In a world facing the challenges of climate change, adopting smart and resilient agricultural practices is crucial for ensuring food security, sustaining rural livelihoods, and preserving ecosystems.
Farming communities in the Indian Sundarbans live under constant threat of the effects of climate change and challenging value chains. As part of the project, three agricultural learning hubs have been set up in different locations in the Sundarbans to offer smallholder farmers the opportunity to learn how to change to sustainable farming practices that are better adapted to the effects of climate change, diversify their agriculture and value add their produce.
The hubs also serve to preserve and share local seeds particularly for hundreds of paddy varieties. Such indigenous seeds are particularly important in the context of climate change, as they are better suited to withstand the effects of climate change.
Soceo has contributed to the design of the project and is consulting the local team pro-bono to develop entrepreneurial opportunities.