ACCESS instituted the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition in 2009, in the memory of Late Sitaram Rao, a Director on the Board of ACCESS and one of the pillars of India's microfinance movement. The Competition was instituted as a pioneering initiative by ACCESS to identify and collate models and practices that have significantly contributed to livelihoods promotion of the poor in India. The Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition therefore aims at bringing together the collective intellect of the sector and assimilating innovative solutions, breakthroughs, good experiences and best practices that help in learning from diverse sector experience and impact poverty reduction. The Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition 2019 is being supported by Vaya Trusts.
The Case Study Competition is organized annually around a specific theme, under which entries are solicited, assessed and the 10 best case studies are brought together into a Case Study Compendium that is released at the Livelihoods India Summit. The theme for this year's Case Study Competition is Climate Smart Agriculture.
Vulnerability to climate change can be correlated to poverty, as the poor have fewer financial and technical resources. They are heavily dependent on climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture and forestry; they often live on marginal land and their economic structures are fragile. India’s agricultural sector faces a significant threat from climate change as scientists record rising temperatures. Economists estimate that climate change has led to a loss of 1.5 percent of India’s GDP. Agriculture continues to remain hugely important for India’s economy, as it engages over 50 % of labour force of the country. Given the dramatic impact climate change will have on agriculture and Indian Economy, it is crucial to promote innovative and sustainable Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices to mitigate risks and reduce losses.
This year, the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods India Case Study Competition invites cases from across the country that provides evidence of sustainable transformation of agriculture sector through CSA approach. The cases could cover (but not limit to) the following elements:
• Management of farms, crops, livestock, aquaculture and capture fisheries
• Landscape or ecosystem management
• Services for farmers and land managers
• Changes in wider food system