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Sharing Climate Change knowledge with College students at HARC Naugaon Campus
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Our Vision

“Holistic, integrated & sustainable development of the hill people based on their cultural values, traditions and resources.”

Our Mission

“Empowering people to take their development decisions themselves & build a stable society that is free of social, economic & gender inequity.”

Our Goal

"Provide sustainable food security, socio-economic security and promotion of livelihoods to the rural poor households."

 

Climate Change

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Climate Change is an issue that has brought greatest development challenge to the society. HARC has been working in Uttarakhand since 1988 for the holistic development of the poor and marginal people. Over the years HARC has been promoting developmental activities and motivating the local people to become self-reliant and strengthen their food, social and economic security. The people are integrated into community based organizations; trained and facilitated by HARC in enhancing their livelihood. HARC has carried out various interventions for creating agri and agri allied business opportunities for the rural people of the region to sustain their livelihood through technological interventions and linking them to the local and national market. In last 23 years noticeable changes has occurred in the climate of the mountain region

The livelihood of the mountain population is negatively affected by the adverse impact of climate change on food production. Recent studies and projections on climate change issues paint a dire picture. In highlands of Uttarakhand, climate change has already started affecting the frequency and intensity of rains, increase in the frequency of droughts, and rise in average temperatures, threatening the availability of fresh water for agricultural production. Yields from rain-fed agriculture are beginning to fall by a big margin. The impact of climate change on mountain agriculture has therefore led to a loss of stability in productivity and an overall decline in food production. In Uttarakhand, heavy rains in the last two consecutive years not only adversely affected crops, but also washed away the top soil that would have perhaps run-off in 20 years. To the mountain farmers, this in itself is a major disaster and points to the need for reviving natural agricultural practices and soil & water conservation practices in a fast scale.

In HARC’s experience, the future of livelihood in Himalayan region of Uttarakhand is highly dependent on two critical inter-related factors. The first is the degree to which the farmers can successfully enhance agricultural and total bio-mass productivity by combining their own indigenous knowledge with contemporary technologies and effective natural resource management. The second is the degree to which the people can help each other to adapt to climate change and develop resilience.

Awareness and knowledge building of local communities is imperative to convince them for adopting certain different measures that seek to reduce climate-related risks. Thus HARC has planned to organize a workshop so that the farmers get aware about the climate change issues and get information and knowledge from the experts. The workshop will also provide platform for sharing their views and ideas with each other. This will help in developing understanding on climate change and how the farmers can adapt to climate change and also mitigate the adverse affects of Climate Change.

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“Empowering people to take their development decisions themselves & build a stable society that is free of social, economic & gender inequity.”

“Holistic, integrated & sustainable development of the hill people based on their cultural values, traditions and resources.”

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