Smallholder Adaptive Farming and Biodiversity Network (SAFBIN)

SAFBIN is an action research programme from Caritas Organisations to address the issues of climate change and food security of smallholder farmers in South Asia. The programme aiming to achieve SDG 2, is inspired by the achievements and mutual learning process of the Caritas Partners in a successful previous phase of regional programme under the European Union Global Programme on Agriculture Research for Development (ARD).

SAFBIN is a multi-dimensional and multi-sector programme aimed to address the agricultural development challenges of developing and emerging countries. The innovative models piloted by the smallholder farmers from five rainfed Agro-Ecosystems (AES) in South Asia will be scalable and replicable in all similar Agro-Ecosystems. This programme will primarily contribute in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 of United Nations: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture in South Asia”.

The overall programme will benefit about 40000 people living in 165 villages of 21 districts in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. The first phase of the programme will be implemented from April, 2018 in 95 villages of 11 districts, benefiting about 22000 people.

SAFBIN programme follows farmer led collective on-farm adaptive research, farming system and partnership approaches to empower the smallholder farmers in:

Caritas organisations part of this initiative are the official national organisations of the Catholic Bishops' Conference for social development in their respective countries. They are also members of Caritas Internationalis in Rome, which is a global confederation of 165 Catholic organisations working in humanitarian emergencies and international development. Implementing partners in South Asia are the members of Caritas Asia, which is also a strategic partner of this programme.

Caritas India, Caritas Bangladesh, Caritas Nepal and Caritas Pakistan will be implementing this programme in South Asia with the support of Caritas Austria and Caritas Switzerland. They will collaborate and partner with global and national research institutions, national agricultural research system and universities to implement this programme.


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)