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Agriculture – South Asia

South Asia is still predominantly an agrarian society, where a majority 
of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Rural poverty is higher than urban poverty, reflecting the heavy dependence on natural resources that are directly influenced by changes in weather and climate. However, as What’s in it for South Asia examines, food insecurity related to climate change will also affect urbanising South Asia. The urban poor could experience rises in food prices, as happened in 2007–2008 while certain categories of urban dwellers, such as urban wage labourers, could be particularly vulnerable.

Adaption in South Asia promotes sustainable agricultural practices and appropriate technologies, innovation to address shorter growing seasons, extreme temperatures, droughts and floods, and strategies for dealing with water shortages, food security and loss of livelihoods. What’s in it for South Asia highlights how future policies for adapting to climate change could build on the local and indigenous coping strategies of farmers who have been adapting to climatic risks for generations. Breeding crop varieties suited to high temperatures could also be a promising option for adapting to climate change in South Asia.

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Farmer working her fields

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A farmer working in her fields in Beora, Nepal

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Farmer drying his crop, Nepal-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Farmer drying his crop, Nepal

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A farmer dries his crop in Himachal Pradesh, Nepal

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Two female farmers

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Two female farmers in Nepal

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Burning rice residue, India-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Burning rice residue, India

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The burning of rice residue after harvest to quickly prepare the land for wheat planting near Sangrur, South East Punjab, India

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Farmer with his paddy crop-IPCC-AR5 toolkit-report

Farmer with his paddy crop

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Image of farmer harvesting his paddy crop in India

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Potato farming, India

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Image of woman with the potato harvest in Himachal Pradesh, India.

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Wheat planting, India

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Wheat planting near Sangrur, South East Punjab, India.

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Man with cattle at a river

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A man walks with his cattle in a river in Beora, Nepal

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Deforestation in Bengal, India

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Rice threshing, India

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Goats for selling at the bazaar

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Two goats being sold at a bazaar in India

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Woman in her fields

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A woman walks across her fields in the Rupandehli District, Nepal

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Women stand amongst rubble

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A group of woman stand amongst rubble in the Rupandehi District, Nepal

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Importing timber to India

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