Climate Smart Farming

Location of Intervention: Jawhar, Mokhada & Vikramgarh (Palghar District), Maharashtra

Agriculture stands as one of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change, experiencing adverse effects such as rising temperatures, agroecosystem shifts, invasive species, and more frequent extreme weather events. These changes are already impacting crop yields, diminishing the nutritional quality of major cereals, and reducing livestock productivity. Compounding the issue, agriculture contributes significantly to the climate crisis, currently responsible for 19–29% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Tribal indigenous communities are directly in the path of this challenge, prompting an urgent need to intensify our efforts.

The Challenges

  • Small land holdings
  • Limiter water availability with rocky soil
  • Limited flat land with shallow topsoil layer
  • Traditional forest produce gatherers with low exposure to year-round agriculture
  • Extremely poor farmers unable to meet growing costs of farming

Our Approach

Raah is committed to addressing a critical situation by taking action on effective strategies through ecological restoration, promoting biodiversity, and fostering greener livelihoods. 

  • Capacity building of farmers to inform on newer farming techniques, e-governance and digital savvy
  • Introduction of resilient crops that provide better incomes with less vulnerability to market vagaries. 
  • Introduction to crops that need less water; and to adapt and grow in the face of longer-term stresses like shortened seasons and erratic weather patterns.
  • Improve carbon absorption by introducing trees and nitrogen fixing plants that act as carbon sinks
  • Introduction of Vetiver grass on farms that are known to reduce soil erosion while improving soil health
  • Introduction of bio-fertilizers to encourage natural and organic farming

Impact of our Program

reduction in intermittent migration
70- 70 %
average annual income of farmers per acre of land
farmers supported