In a momentous celebration of regional collaboration and sustainable agriculture, the book “Building Climate Resilience in South Asia: A Synthesis of Climate-Smart Agriculture Technologies and Practices” was officially launched at the grand South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chartered Day event in 2023. The prestigious ceremony, held at the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council’s auditorium in Dhaka on the 10th of December 2023, witnessed the unveiling of this pioneering work by the Honorable Secretary of Agriculture of the Government of Bangladesh, Ms. Wahida Akter, and the Ambassador, Mr. Abdul Motaleb Sarker, Director General, SAARC and BIMSTEC.

This literary milestone is the result of comprehensive inventories undertaken by the ‘Consortium for Scaling up Climate-Smart Agriculture in South Asia (C-SUCSeS)’ project of the SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) in 2022. Spanning across the diverse landscapes of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the book serves as a synthesis, amalgamating insights from individual publications on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) in the region.

Categorizing technologies into five key areas, the synthesis addresses the overarching goal of seamlessly integrating climate adaptation and mitigation strategies into agricultural practices. Its primary focus is to safeguard the pillars of food, nutrition, and livelihood security in the face of a changing climate. The book not only provides a comprehensive overview of agriculture in the SAARC member countries but also dives into the nuanced challenges and opportunities arising from climate change, offering a distinctly South Asian perspective on CSA.

According to the Director of SAC, Dr. Md. Baktear Hossain, this book aims to provide a holistic understanding of the region’s vulnerabilities and innovative approaches to building climate-resilient farming communities in the region.

The SAARC Charter Day launch event was not only a platform for the official introduction of this seminal work but also an occasion to highlight its potential impact on the region’s agricultural landscape. With detailed policy recommendations, the synthesis emerges as a valuable resource, poised to foster regional cooperation and facilitate the widespread adoption of CSA technologies tailored to the unique environmental and climatic conditions of South Asia.

This innovative initiative reflects a collective commitment to advancing sustainable agricultural practices in the South Asian region, and the synthesis stands as a testament to the potential transformative impact of CSA on the future of farming communities across the SAARC nations.

The synthesis of South Asian CSA can be found here: