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Farmers battle extreme weather in the Andamans

The Andaman and Nicobar islands off India, home to more than 500 small land masses and known for their turquoise beaches and tropical forests, have in recent years faced increasingly extreme weather events. From the 2004 tsunami to severe cyclonic storms, these islands have seen it all. Such extreme weather impacts the livelihoods of farmers living across these islands since agriculture is a key economic driver and source of livelihood for locals. The lack of borewells, canals and dams, large rivers and streams also imposes additional challenges on farmers needing to irrigate land and keep it from being inundated with sea water. Central Island Agriculture Research Institute’s scientists engaged with farmers to protect the land and water and also ensure farmers gained sustainable income through smart climate-resilient farming. Sharada Balasubramanian has this report.

Reporting for this story was supported by a grant through EJN's Bay of Bengal project.