Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition 2019, Climate Smart Agriculture- Practices that Impact'

Vulnerability to climate change can be correlated to poverty, as the poor have fewer financial and technical resources. They are heavily dependent on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and forestry; they often live on marginal land and their economic structures are fragile. India’s agricultural sector faces a significant threat from climate change as scientists record rising temperatures. Economists estimate that climate change has led to a loss of 1.5 percent of India’s GDP. Agriculture continues to remain hugely important for India’s economy, as it engages over … % of labour force of the country. Given the dramatic impact climate change will have on agriculture and Indian Economy, it is crucial to promote innovative and sustainable climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices to mitigate risks and reduce losses.

This year, the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition invites cases from across the country that provides evidence of sustainable transformation of the agriculture sector through CSA approach. The cases could cover (but not limit to) the following elements:

1. Management of farms, crops, livestock, aquaculture, and capture fisheries
2. Landscape or ecosystem management
3. Services for farmers and land managers
4. Changes in the wider food system

The case should cover the following points:

1. Agro-climatic zone for which the innovation has been designed
2. Socio-economic condition and needs of the impact group
3. What is the problem that the programme is aiming to address
4. Strategy and approach of programme
5. Innovation adopted
6. Impact of initiative
7. Scale and sustainability of programme
8. Challenges faced and way forward

Eligible Institutions:

1. NGOs
2. Private Sector
3. Government Institutions
4. Public Sector Institutions
5. Educational and Research Institutes

How to Apply:

1. All participants are requested to send the case study abstract, not exceeding 700 words, by September 30, 2018 to
2. The shortlisted candidates will be requested to send the full case study, not exceeding 5000 words, by November 30, 2018
3. Once the final cases are submitted, they will be reviewed and the10 best cases will be selected by a Technical Committee
4. The authors of the 10 best cases will be invited to present their cases before an eminent Jury whereby the top 3 cases will be selected (tentatively in December beginning)
5. The top 3 case study authors will receive cash prizes of Rs. 75,000, Rs. 50,000 and Rs. 25,000 respectively and a compendium of the 10 best cases will be released during the Livelihoods India Conference 2019 (January 28-29, 2019)
6. The Livelihoods Asia Summit registration fee will be waived for the authors of the 10 best case studies.
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