Climat Smart Agriculture

Climate smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that helps guide actions to transform agri-food systems towards green and climate resilient practices, built on three pillars:

Increasing agricultural productivity and incomes
Adapting and building resilience to climate change
Reducing and/or removing greenhouse gas emissions

Below three examples how project RECSA contributes to these three pillars.

Increase Production

The collaborative research of Prof Md. Shariful Islam and Salt doctors “Salinity tolerance dynamics in different crop varieties under controlled condition”.

Seawater intrusion leads to elevated  soil- and water salinity in the dry season. Therefore, farmers produce less or no food in the dry season. Some crops are more tolerant to salinity than others. So the yield of farmers could drastically increase, if farmers would only cultivate saline tolerant crops in the dry. In this research Prof. Md. Shariful Islam and Salt Doctors aim to find which crop varieties are most tolerant to salinity.

Adaptation

PhD research of Moriom Mousumi “Need based tailored climate information services to forecast rice diseases”.

Plant diseases are one of the most crucial factors affecting crop production and this problem intensifies due to climate change. With location specific weather information, farmers can prepare for rice disease and thereby limit the and thereby limit the yield loss [ + explanation why]. My research aims at developing need based tailored climate information services to forecast rice diseases in the context of climate smart agriculture.


Mitigation

Project Shamim Mia “Reducing Carbon Food Print in Agriculture through Conservation and Efficient Nutrient Management Practices: A Case Study of Bangladesh”

Globally, agriculture accounts for 10–12% of total anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). However, proper soil management helps to reduce greenhouse gas emmissions, and can even enhance carbon sequestration. In this research, Shamim Mia examine the effect of conservation tillage on green house gas emission. Preliminary results suggests that using conservation tillage instead of convential tillage can reduce green house gas emission with ~25%, without impacting the yield.