Sustainable Agriculture:
Market Linkages

Karnataka, Maharashtra, Assam, Bihar, Punjab

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Extreme weather is causing significant problems for smallholder farmers and others who depend on agricultural value chains in developing countries. Although value-chain analysis can help untangle the complex relationships within agricultural systems, it often has failed to take into account the effects of climate change. Warming temperatures, increasing droughts and unseasonal rains have rendered farmers helpless. Food security poses a growing challenge for much of the continent. Through Climate Smart Agriculture, these obstacles can be surpassed to give way for a fairer, more sustainable model of agriculture.
This program aims to harness the organic and natural nature of agriculture practised in the selected regions and support the communities in developing a structured value chain and in accessing the right markets to get them fair prices.

Self-Help Groups

with a significant number of women are created. Thus, collaborative decision-making and working encouraged

Reduced chemical fertilizer

and pesticide use and improved soil health.

Local employment

recruitment of project staff and monitors. Training and capacity building of farmers on sustainable agriculture techniques

Background of Project

Climate Smart Agriculture supports increased vegetable cultivation alongside other major crops and encourages conservation tillage and cover crops to reduce soil erosion and runoff. It also encompasses improved cropping practices and opting for organic systems which lead to an array of benefits. This project, through a systematic approach, addresses the risks of transitioning to climate smart agriculture while emphasizing and maximising the benefits, both ecologically, economically and socially for the communities involved.
Formation of Sustainable agriculture chains is a key part of the project.

Location: Karnataka, Bihar, Maharashtra, Assam, Punjab

The Project

Leveraging the inherent high value of the produce and the central women-led nature of agriculture practised in the region, the program mobilizes the mountain and farmer communities to band together to create a steady supply of the harvest. Sustainable market linkages are established to ensure that the communities receive a fair price for their produce.

The Benefits

Promoting the continuation of the traditional natural farming practices in mountain communities dissuade them from switching to utilization of chemical pesticides/fertilizers to boost growth, preserving the ecosystem. Also, ensuring a guaranteed buyback enhances their livelihood opportunities and helps them adapt to the varying demands of climate change, which is so crucial for these vulnerable communities.