Dr. Suresh Babu, a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Building at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), delivered a presentation titled “Socializing Crop Emergency Guidelines and Interventions for Climate-Smart Agriculture” during a SEADS discussion organized by DPNet Nepal. The presentation discussed the integration of guidelines for crop emergencies and interventions within the context of climate-smart agriculture. The main objectives were to enhance result-based management through provincial capacity building, address emergencies, enhance resilience, and promote long-term development. Key stakeholders, including governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector, were emphasized for effective disaster management and resilience-building due to the impact of crises on food production and livelihoods.
Dr. Babu highlighted the use of SEADS, LEGS manuals, and Humanitarian Standards to design actions at national and provincial levels. This involved strengthening policy and institutional systems, conducting needs assessments, and applying guidelines through case studies and consultations. The El Nino drought of 1992 illustrated the need for adaptive strategies in mitigating crop losses from disasters. The importance of integrating climate-resilient practices in emergency interventions and localizing approaches for long-term development and climate-smart agriculture was emphasized. The presentation concluded by urging a review of existing guidelines, promoting multi-sectoral actions, and utilizing SEADS for climate-resilient agriculture planning and scaling up.
Dr. Suresh Babu