Gene Campaign

Project Theme

Small Holder Agriculture & Climate Change

Target Group


Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Uttarakhand is one of the poorest and the most climate sensitive mountainous state in India with three-fourths of its total population dependent on agriculture. The area under cultivation is around 14.5 per cent with majority of the agriculture land is rain fed. There is growing evidence that suggests of observed changes in the temperature and soil moisture content having negative impact on the agricultural production of the state. Since the production greatly depends on favorable weather conditions, mainly on the monsoons interval and sufficiency, erratic monsoon quickly translates into huge crop losses – and subsequently threatens the food security of the people. Nearly half of Uttarakhand population lives below the poverty line with majority of the people located in the hilly Districts prone to climate change compared to the plains. Rural poverty in Uttarakhand is estimated at 40.8%, urban poverty at 36.5% and total poverty at 39.6% (Source: Uttarakhand state perspective plan 2009-2027, Watershed Management Directorate, Dehradun and Annual Administrative Progress Report 2008-2009)