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Climate Smart Agriculture through Building Resilient Food Systems

This project will be implemented by Tananua Foundation in Tabundung and Haharu sub-district of East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. The goal of the project is to improve the reliability and strength of farmer’s agricultural systems through a set of climate smart agricultural measures. The key mechanisms of the project include direct empowerment interventions to farmers and the capacity development of the partner on climate smart agriculture measures.


The impact of global climate change can now be seen at the local levels on Sumba Island, Indonesia. Sumba farmers have been dealing with climate shocks, water stresses and unsustainable production over the last ten years.

In the region there is an urgent need to develop and use types of crop varieties that are resistant to abiotic (climate) stresses such as drought, erratic climate, and flooding, as well as pests and disease resulting from climate change.

This initiative is grounded on a healthy balance between scientifically validated research and practical experience, with elements of experimentation. Therefore, the local partner will be supported and strengthened to deliver a set of anticipatory action plans as this project seeks to improve water management at the farm level.


  • Increased crop harvest (especially corn, rice, peanuts and vegetables) through improved water management system.
  • Increasing the frequency of and the yield of crop production.
  • Increasing water use efficiency and reduced water loss and reduced water stress at plant and animal levels.
  • Increasing water and land conservation through agro-forestry.
  • Local community capacity to build, develop and sustain local seeds systems.
  • Publication of documented smart practices and lessons learned.