Climate Action

Climate Smart Agriculture

Agriculture is most vulnerable to climate change. Climate change’s negative impacts are already being felt, in the form of increasing temperatures, weather variability, shifting agroecosystem boundaries, invasive crops and pests, and more frequent extreme weather events. On farms, climate change is reducing crop yields, the nutritional quality of major cereals, and lowering livestock productivity.
Agriculture is a major part of the climate problem. It currently generates 19–29% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Climate smart agriculture at Raah Foundation works on the following three premise:

  • Increased productivity: Our small and marginal poor tribal farmers reply on agriculture for their livelihoods. It is hence important to produce more and better food to improve nutrition security and boost incomes
  • Enhanced resilience: Reduce vulnerability to drought, and other climate-related risks and shocks by introducing crops that need less water; and improve capacity to adapt and grow in the face of longer-term stresses like shortened seasons and erratic weather patterns.
  • Improved carbon absorption: Introduce trees and nitrogen fixing plants that can act as carbon sinks.

Our Challenges:

  • Small land holdings
  • Limiter water availability
  • Limited flat land
  • Low soil depth
  • Rocky soil
  • Traditional forest produce gatherers with low exposure to year round agriculture
  • Extremely poor farmers unwilling to make any financial contribution

Our Solutions:

  • Multiple customised solutions to suit every situation
  • Capacity building of farmers to bring in sustainability in the project
  • Introducing crops that are resilient and have potential for better income and ones that are less vulnerable to market vagaries.
  • Introduce Vetiver grass on farms that are known to reduce soil erosion while improving soil health.
  • Introducing farmers to bio fertiliser and wean them away from using harmful chemicals
  • Support farmers with egovernance and make them financially and digitally savvy.

Our Agriculture Footprint

Number of farmers in the program 2500

Land bought under cultivation 2000 acres

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Number of farmers being provided with supplementary support 2500

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