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

  • Success of Cultivation of adaptive crops in Rainfed area

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  • 15/07/2013

Success of Cultivation of adaptive crops in Rainfed area

Md. Mogibor Rahman (55) lives in Sarmongla village under Paba upazila of Rajshahi district. He left school when he was in class four. His family consists of five members. Mr. Rahman has only 1.33 acre of cultivable land which is under rainfed ecosystem. His livelihood depends on agriculture and agriculture is the main source of income. In his area after harvesting transplanting rice to next T-Amon i.e. from November to June lands become fallow. Thus, his income is hardly enough to feed his family members. He hadn’t idea about crops and technologies to cultivate during the lean season. Mr. Rahaman got involved with SAFBIN project in 2011. Thereafter, he attended different training courses and meetings on crop production in rainfed areas.

After harvesting of T- Amon in 2012 he showed his interest to come with adaptive research on adaptive crops in drought area. As a part of adaptive research he availed input support from the project and cultivated chickpea (BARIchola5) on his 10 decimal land. The crops and variety was newly introduced in his area.  The chickpea is harvested in February 2013 and Mr. Rahman got 105 kg of chickpea. The market price of 105 kg chickpea is about Tk. 6,825. From his production Mr. Rahaman already stored 40kg chickpea as seed and 15 kg for consumption. Moreover has sold rest 50 kg chickpea and purchased 120kg rice.

Mr. Rahman feels happy now. He got new adaptive crops in drought area. He said the chickpea will fulfill plant protein requirement of his family members. He also said that this chickpea also crteated scope to use rainfed fellow land after T-Amon because it doesn’t require suplimentary irrigation. The crops also ensured aditional four months food security of his family members. It als contributing to increase cropping intensity and soil health. He bids his sincere thanks to Caritas and said, “Chickpea plot helped me to be solve drought problem.”