climate change.
Our approach to agriculture integrates water, land and ecosystem management at a landscape rather than individual level. We use ‘climate-smart agriculture’ (CSA) which is a range of farming techniques that sustainably increase productivity and system resilience while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This approach means that climate change adaptation and mitigation are always central to how we plan and invest in agricultural development.
The three objectives of climate-smart agriculture are:
1. Increase agriculture production and incomes sustainably and equitably.
2. Help food systems and farming livelihoods to be more resilient.
3. Minimise agriculture greenhouse gases emissions.
Resilience and livelihood - Ethiopia project is using SHG group to deliver EES targets, green jobs, restore and protect local environment, and tackle inequality. Chad is stepping up their climate smart agriculture, strengthen market linkage and about to introduce solar irrigation to benefit the farmers. India, Malawi and Rwanda are going to build on their previous resilience work, and use SHG group to deliver EES goals. Bangladesh project is going to work with 40 farmer groups to produce organic produce that is increasingly demanded by local and overseas market. Mali is exploring how to build on its previous resilience work and outwork EES in Fragile States context.