Climate Change Adaptation
On account of global warming there are climate changes all over the world. In the working area of Kudumbam the major effects of climate change is in the form of unseasonal rains, excess or deficit in rainfall and monsoon failures. The seasonal variations and the continuous droughts are a major cause of concern to agriculture and the livelihood of small and marginal farmers with only rain-fed land. One main reason for the risk the farmers face due to climate change is the present practice of mono cropping with the use of hybrid seeds. They require an ideal climate and rainfall condition, and abundant water supply to give sufficient yield. The ground reality today is just the opposite.
In this scenario farmers have to identify alternatives to the problems posed by weather variations.
Interaction with the affected farmers have made Kudumbam to conclude that identification of native paddy varieties that are adaptive to drought, saline and flood conditions, and increasing the moisture retention capacity of the soil by organic methods will answer the problems in the production phase. Accordingly, Kudumbam have decided upon interventions based on local conditions.
Listen to Mr. Santhanam talking about innovative watering techniques such as sprinkler and drip irrigation.
Our major recommendations for climate change adaption:
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Establishment of rain water harvesting ponds is one way to adapt to climate change
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