The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - TEEBAgriFood initiative in
17 August 2023
The project established a Project Steering Committee (PSC) to conceptualize, design, and steer the TEEBAgriFood application throughout the project's duration focusing on promoting organic farming and agroforestry in the Ganga basin region of India with the objective of informing decision-making in both public and private sectors involved in the agri-food sector. [...] The TEEBAgriFood Project Steering Committee meetings held on October 2020 identified districts of Tehri Garhwal, Haridwar, Nainital, and Udham Singh Nagar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand for the implementation of the study, based on the rationale of evaluating both plain and hilly areas under the framework. [...] The project strives to work for the livelihood’s enhancement of vulnerable and poor households through the approach of convergence and collaboration, especially in the field of livelihood support through enterprise and business promotion. [...] Scope of bioprospecting Uttarakhand state comprised of Kumaun and Garhwal and a part of Himanchal Pradesh, has unique characteristics of three provinces – the Tibetan in the north, the Upper Gangetic plain in the south, and the eastern Himalayan provinces in the east. [...] The promotion of organic farming will have a significant positive impact on Uttarakhand, both in terms of the long-term sustainability of the state's agriculture and in terms of increased revenue from the sale of the state's premium organic produce on the national and international markets.