SAFBIN began its journey in 2011 as a European Union (EU), co-financed five year research for development programme known as Strengthening Adaptive Farming in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The programme titled “Building Resilience to Climate Change through Strengthening Adaptive Small Scale farming system in Rain fed Areas in Bangladesh, India and Nepal” was being implemented by Caritas Bangladesh, Caritas India, Caritas Nepal along with Caritas Austria.
The programme proved to be an effective solution for more than 10,000 smallholder farmers in South Asia that helped them to address climate change and food security challenges. This action research initiative contributed in addressing the climate change challenges and food & nutritional security of more than 10000 smallholder farmers in South Asia. This action was an attempt to fill the gap in research and extension support to Smallholder farmers (SHF) while improving their Food Production, Distribution and Consumption System (FPDCS) in the context of climate change.
After the successful completion of the programme in 2016, Caritas Austria together with Caritas Switzerland came together to continue the work with the Smallholder on a larger scale by including Pakistan. Thus, SAFBIN, renamed Smallholder Adaptive Farming and Bio-Diversity Network (SAFBIN) began its new journey in the Indian Subcontinent reaching out to more Smallholder farmers to improve their production and income through climate adaptive strategies.