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The Gov­ern­ment of Mad­hya Pradesh in India is de­vel­op­ing some 1,100 'Cli­mate-Smart' vil­lages to help farm­ers adapt to cli­mate change and pro­mote sus­tain­able liveli­hoods. Un­der the six-year pro­ject, cost­ing USD 1.5 bil­lion, 100 vil­lages in each of the 11 agro­cli­matic zones of the state will be built. It will help farm­ers to use droughtre­sis­tant seeds, grow short du­ra­tion crops for food se­cu­rity and rely on in­te­grated farm­ing to pre­vent soil ero­sion and re­tain a large amount of wa­ter. The ini­tia­tive is in line with the Na­tional Mis­sion on Sus­tain­able Agri­cul­ture and the Na­tional Agri­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme of India.

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