Sustaining Lives and Livelihood: Fighting Climate Crisis in Rural Communities

Floods highly impact rural communities, especially those living on river banks whose livelihood is highly dependent on agriculture and farming. In addition, modern farming practices relying on hybrid seeds urge farmers to purchase new seeds each season, increasing the costs of food production. In 2010, many farmers lost their lives and crops in a massive flood event and many then decided to abandon seeding during the monsoon season fearing further economic losses. The Climate Justice Programme started in 2014 to create awareness among communities about climate change and foster a political understanding of climate justice and its connection with food sovereignty.