Green Agriculture project to address biodiversity conservation, land degradation

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Green Agriculture project to address biodiversity conservation, land degradation

AgriNation News Network

New Delhi. 19 September 2018

The USD 33.5 Million project is being funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and implemented by the GoI (MoAFW and MoEFCC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The project aims to transform agricultural production to generate global environmental benefits by addressing biodiversity conservation, land degradation, climate change mitigation and sustainable forest management. Giving more details of the project, Mr. Konda Reddy, Assistant FAO Representative in India presented the global conservation significance and the issues and the threats to landscapes. He also shared the innovative strategies that the project will adopt to achieve critical results.

The project strives to bring harmony between conservation and development efforts of the country. The project goals synchronise with the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) Strategy Document 2018-30 that focuses on integrated farming systems for climate resilience.

Mr. Tomio Shichiri, FAO representative in his remarks said that the project goals and details by stating that agriculture with its allied sectors, is the largest source of livelihoods in India, with 82% of the country’s farmers being small and marginal. Any effort to increase farmers income and food production should happen within the framework of sustainable management of natural resources to avoid further depletion of water tables, biodiversity and habitat for wild species, and land and soil degradation which have contributed to the environmental crisis facing India today.