DEHRADUN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed Thursday a commitment by the State of Uttarakhand to help agriculture-dependent communities adapt to climate change.
The commitment was reflected in a two-day workshop on climate-change adaptation practices opened (today) by the Governor of Uttarakhand, Her Excellency Margaret Alva. The workshop, ‘Building Resilience Against Climate Change to Ensure Livelihood and Food Security in Uttarakhand’, was organized by WFP in partnership with the state government.
“More frequent droughts and floods are significantly increasing hunger and malnutrition, with a disproportionate impact on the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world’s least developed countries,” said WFP India Representative Mihoko Tamamura.
Nearly half (47.2 per cent) of Uttarakhand’s population live below the poverty line and the majority are located in hilly areas more prone to climate change than the plains. In the past three years, Uttarakhand has received less-than-normal rainfall which has affected crop production and adversely impacted on the livelihood of the almost 78 per cent of the State’s population who are dependent on agriculture.
“WFP has a track record in addressing hunger resulting from weather and climate related phenomena, and we welcome the chance to share some innovative approaches we have developed with governments and other partners,” Tamamura said. These include Vulnerability and Analysis Mapping, and experience in projects related to natural resource management.
On the agenda for the workshop were different adaptation strategies aimed at countering the effects of climate change, which is already taking a toll on Uttarakhand’s unique mountain ecosystem, as well as on the food security of its people. Other subjects under discussion were the impact on forestry, agriculture, energy, and water resources.
Taking part in the workshop were senior officials, elected representatives, experts from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa - New Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology - New Delhi, Doon University, and Uttarakhand Space Application Centre.
For further information:
Nirmala Gupta, WFP/Uttarakhand, Tel. 0135-266-5350, 266-5360
Radhika Srivastava, WFP/Delhi, Tel. 011-46554000, extn: 2620; Mob. 987-1710-646