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

  • Naphtalene as alternative pesticide against rice insects

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  • 22/04/2012

Kumroil is a SAF-BIN project villate in Natore district, Bangladesh. 80% of the villagers depend on agriculture. The main food crops of this village are rice, wheat, mung bean, eggplant, and green chilly. The threats and vulnerabilities of the agricultural production are increasing due to climate change.During the participatory rural appraisal conducted un the initial stage of SAF-BIN project, information on the local climate change and food security context revealed, that  the main local problem is the increase of diseases and insects that damage crops due to the more and more erratic rainfall and increasing temperatures. The villagers stated that to overcome this problem they mainly depend on chemical fertilizer and pesticide dealers. To manage and control insects they use different types of chemicals which increases their production cost .

During a screening workshop conducted on April 19, 2012 best practices and local innovation were investigates.  During this workshop one of the villagers, Md. Rafiquel Islam (55), reported that he is using his own innovation to protect his paddy field from the rice steam borer. Md. Isalm uses naphthalene as insecticide. He plants jute sticks into the ground around 20-25 days after transplanting and puts naphthalene balls on to of these sticks. He uses 5-8 stick in 33 decimal of land. Besides that he broadcasts naphthalene during first urea top dressing. Upon observing the result of this technology around 40% of the farmers of this village are using the same technology.  During the workshop the villagers stated that they have realized better result compared to other insecticides. Now the farmers are trying to expand this technology on other crops. The farmers expect that they will get better result using this technology.


Authorship: Caritas Bangladesh

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