20 Oct, 2023
Agroforestry plays a crucial role in enhancing food security, promoting biodiversity, and alleviating poverty. The state of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) is one of India's largest and most densely populated states situated in the Indo-Gangetic Plain with substantial agrarian communities. It grapples with various challenges such as water scarcity, land degradation, and vulnerability to climate aberration. In response to these challenges, successful agroforestry models based on poplar and eucalyptus have been successfully demonstrated in western U.P. To drive a transformative impact on the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in the state, there is a need to introduce location-specific agroforestry systems in other regions of U.P.
In line with these efforts, the Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystem Services (FES) Project, in collaboration with the Government (GoUP) and the Forest Department (UPFD) of U.P., organised a one-day state level workshop on 20 October 2023. The hon’ble State Minister (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department, GoUP, Dr. Arun Kumar Saxena graced the event as the chief guest. The objective of the workshop was to facilitate mutual learning on the current state of agroforestry in U.P., the demonstration of location-specific agroforestry systems, and the market mechanisms to enhance farmers' income. The workshop witnessed participation of over 150 people, including representatives from the Forest Department from across the state, policymakers, research institutions, and farmers.
Key takeaways from the event:
In their concluding remarks, Mr. Sudhir Kumar Sharma, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Head of Forest Force (HoFF), and Mr. Anjani Kumar Acharya, PCCF (Wildlife)/ CWW highlighted the importance of agroforestry in diversifying the livelihoods of farmers and increasing tree cover, contributing to climate change mitigation. They also acknowledged the contribution of GIZ India’s FES Project and the overall support from the Indo-German development partnership within the state of U.P.
Lighting of the lamp to inaugurate the workshop | © GIZ/Jyoti Kashyap
Farmer participants during the workshop | © GIZ/Jyoti Kashyap
Chief Guest’s address by Dr. Arun Kumar Saxena, Hon’ble State Minister Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department, GoUP | © GIZ/Jyoti Kashyap
Integrating the lessons from HP-FES, a follow-up project on ‘Sustainable Management of Forest Ecosystem Services (FES)’ is being implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, State Forest Departments of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and GIZ India on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It aims to strengthen forest and agroforest management to integrate the Forest Ecosystem Services approach with a focus on water availability. Read More
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