Agricultural Project with FAO

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 The government has launched a Global
Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project namely, “Green – Ag: Transforming
Indian Agriculture for global environment benefits and the conservation of
critical biodiversity and forest landscapes” in collaboration with the Food and
Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Key
Highlights

  • The
    project has been launched in high-conservation-value landscapes of five
    States namely (i) Madhya Pradesh: Chambal Landscape, (ii) Mizoram: Dampa
    Landscape, (iii) Odisha: Similipal Landscape, (iv) Rajasthan: Desert
    National Park Landscape and v) Uttarakhand: Corbett-Rajaji Landscape.
  • The
    project seeks to mainstream biodiversity, climate change and sustainable
    land management objectives and practices into Indian agriculture.
  • The
    overall objective of the project is to catalyze transformative change of
    India’s agricultural sector to support achievement of national and global
    environmental benefits and conservation of critical biodiversity and
    forest landscapes.
  • The
    project will support harmonization between India’s agricultural and
    environmental sector priorities and investments.

About
GEF

  • The
    Global Environment Facility was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio
    Earth Summit to help tackle most pressing environmental problems.
  • Since
    then, the GEF has provided over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an
    additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in
    170 countries.
  • GEF
    funds are available to developing countries and countries with economies
    in transition to meet the objectives of the international environmental
    conventions and agreements.
  • GEF
    support is provided to government agencies, civil society organizations,
    private sector companies, research institutions, among the broad diversity
    of potential partners, to implement projects and programs in recipient
    countries.

About
FAO:

  • The
    Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is specialized agency of the
    United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
  • It
    is headquartered at Rome, Italy.

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