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15 September 2022, 13:00 - 15:00 Indian Standard Time | By invitation only


The burning of crop residue is one of the key reasons for creating severe air pollution in certain countries of South Asia. It affects people's health, contributes to climate change with the emission of Greenhouse Gases and affects agricultural production and food security by deteriorating soil health. Crop straw yield has kept growing and maintaining a high level with the agricultural productivity development in South Asia. The lack of suitable agricultural technology and machinery to sustainably utilize the straw or promote its recycled usage has led to their burning, which has caused a very high level of air pollution, including through transboundary sources, in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

ESCAP’s Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (CSAM) in collaboration with its network of institutions have carried out national studies for Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to better understand the status of crop residue management in these countries, identify gaps and opportunities, collect good practices/technologies of straw management (with particular emphasis on mechanization-based solutions), and design action plans for interventions. A subregional report is also being developed to explore key actions and the possibility of having a subregional framework for cooperation to promote sustainable and integrated management of straw residues.

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia +91 11 3097 3700 [email protected]
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