Credit: Amrita Gupta
More than 500 million people in South Asia depend directly on the Himalayas for their survival. But this fragile mountain eco-system is particularly sensitive to climate change. In regions like Uttarakhand, India, the effects of global warming have manifested rapidly and are only predicted to intensify, with far-reaching impacts on food and water security.
In this episode, the second of a three-part series, reporter Amrita Gupta explores some of the different ways that communities and state-supported researchers are attempting to adapt in the face of climate change.
One non-profit near Almora, the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group, encourages farmers to grow herbs that don't appeal to wildlife, like sage, oregano, and thyme, to prevent crop raiding by wild boars and monkeys.
In Tipli, villagers have constructed a digital weather station to help them better monitor changing weather patterns. Elsewhere, some farmers have replaced traditional crops like apples with new ones.
Umang, a collective of women’s self-help groups based in the Kumaon region of Ranikhet, sources fruits like guavas, limes, kiwi, oranges and mangoes from around 200 orchards nearby. These fruits didn’t traditionally grow in these altitudes, but the women, like those pictured here, are happy they do now. After all, traditional or not, there is a market for their jams, they say.
"Mango chutney and apricot are very tasty, my favourites. We eat it at home – it’s organic no preservatives." - Basanti Pawar, who leads the jam processing unit in Almora.
This report was produced with the support of the Earth Journalism Network. To hear the full story, click on the audio link above.