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Advancing climate resilient development for semi-arid farming systems in India

  • 27 May, 2024
  • 16:00-17:30
  • Omnia
  • Wageningen University, Earth Systems and Global Change
  • prof.dr. F (Fulco) Ludwig prof.dr.ir. MPM (Miranda) Meuwissen
  • dr. SE (Saskia) Werners

Climate change threatens agriculture-dependent livelihoods in India’s semi-arid regions. My research investigates strategies to build climate resilience in these farming systems by first developing a context-specific climate resilience assessment framework. This framework emphasizes a multi-pronged approach that integrates monitoring, evaluation, and learning to facilitate adaptive decision-making. Next, stakeholder insights, alongside climate data analysis, revealed specific climate stresses such as increased late monsoon rains and a sharp rise in days exceeding 40°C. Building on these insights, a collaborative approach is adopted to co-create climate-resilient development pathways with Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). This collaborative approach, informed by the emerging climate stresses, and contested aspirations of growth amongst the FPO stakeholders, demonstrates a practical approach to enhance the climate resilience of semi-arid farming systems in India. In conclusion, this thesis provides a comprehensive framework and a practical, dynamic approach to enhance the climate resilience of semi-arid farming systems in India.

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A (Arjuna) Srinidhi MSc

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