Biodiversity and Agriculture are interdependent. Conservation of biodiversity is essential for the sustainable production of food and agriculture products. Sustainable agriculture promotes and is enhanced by biodiversity. We have worked with the G.B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development (An Autonomous Institute of Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India) on areas such as forest ecosystem services, pollination and agro-ecosystems. The project has focused on the conservation of pollinators and associated bee flora for enhancing ecosystem and improved livelihood. It includes an assessment of the diversity of pollinators and bee flora in selected sites, seasonal diversity of pollinators for apple, mustard and coriander crops, beekeeping and honey processing activities. The project activities include training programmes for women groups.
As part of the sustainable agriculture programme, young professionals work on scientific research and innovation, skill development and social entrepreneurship initiatives. Here is a brief overview of some of the programmes:
Promoting organic farming and sustainable harvesting practices and training of women self-help groups in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.
Promoting organic farming of spices and
pulses in Almora, Uttrakhand.
Promoting pine needle briquettes and biogas technology in Almora.
Promoting organic farming and traditional farming practices and skill development.
We organize programmes for professionals working in the agro sector on sustainable agricultural practices. These programmes build awareness and understanding of the conservation of natural resources and its significance in crop production and sustainable farming.
The programme uses assessment tools that give the participants a perspective and understanding of conservation of soil, terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. The programme also addresses organic farming, water conservation and climate-related aspects.