Govt launches transformative agricultural project with FAO

The joint project with Food and Agriculture Organisation, seeks to mainstream biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture

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New Delhi: The government has launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project namely, “Green – Ag: Transforming Indian Agriculture for global environment benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The initiative launched during September, 2018 in high-conservation-value landscapes of five states namely Madhya Pradesh (Chambal Landscape), Mizoram (Dampa Landscape), Odisha (Similipal Landscape), Rajasthan (Desert National Park Landscape) and Uttarakhand (Corbett-Rajaji Landscape).

The project seeks to mainstream biodiversity, climate change and sustainable land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture. The overall objective of the project is to catalyze transformative change of India’s agricultural sector to support achievement of national and global environmental benefits and conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes.

The project will support harmonization between India’s agricultural and environmental sector priorities and investments so that the achievement of national and global environmental benefits can be fully realized without compromising India’s ability to strengthen rural livelihoods and meet its food and nutrition security.