Climate-smart Agriculture reference books launched

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Hon’ble Lyonpo with the Agriculture Director General (Left) and SNV Climate-smart Project Coordinator (Right)

November 30, Thimphu: The Climate-smart Agriculture (CSA) in Bhutan is fairly a new concept towards increasing food production and continue agriculture under climate change scenario through developing a knowledge based climate resilience farms-farmers in a gender inclusive participation.

The major CSA field activities targeted in the various pilot sites under 6 Dzongkhags (Thimphu, Tsirang, Sarpang, Wangdue, Chukha and Samtse) have been adaptation and mitigation strategies focused to capacity building and water management. The pilot sites demonstrations and promotional activities on CSA approach in Bhutan has been an entry point for essential information on how to make CSA part of the solution to the negative effects of climate change. The magnitude and broad scope of the effects of climate change on agricultural systems create a need to ensure inclusive integration into national and local agricultural plans, programs and investments.

The books and the training manuals on CSA were launched by the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji. Also present at the launching were the Agriculture Director General and senior officers from the Ministry and SNV.

The CSA project was supported and facilitated by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Bhutan and implemented jointly by the Department of Agriculture and 6 pilot Dzongkhags from 13 June 2013 until 30 November 2015.

Both books and training manuals are dedicated to the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The 4th Druk Gyalpo. SNV and the Ministry would like to express its sincere gratitude to His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo who has always inspired all of us through his selfless service and visions.

-ICS

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