Andhra Pradesh Drought Adaptation Initiative (APDAI) - Lessons from community based adaptation approaches

Report Courtesy : World Bank

The APDAI started in June 2006 and was implemented in two phases. Phase I of the pilot program (June 2006–April 2007) was financed by a World Bankexecuted trust fund. The GoAP launched Phase II (May 2007–June 2009) as a two-year pilot program in collaboration with the World Bank. It was financed by the recipient-executed Japan PHRD Climate Change Initiative Grant (CCIG) of US$961977. The activity closed in December 2009 after a six month extension requested by the Department of Economic Affairs and the GoAP.

The APDAI was set up as a stand-alone pilot initiative in the Department of Rural Development and institutionally linked to the World Bank supported Andhra Pradesh Rural Poverty Reduction Program (APRPRP).

This report presents the impact and lessons learned from the Andhra Pradesh Drought Adaptation Initiative (APDAI). The APDAI was implemented as a package of pilot activities in two dryland districts in Andhra Pradesh (Anantapur and Mahbubnagar) with the aim of developing and testing approaches for natural resource-based economic activities to better respond to current climate variability and long-term consequences of climate change. The report discusses how innovations are being scaled up through integration into regular government programs for greater outreach.