Adapting to climate change in Agriculture: Building resiliency with an effective policy frame in SAT India uri icon

abstract

  • Climate change has emerged as the biggest threatto livelihood sustainability of our times, posingan imminent danger to our food security and achallenge for improving agricultural productivity.Presently, scientists are identifying and refi ningthe projections of future location specifi c climatescenarios that farmers might have to deal with.In India, annual mean surface air temperatureis projected to rise by 1.7°C to 2.0°C by 2030(INCCA 2010). These projections further implythat there can be a predicted decrease in rainydays in most parts of the Indian subcontinent by2030.Climate Change projections for the coming 50to 100 years are alarming. Indian agriculturewill have to face these climatic changes in thecoming decades. The semi-arid tropics (SAT) ofIndia already face multiple challenges of low anduncertain rainfall, poor soil fertility, inadequateinfrastructure, high population pressure as wellas high levels of poverty. The future governmentsof India must grapple with the changed climateand associated productivity decline while at thesame time meeting the demands of increasingproductivity in order to feed the increasingpopulation

publication date

  • 2012