How can hill tribes in India transition to sustainable agriculture practices amidst climate crisis? To offer pragmatic and environmentally conscious solutions for farmers in North-East India, David Gandhi and his team have adapted the SALT approach. While “slash and burn” or shifting cultivation techniques have been used for generations, they are no longer sustainable due to rising CO2 levels and infrastructure issues. SALT (Sloping Agriculture Land Technology), integrates into farmers’ techniques and lifestyles, and has the added benefit of cost efficiency and being climate smart.
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Speaker: David Gandhi has a Masters’ degree in Agriculture and a keen interest in working with hill farmers to improve their livelihoods. David has worked in hill and mountainous regions across South Asia, Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean. He specializes in sustainable agriculture, soil and water conservation and natural resource management.
For the past two years, David has been living with a remote community of hill farmers of North East India in order to understand their agricultural practices and work with them to find practical and sustainable solutions to the challenges they are facing.
David’s proposal ‘Developing an Alternative to Shifting Cultivation in North East India’ is the Judges and Popular Choice winner of the Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Waste Management 2018 Climate CoLab contest, which is a project of the MIT Centre for Collective Intelligence.