Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
The project will target to benefit smallholders focusing on women farmers, as well as researchers, extension workers, and policy makers in SAARC member countries, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka for piloting and scaling up of CSA technologies. All SAARC countries including Maldives will also benefit from capacity building and knowledge sharing activities.
South Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions in terms of climate change impacts. Though much of its population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood, estimates show that South Asia could lose between 10 to 50 percent of crop production by the end of the century due to global warming.
To integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies with the overarching goal of ensuring food, nutrition, and livelihood security, the SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and SAARC Development Fund (SDF) have collaborated to establish the Consortium for Scaling-up Climate Smart Agriculture in South Asia (C-SUCSeS).
The consortium will foster partnership and cooperation to provide support on:
1) accelerating the identification and scaling-up of viable CSA interventions through national policies and programs in South Asia
(2) setting-up effective and efficient mechanisms for knowledge sharing, policy dialogue, and cooperation in R&D programs among SAARC countries on CSA.
On November 24, 2021, an official launch of the project was organized in BARC Complex. During the event, SAARC member states outlined their roles and responsibilities for implementing the project. The event also highlighted the importance of regional cooperation in promoting sustainable and resilient agricultural intensification in South Asia.
The consortium has kicked-off with an initial pilot investment of about USD 3.1 million provided by IFAD, SAC, IFPRI and SDF. The partner organizations believe that the size of investment will grow in the coming years. The partnership would focus on promoting sustainable and resilient agricultural intensification in South Asia through building the capacity of institutions and enhancing skills, to scale-up climate smart strategies and technologies. The SAARC Agricultural Centre (SAC) has the responsibility to promote and support regional cooperation among SAARC Member States (SMS) in fostering sustainable and resilient agricultural adaptation in South Asia. Currently cross border cooperation between national agricultural research and extension systems (NARES) in South Asia has largely remained constrained due to lack of capacity and in some instances, by political tensions precluding access to opportunities.