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Capacitating Farmers and Fishers to manage climate risks in South Asia (CaFFSA)

Farmer with Plantix phone. Photo: S. Rupavatharam (ICRISAT)


Project description

Climate variability has a profound influence on fisheries and agriculture in South Asia, including service industry and value chains. Progress in weather and sub-seasonal/seasonal forecasting has significantly increased the information available for agricultural planning in regions where weather is unpredictable. Forecasts are essential in identifying, characterising, and prioritising climate related risks and uncertainties underpinning food security for millions and should be a fundamental part of management decisions and scenario analysis related to agricultural productivity, stability, profitability, and safety. The Capacitating Farmers and Fishers to manage climate risks in South Asia (CaFFSA) project is innovating scalable products that can reliably deliver climate services to 330,000 farm households in India and 150,000 fish farming households in Bangladesh. Through its partnerships with national agencies, agricultural service and credit institutions, the CaFFSA project aims to reach more than 600,000 people by 2021.


  • Climate information and early warning for risk management
  • Climate information and advisory services for farmers
  • Weather-related agricultural insurance products and program
  • Climate services investment planning and policy

Project Timeline:

Jan 2019 – December 2021

Expected outcomes

  • A scalable operationalized ICT based delivery systems for communicating site specific climate information.
  • Training modules, outreach programs to enhance the capacity of farmers and their support agents in understanding and high impact journal paper - managing climate risk in fisheries and aquaculture operations in South Asia
  • Impact evaluation of digital platform for climate information delivery

Gender and youth 

In South Asia, women are often responsible for the decisions made around farm operations (e.g. enterprise selection, operations, input investments etc). In many cases however, women may not have easy or equitable access to relevant climate information. How to overcome this constraint has been informed by the project teams previous work and incorporated into the design of the project.


More information 

For more information, please contact project leaders Dr. Anthony Whitbread, ICRISAT ( and Dr. Michael Phillips, WorldFish (Email:

Funding for this project is provided by:

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