Climate smartness of GIZ soil protection and rehabilitation technologies in Maharashtra, India: rapid assessment report
The CIAT-led project ‘Climate-smart soil protection and rehabilitation in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India and Kenya’, supports the BMZ-GIZ Soil program, and intends to widen the scope of soil protection and rehabilitation for food security by aligning with the goals of CSA. The project builds on CIAT’s expertise in both soil science and CSA. It assesses the climate smartness of selected, GIZ-endorsed soil protection and rehabilitation measures in the five countries because, soil rehabilitation is often evaluated for productivity and food security benefits, with little attention to ‘climate smartness’. Likewise, CSA initiatives have not given due attention to soil protection and rehabilitation, despite their strong potential to contribute to all three pillars of CSA. There is a need to align soil protection and climate-smart agriculture, in implementation of agricultural innovation practices that address soil degradation issues and climate change mitigation and adaptation. This report focuses on the GIZ-supported soil protection and rehabilitation work ongoing in India, and summarizes the result of a first, rapid assessment of the climate smartness of suggested, best-bet technologies to protect or rehabilitate soils.