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.


  • Appraisal Report of Food production Distribution and Consumption System of Small Holder Farmers of Rajshahi, Natore and Naogaon districts of Bangladesh

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  • 24/08/2014

This publication is a documentation of the primary and secondary appraisals of Food Production Distribution and Consumption System [FPDCS) of Small Holders Farmer (SHF) of 30 villages under three districts (Rajshahi, Natore and Naogaon) of Bangladesh context to climate change.

The main objectives of these appraisals were:

  • To analyze the situation of resource base in these villages (natural, physical, social, human and financial) in general and in the context of food security of SHF in particular in climate change perspective.
  • To identify food security situation particularly the status of production and access and the state of affairs with respect to food insecurity and food handling and management.
  • To identify agriculture situation in these agro-ecosystems in terms of cropping patterns, food-crops and varieties, production, inputs, farming practices, use of energy.
  • To document livestock resources, inputs and production,
  • To analyze vulnerability contexts particularly in the context of climate change to food security in general and for small farmers in particular. While doing so, it also attempts to disaggregate implications on gender and equity wherever possible.
  • To identify adaptation potential in these agro ecosystems, in terms of resource base, as well as traditional knowledge and innovations around resource management.