IDF projects in the flood-prone areas of north Bihar have focused primarily on introducing flood-friendly agricultural practices, establishing replicable models of preparedness, and educating for climate change adaptation in the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. Interventions have enabled villagers to anticipate disasters, especially floods, using vulnerability mapping to determine where the most at-risk community members are situated and training small teams to carry out rescue operations. Projects have also provided villagers with new skills and techniques, leading to higher productivity in agriculture with less input. In addition, women have become project leaders with support from men, demonstrating an important social transition. IDF also works through Mission DRR, a network of NGOs, to advocate for changes in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change policy at the state level.
IDF’s most notable achievements in this area have been educating flood-prone communities to access public flood relief programs and providing them with simple, low-cost techniques to mitigate losses that they can implement before, during, and after flooding.