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Natural Resources Management

An integrated Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (NRM) approach, addressing the sustainable management of land, water, soil, plants and animals, is critical. Agriculture and NRM interventions have a significant effect on incomes from agricultural livelihoods and will contribute substantively to overall objective to improve quality of life and well-being in target regions. The RAF’s focus will be on climate smart agriculture, enhancing productivity, improving input supply systems thereby improving community resilience. These will be increasingly complemented by efforts to strengthen sustainability and environmental conservation, and to reduce conflicts by incorporating all stakeholders in natural resource management plans.

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Forest Management

Community based and joint forest management interventions will include improvements in land ownership, access and use rights, or health and education through infrastructure development. Strong and effective forest management regimes make communities resilient and able to withstand internal and external shocks, including the uncertain impacts associated with climate change. Communities and smallholders will have access to viable technology to establish and maintain productive forests; knowledge of markets and market access for goods and services, supportive governance and culture.

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Watershed Management

The watershed development programme is an effective tool and potential engine for agriculture growth and development in fragile and marginal rain-fed areas. Watershed management will include partnership with consortium of various institutions such as research, development, government and civil society, working closely with the community, will lead and guide the process and decision making.