Case StudySafbin

To promote Local Food And Nutritional Security through Adaptive Small scale
Farming in four rainfed AES in South Asia in the context of climate change

  • Multi-fold production increase through SAF-BIN project reported from Madhya Pradesh

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  • 10/09/2015

Jaitu Singh Maravi, a smallholder famer from Bijatola village, Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh, INDIA has increased the production of paddyrice by 250% using climate resilient practices. His family's food security has now increased from 4 months to 10 months. Jaitu Singh is a member of SAF-BIN Smallholder Farmer's Collective (SHFC) for the last 4 years. Sunil Simon, South Asia Programme Manager – SAFBIN shared during the half yearly review of the programme that, similar change stories are emerged from the project and the team is engaged in documenting and generating learnings.

21 participants including farmer leader, village research assistants, associate partners and project team attended the review meeting organized at XIDAS on September 02, 2015. Prior to the review, the team also visited the project villages in Mandla and interacted with the SHFC members. On-Farm Adaptive Research (OFAR) trials are being conducted by 34 SHFCs in Mandla on Paddy, Maize and Kodo millets to address the issues of climate change and food security.

Prof. (Dr.) Thomas Abraham, Nodal officer – SAFBIN, SHIATS shared that success of SAFBIN depends on farmers self reliance by taking their own decisions to solve their own problem “so use your learning and strengthen yourself”. Discussing on the prolonged drought spell during the monsoon season, he shared useful suggestions to farmers for saving their crop. He also suggested that in such situation, farmers should be proactive in selecting more resilient crops to ensure a productive season.



Authorship: Caritas India

Editing: Romana Roschinsky (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)