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

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

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 to reduce the exposure to extreme rainfall events and also for agriculture for planning for regions of varying predictability. These forecasts, provided by local weather services and increasingly by international institutions and regional scientific agencies, can be used in decision making to reduce climate risk, provided that risks factors and associated uncertainties are well identified, characterized, and prioritized. Management decisions and scenario analyses to improve productivity, stability, profitability and safety can be addressed. CaFFSA will innovate in the delivery of climate services to 330,000 farm households in India and 150,000 fish farming households in Bangladesh. Timely, reliable and contextualized climate information will profoundly change the climate risk equation in sectors that underpin food security of millions, building on existing expertise of CGIAR and partnerships with national agencies, agricultural service and credit institutions. Products will be designed to be scalable, with innovative delivery by established private companies (e.g. Microsoft) and start-up agri-tech companies (e.g. Kalgudi) and by leveraging national partnerships in Bangladesh, to reach more that 0.6 m people by 2021.