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Division of Environment and Natural Resources

RESILIENCE: Building Climate Resilience of Indian Smallholders through Sustainable Intensification and Agroecological Farming Systems to Strengthen Food and Nutrition Security

Farmer-led seed production demonstrations. Photo: Udaya Sekhar Nagothu.
Finished Last updated: 28.09.2023
End: dec 2023
Start: oct 2018

The overall goal of the project is to improve agricultural productivity, adaptive capacity and livelihoods of smallholders to climate and economic changes. This will be done by building resilience and strengthening the agri-product market value chains.

Status Active
Start - end date 01.10.2018 - 31.12.2023
Project manager Sekhar Udaya Nagothu
Division Division of Environment and Natural Resources
Department Hydrology and Water Environment
Partners Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, OUAT, Odisha. India Assam Agricultural University, AAU, Assam, India. Indian Council of Agricultural Research - National Rice Research Institute , ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack, Odisha, India. M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation , MSSRF, Chennai Office, India. International Water Management Institute , IWMI, Colombo, Sri Lanka/New Delhi, India, office. Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research , NIBIO, Norway (Coordinator)
Total budget 24,6 mill NOK
Funding source Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi.
The Resilience project expect to enhance women's participation in farm level decision making. Photo: Udaya Sekhar Nagothu.
Seed production. Photo: Udaya Sekhar Nagothu.

The project will be implemented in the two states of Odisha and Assam, located in the east and northeast of India. Measures will be spread out in four districts, where selected climate smart agriculture technologies will be demonstrated and upscaled in close cooperation with farmers and other stakeholders.


Specific objectives

  • To conduct vulnerability assessment and agro-ecological resource mapping;
  • To carry out socially inclusive farmer-led climate-resilient/CSA technologies validation, and farmer-to-farmer (F2F) knowledge exchange;
  • To develop a demand-driven, gender-sensitive knowledge extension system and F2F learning/capacity building;
  • To develop market value chains for selected commodities; and
  • To strengthen science-policy/government linkage, dissemination and outreach.


Expected project outouts

  • Smallholder farmer vulnerability maps;
  • Agro-ecological systems mapping and knowledge database established;
  • Climate smart agriculture technologies toolbox developed;
  • Five village knowledge centres (VKCs) established;
  • Efficient food value chains pathways; and
  • Science-policy linkages improved through regular stakeholder interaction.


Expected project outputs

  • Agricultural productivity of smallholders in Odisha and Assam improved;
  • Number of farmers practicing CSA technologies increased;
  • Women's participation in farm level decision making enhanced;
  • Farmers participation in local institutional activities strengthened; and
  • CSA inputs from the project into state level climate action plans implemented
Farmer led - System of Rice Intensification demonstration in Cuttack, Odisha. Photo: Udaya Sekhar Nagothu.