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Farm Sector Policy Department
1. Genesis
 
Farm Sector Policy Department (FSPD) is carved out of the erstwhile Development Policy Department with the primary focus on formulation of appropriate policies concerning agriculture and allied sector activities, natural resources management, climate change, etc., within the overall policy frame work of Government of India. The important objectives of the Department encompass drawing appropriate operational guidelines for implementation of such policies through credit, promotional and developmental interventions. The Department also experiments with pilots for testing new ideas, technologies and models. On being successful, such pilots are upscaled through replication in other areas/region of country.
 
2. Core functions of the Department
 
A. Policy   
 
  • Formulating policies in alignment with Government policies and programmes on Climate Change, Agriculture and Agriculture Risk Mitigation, Farmers Club, Environmental, Social and Gender Issues;
  • Review of existing policies concerning development of agriculture and allied sector;
  • Framing appropriate operational guidelines for implementation of such policies through credit, promotional and developmental interventions;
  • Attempt for development of policy, design of intervention for reducing risks in agriculture. Appraisal of environmental and social risk and analyzing the Social Cost Benefit of proposal posing to Adaptation Fund, Green Climate Fund and National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change;  
  • Foster digitization of data/information pertaining to different programmes’/ products;
  • Collaborating with developmental institutions of relevance.
B. Climate Change 
 
  • Under its Climate Change agenda, NABARD aims to address the challenges posed by climate change, particularly in the areas of agriculture and rural livelihood sectors in India.
  • NABARD in the capacity of National Implementing Entity (NIE) of Adaptation Fund (AF) and National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) and Direct Access Entity (DAE) of Green Climate Fund (GCF) aims to channelize national, international and private finances for adaptation and mitigation activities in India.
  • NABARD performs a role in facilitating identification of project ideas/concepts based on State Action Plan for Climate Change (SAPCC) and its implementation with an objective to promote climate resilient and sustainable development.
  • Capacity building and sensitization of stakeholders including State Governments, institution’s own staff and partner institutions on climate finance and accessing resources from National and International funding mechanisms.
C. Technical Advisory Group 
 
  • Providing technical inputs and advisory services/ technical opinion/ comments on various policy matters in the areas of agriculture and allied sectors to Central/ State Governments, Banks and Other Organizations;
  • Preparing of model schemes/ bankable model projects and unit costs in the areas of agriculture and allied sectors;
  • Preparing strategy papers/sectoral papers in the areas of agriculture and allied sectors;
  • Participating on various technical committees/meetings/ conferences/ seminars in national and international level.

3. Broad Achievements of the Department at a national level:
 (As on 31 March 2020)
 
A. Climate Change - projects 
 
Under Adaptation Fund (AF), six projects were approved by AFB with a total outlay of US$9.8 million, benefitting 57,802 vulnerable people in six States viz. West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu & Rajasthan, thereby exhausted the country cap of USD 10.0 million fixed by Adaptation Fund Board on an interim basis. The projects are indifferent stages of implementation.
Projects details are available at: 
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  • NABARD was accredited as Direct Access Entity (DAE) in the 10th Board meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in July 2015. NABARD is eligible to submit large size projects having outlay of more than USD 250 million. Under GCF, two proposals submitted by NABARD were sanctioned by GCF Board.
     
    The details of the projects are as under:
     
     
    SN Name of the Project Executing Entity total project outlay(USD) Project Co-Financing details(in USD) Grant/Loan
    1 Line of credit for solar rooftop segment for commercial, industrial and residential housing sectors Tata Cleantech Capital Limited (TCCL) 250 million GCF- 100 Loan
    TCCL- 100 senior Loans
    Project Developer’s equity- 50 Equity
    2 Ground water recharge & solar micro-irrigation to ensure food security and enhance resilience in vulnerable areas of Odisha Deptt of Water Resources, Govt of Odisha 166.3 million GCF- 34.35 Grant
    World Bank- 7.1 million Loan
    State Convergence fund and community- 124.9 million Grant/co financing
Projects details are available at: 
 
https://www.nabard.org/content1.aspx?id=584&catid=8&mid=489
  • Under National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC), 30 projects with total grant assistance of Rs.847.47 cr. was sanctioned to 25 States (viz. Punjab, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Assam, Maharasthra, Gujarat, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh and two UTs viz. Puducherry & Jammu. The implementation of NAFCC projects would address climate change related impact on major sectors like water management, agriculture, livestock, coastal and forest eco-system. Apart from 28 state/ UT specific -projects, two multi-state projects are also under implementation. One Regional Project on ‘Climate Resilience Building in Rural Areas through Crop Residue Management” with aggregate grant assistance of Rs.120.66 cr. is being implemented in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan states. Second, A multi-state project on ‘Restoration of degraded landscapes to natural state of ecosystem for climate resilience and livelihood improvement of vulnerable communities’ with grant assistance of Rs. 126. 10 crore is being implemented in Rajasthan, Telangana and Maharashtra States.
https://www.nabard.org/content1.aspx?id=585&catid=8&mid=489
 
B. Centre for Climate Change 
 
  • The Centre for Climate Change setup by NABARD was formally inaugurated on 20 July 2018 at BIRD, Lucknow.  The objectives of the Centre are to address capacity building needs of the stakeholders concerned, policy advocacy, promoting national and international collaboration by bringing in the knowledge, technology and finance for addressing the climate change related challenges and harnessing the opportunities emerging from climate change, particularly in rural areas and for vulnerable communities. 
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C.  Climate Change Fund 
 
Climate Change Fund (CCF) was set up in the year 2015-16 with the outlay of Rs 5 crore from out of profit of NABARD. The Fund is proposed to be augmented every year and the balance outstanding as on 31 March 20109 was 20.0 crore. The Fund is being used for promoting and supporting activities relating to Climate Change. Various interventions that would further NABARD’s interest in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation will receive priority under the fund. The cumulative disbursement during the FY 2019-20 stood at Rs. 1.22 Crore from the CCF.
 
D. Policy   
 
  • Issue guidelines for ensuring implementation of Environmental, Social and Gender Policy of NABARD;
  • Issued guidelines on Gender Action Plan for the period 2020-25;
  • Issued guidelines on Development and Financing of Beekeeping and Bamboo Value Chain;
  • Issued guidelines on promotion of Local Organic Farmers’ Group;
  • Establishment of National Level Farmers Consultative Group to facilitate interaction with farmers for enhanced understanding of policy issues;

E.   Technical Advisory Group 
 
  • Central Technical Advisory Group (C-TAG) has been constituted at Head Office under eleven major disciplines of agriculture and allied sectors.
  • Regional Technical Advisory Groups (R-TAG) has been constituted at 10 major ROs by pooling the resources available at these regions
  • Prepared seven National Sectoral papers, fifty-two model bankable projects and state-wise unit costs.
4.  Ongoing Projects and Schemes 
 
  • Under Adaptation Fund (AF), six projects are under implementation in the states of West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu & Rajasthan.
  • Under National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC), thrity projects from the states viz. Punjab, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Assam, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh  and two UTs viz. Puducherry & Jammu are under implementation. 
  • Under the Green Climate Fund (GCF) two projects are under implementation, one in Odisha and one with pan India coverage.
  • Pilot projects viz. “Krishak Samriddhi – an Income Enhancement Initiatives” is under implementation in 45 villages of five districts of Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana and Odisha.
  • Pilot projects on Zero Budget Natural Farming is being implemented in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttarakhand.
5.  Additional Information
 
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Or contact our Regional Offices. 
 
 
Contact Information:
 
Shri Nilay D Kapoor
Chief General Manager
5th Floor, 'A' Wing
C-24, 'G' Block
Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East)
Mumbai 400 051 
Tel: (91) 022-2653 0094
Fax: (91) 022 – 2653 0012