Joginder Singh, a 68-year-old farmer in the village of Noopur Bet in Punjab, is among the thousands of farmers in India trying to reconcile the risks posed by a changing climate with their need to improve crop yields to support their families.
Rainfall has been erratic over the past decade, and when it finally arrives, it comes in a few heavy torrents. Heat is stressing crops. Water for irrigation is becoming increasingly depleted.
With oxcarts a familiar sight on the rural horizon on a recent visit with Singh, I was struck that India seems an unlikely place to lead innovations in agricultural resilience and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But India’s farming industry is bolstering resilience and responding to climate challenges through a global food security research project on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
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