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Adaptation and Resilience

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15th July, 2014

Is There a Trade-Off between Agricultural Development, Adaptation and Mitigation?

Ashwini K Swain

Introduction

India’s long-standing official position in global climate negotiations has been that any discussion on agriculture must be held in the realm of adaptation, not mitigation. The government considers the sector a clear out-of-bounds sector with respect to emissions reduction as agriculture is a sensitive issue and pursing mitigation may produce negative impacts on peoples’ livelihoods. Is this apprehension sound? Is there any trade-off between agricultural development, adaptation and mitigation?

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