In news: The Hyderabad-based National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) has launched a World Bank-supported training programme of Sustainable Livelihoods and Adaptation to Climate Change (SLACC) to help Rural Poor Farm Holds adapt to Climate Change and sustain their livelihoods.

  • The project has begun for Shivapur and Mandla districts of Madhya Pradesh and Madhubani and Gaya districts of Bihar on a pilot basis. 

Sustainable Livelihoods and Adaptation to Climate Change (SLACC)

  1. The SLACC project is funded by the Special Climate Change Fund, which was set up under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to finance global projects relating to adaptation, technology transfer and capacity building, among other areas.
  2. The SLACC project is being implemented in convergence with the Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and other Centrally-sponsored schemes.
  3. The programme aims to create a cadre of over 200 certified climate-smart' community resource persons and over 100 young professionals in villages, who will combat the impact of climate change and secure their livelihood through climate proof planning and adaptations.
  4. The cadre will further disseminate the climate resilient technologies to farming communities in their respective allocated villages, as assigned by the State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) staff.

National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR)

  • It is an autonomous organisation located in Hyderabad, under the Union Ministry of Rural Development, is a premier national centre of excellence in rural development and Panchayati Raj. 
  • Recognized internationally as one of the UN-ESCAP Centres of Excellence, it builds capacities of rural development functionaries, elected representatives of PRIs, bankers, NGOs and other stakeholders through interrelated activities of training, research and consultancy. 

Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)

  • It is implemented by the Ministry of Rural Development to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as well as to create and sustain their agriculture-based livelihoods.
  • It is a sub component of the Deendayal Antyodaya YojanaNRLM (DAY-NRLM)