Rural Community Leaders Combatting Climate Change

This article from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change tells the story of how Indian NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog has created a network of 1,100 women entrepreneurs across India who are promoting clean energy through a complete “ecosystem” approach. Most rural households in India rely on polluting energy sources like firewood and kerosene for their…

Honey with coffee reinforces climate resilience

Honey with coffee reinforces climate resilience

While honey can sweeten coffee for the drinker, coffee farmers of Kodagu district of Karnataka are realising that raising bees for honey in their farms can sweeten their economic returns. It is one of the innovative methods being tried out in the district to provide additional financial incentives to coffee farmers to conserve the landscape they have inherited. This, in turn, can strengthen climate resilience and improve the water flow into the Cauvery. Writes S. Gopikrishna Warrier for India Climate Dialogue.

Climate change measured in coffee rain

Climate change measured in coffee rain

In Kodagu, the changing climate is making rainfall erratic. With erratic rainfall, famers are opting to use irrigation, reducing their need for shade trees. When they let the shade trees die, there is an adverse effect on the water flow into the Cauvery River, as well as climate resilience in the surrounding hills and plains. By S. Gopikrishna Warrier, for India Climate Dialogue. (Photo: Coffee farmer B.B. Thammaiah’s rainfall record, photo by author.)

Bringing coffee back into the shade

Bringing coffee back into the shade

With insufficient rains over the Western Ghats during this year’s southwest monsoon, there is a shortage of water in the reservoirs across the Cauvery in Karnataka. This has led to the flaring of the water sharing dispute with the lower riparian state of Tamil Nadu in the recent days. While this acrimony continues, eco-certification as a form of payment for ecosystem services is becoming popular in Kodagu district, so that coffee farmers protect the forests under which they grow their crop, thereby preserving the water flow into the Cauvery. These measures also help to maintain the climate resilience in the river’s catchment and command. Writes Gopikrishna Warrier for India Climate Dialogue.