ClimaAdapt: Adaptation through innovation

How should India and other countries adapt their agricultural practices to a changing climate? In a new film, researchers explain how they go about in the ClimaAdapt project when developing new rice growing technologies and undertaking capacity building of farmers. There is growing consensus among the world’s scientific community that our climate is changing.

Countries in the tropics and sub-tropics are particularly vulnerable as extreme weather conditions pose a serious threat to their food security. For India, the rapidly growing economy, climate change and variability may have a negative impact on the well-being of a steadily increasing population, of which the vast majority reside in rural areas and are highly dependent on natural resources for their food, shelter and income.



To address these issues, and find solutions to the climate-related challenges that lie ahead, the ClimaAdapt project was initiated in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu states in 2012. The project, which is a collaborative effort between Bioforsk and several Indian research institutes, aims to develop climate-smart agriculture technologies in India, thereby improving the adaptive capacity of farmers.

In this film, you will see how researchers work together with stakeholders and policy makers to develop methodologies for upscaling selected adaption measures in the three provinces. You will see how the project partners go about in regard to stakeholder involvement and capacity building of farmers, women included.

The film also shows why it is necessary to maintain an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to reach the desired impacts of a project such as ClimaAdapt, which among other things entail stronger science-stakeholder-policy linkages and science based innovative adaptation options.

The film Adaptation through innovation is funded by the ClimaAdapt project, filmed and produced by Bioforsk, and edited by Reelinmotion AS.

Please visit the ClimaAdapt website for more information about the project: ClimaAdapt's project partners are Bioforsk (, IWMI (, TNAU (, WALAMTARI ( and MSSRF ( ClimaAdapt is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, through the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi.