Scaling up Climate-Smart Agriculture through Mainstreaming Climate-Smart Villages (CSVs) in Bihar
The CSV project, funded by the Government of Bihar, focuses on a variety of climate-smart innovations that can help smallholder farmers adapt to changing weather patterns by planting new crops, rotating crops, and changing planting schedules among other things. Although food loss is a major contributor to climate change, postharvest management was not part of the original project. ADMI worked with Borlaug Institute of South Asia (BISA) to add postharvest management to the project, with support from
The project is actively working with 100 villages across four agro-climatic corridors in Bihar. BISA and partners at Bihar Agricultural University (BAU) and Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University (DRPCAU) lead project activities in their respective corridors.
The CSV project utilizes community-based field investigators (FIs) as local trainers. Each of the three partner institutions works with four to six field investigators, who are responsible for each of the corridors. The FIs work closely on a day-to-day basis with farmers to provide technical assistance on using hermetic bags, storing grain, drying grain and other topics as requested. Field investigators also use technology, including WhatsApp groups, to provide additional services to farmers when face-to-face contact is impossible.
Farmer feedback and technical observations have motivated researchers based at BAU and DRPCAU to engage with Bangladesh Agricultural University about performance and efficiency issues with the STR dryer. Modifications and lab testing on these small-scale dryers to address local needs are currently underway.
The CSV project focuses on three objectives to provide postharvest technologies and information to build climate resilience among farmers in Bihar:
- Provision of grain dryers and drying services
- Subsidized distribution of grain storage bags leading to a sustained distribution system through local entrepreneurs
- Deploying trainers to provide information and training to service providers on postharvest practices and technologies
- 62 village trainings
- 2,846 postharvest trainees, including 1,086 women
- 12 information fairs (kisan ghostis)
- 7,026 bags distributed to 2,818 farmer households
- Knowledge and outreach products including flyers created and distributed
- 20 field investigators providing training and extension services