Effect of Climate Change on Agriculture and Indigenous People-A Focus On Himachal Pradesh, India.

Date and Time: 
Friday, 17 May, 2013 - 15:00 to 15:20
SEHGAL, Anju Batta Himachal Pradesh University, Associate Professor in Government Post-Graduate College Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India.


Climate change is a major challenge in terms of agriculture, food security and rural livelihood for thousands of people especially the poor in Himachal, which falls in North-Western Himalayas. Agriculture contributes over 45 per cent to net state domestic product. It is the main source of income and employment. Over 93 per cent of population is dependent on agriculture which provides direct employment to 71 percent of its people. Area of operation holding is about 9,79 lakh hectares owned by 9.14 lakh farmers. About 80 per cent area is rain fed and farmers depend on weather gods for rains Region is home of diverse ethnic communities having enormous socio-economic and cultural diversities, gifted with range of farming systems and rich resource wealth, including biodiversity, hot spots and ecosystems sustaining million of people living in the region. But growing demands of ecosystem goods and services are posing threats to natural resources.