Climate Change has emerged as the major destabilising factor of small and marginal farming systems. The woes of small holder farmers have been further aggravated by ever-increasing input costs and dwindling productivity. SAFBIN is an agriculture research and development programme that envisages building resilient and climate-change resistant agriculture models and systems that are suitable for small holder farmers for the purpose of helping the small holder farmers meet the food and nutrition security requirements. The action envisages following a ‘farmer’s collective-lead approach’ to prioritize the concern and involvement of small holder farmers. The processes like participatory mapping/ appraisal/ planning, formation and strengthening of SHF collectives at different levels, OFAR, Farmer-fair/Farmer Field School, Cross-learning, and Community Resource Centre are used to enhance stakes of target groups and final beneficiaries.
OVERALL OBJECTIVE: To promote local food and nutritional securityadaptive small scale farming in 3 rain-fed Agro-Ecological Systems (AES) in India, Nepal and Bangladesh in the context of climate change. through
- To screen and document innovations in traditional Food Production, Distribution and Consumption System (FPDCS) of Small Holder Farmers (SHF) with respect to climate change adaptations.
- To collectivize and/or strengthen SHF institutions for an organized and sustainable approach
- To test potential of SHF-FPDCS models designed through blending traditional and modern innovations for their abilities to adapt, mitigate and ensure nutritional security
- To develop multi-stakeholder monitoring mechanisms for enhancing efficiency of the FPDCS models
- To influence national research and policy agenda for promotion of collectivized SHF-FPDCS to adapt to and mitigate climate change and nutritional security
DIRECT BENEFICIARIES include 270 small holder farmers’ collectives90 villages in (9 districts) 3 vulnerable AESs in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In Madhya Pradesh, SAFBIN is being implemented in 30 villages – 3 clusters of villages in Sagar, Satna and Mandla districts. In Sagar the cluster of villages are in Rehli block. covering 3000 families in
- Formed over 108 farmers’ collectives and institutionalised their functioning
- Conducted over 300 trials on farmer plots in two crop seasons with satisfactory results
- Developed locally viable and profitable agriculture models which are being practiced by farmers
- All trials were combination of good elements of modern and traditional agriculture practices
- Conducted thorough analysis of farmers’ traditional practices and documented them