Policy makers, domain majors, subject experts with delegates from core agri agencies attended the Conference
Hon'ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, GoI
The Hon'ble Minister Shri Kailash Choudhary spoke: "Rain-fed areas once, have no rains now, the time by which winter used to set in is not the time now the winter actually sets in. Indian farming sector has 80-85% small and medium farmers, and it is essential to improve their economic conditions, find market for their produce, getting them good rate. We are seriously thinking about the farming community, and the reason for all of us to assemble by way of GAC19 Conference is because of our concern to farmers. It is necessary for all of us to do whatever possible to improve the economic conditions of the farmers. The Government of India has come out with numerous schemes and plans to help the farmers, and by 2022 it is envisaged to double the farmers' income."
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Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture
Much of the problems in India is because of very rudimentary, very old-fashioned policies that we are adopting and we need to do a lot more to change on the policy front, to change the scenario and tackle both the adaptation part as well as the mitigation part of Climate Change. Some stability in production, some stability in the income of the farmers and assurance to the consumers that they will not be starving
Head – Agri & IT Business
Extreme weather episodes have become the norm now. The amount of rainfall that we have been getting is no less, but we have been getting all that rain in far fewer days which has one kind of an impact. More often we have the impact of heavy rains and hailstorms than even droughts in the recent past. All these are either delaying planting, impacting the yield or standing crops getting damaged in terms of quality or productivity.
Everywhere there is water distress. There is a great response when we talk about adopting technology in terms of water use efficiently, e.g. the proliferation of drip irrigation and sprinklers. We are not creating enough disincentives in the system to wean away farmers from the flood irrigation system, or the crops that required flood irrigation or the thought that even traditionally the crops which have been using the flood irrigation methodologies can actually switch from flood irrigation to less water use systems.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited
EESL has created a new way, a new paradigm of delivery services to the people, virtually to all sectors, and agriculture and farming are the focussed areas of EESL. There are two sides of Climate Smart Agriculture - one is the Adaptation part - major organizations like NABARD is concentrating on it - and the second is the Mitigation part - that's where EESL is concentrating on.
A lot of good work are being carried out by many agencies in the area of climate, yet the fact remains that a lot of this work happens in silos and in limited boundations and therefore the same are not finding a cohesive impact. If we look across the world, the fanstastic models of collaborative structures can be seen where the government, researchers and academia, private sector, civil society organziations were all came together and built up a strong narrative and action on the ground level collaboration.
Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for
Global Food Security
Academic Associate McGill University,Canada
We believe that farmers are innovators. We need not decide on their requirement, We need to ask them to tell us what they need. Our role is to help them achieve their priorities. 90% of food produced worldwide is produced by small holder farmers.
Country Relations and Business Affairs
Agricuolture is not only being impacted by climate change, agriculture also contributes a lot to the Green House Gas Emissions. India is a signatory to Paris Agreement, and we have already submitted our second biennial report last year. As per 2010 report, the GHG emission in agriculture account for about 18%. So, precisely 17.6% of GHG emissions come from the agriculture sector.
National Rainfed Authority and Chairman Committee of Doubling of Farmers Income
The biggest challenge that all of us face in this country is how to converge the efforts, the resources towards synergic outcome.
What we at ICRG we believe that resilience is not just building better structures, but it is also resilience of the livelihood of the people who are depended on that structure. MGNREGA is the world’s large social protection program which allows 100 days of wage employment to anybody who demands unskilled labour.
Climate Change Expert
We as people in this city need to start focusing on how do we promote millets and replace rice and wheat into more proven climate resilient crops from our consumption point of view. So, we should drive the change rather than expecting farmers to just randomly change Change of consumption pattern from the urban centres is something that we all need to focus on.
Emami Agrotech Ltd
Climate Smart Agriculture also comes in managing agri business by understanding all the inter-linkages, but that is where the complexities start, as the linkages are too many So it has to be balanced between all the issues. We have to keep the farmer in front of the economic activity and the rest all should support.
Head Circular Economy, United Nations Development Economy, UNDP
We are trying to build our trustworthy relationship with multi stakeholders. Every stakeholder has his interest and influence in partnership. This interest and influence sometimes is missed out by the people who are basically in the implementing front. We are trying to build our trustworthy relationship with our stakeholders. We are more concerned about what is my branding, my ethics, my governance and my systems.
MD & CEO
In this conference, we have been witnessing and listening to people sharing their stories on the efforts they have made, and I call this as investment because these are not just to be measured with the capital invested but also the time, the passion and the number of people engaged in it to know how the crops are produced and converted into food and reaches to the consumers and the consumers are airing their voices by sending messages down back to the farmer what they want, to know about what has been produced.
Chief General Manager
Increasing productivity, enhancing resilience to climate risk and reducing GHG emission - any agriculture practice which has the component of all these three will be termed as climate smart agriculture.
CIMMYT Asia Regional Representative & MD, Borlaug Institute for South Asia
Climate Change is expected to adversely affect the small & marginal farmers. We need to invest on seed. Seed means genetics, genetics means DNA, if you have strong DNA, you are powerful. Same is about the plants also.
Project Management Specialist, Food Security Office, USAID.
The Food Security Office of USAID is engaged with different partnerships, with different approach. One such is with a private sector company called Skymet, which is reaching out over 80,000 farmers in nine States of India, or to be more specific 31 districts of India. It is a very unique project in the sense that as here we are working with a private sector – they have co-invested in the project.
Director, Sustainable Agriculture Program, WWF-India
Globally the agriculture is causing a lot of deforestation and the best example is Amazon and Borneo in so far as soyabean cultivataion is concerned. Soyabean causes a lot of deforestation because of which a lot of distraction happens in the environment.
Executive Director & Head, Rabo Bank
We need to de-jargonize climate smart agriculture and climate change issues. We use terms like resilience, adaptation, mitigation, climate smart issues. It is not easily understood by the stakeholders. It is extremely important to talk about water issues, weather issues; only then we will get the right stakeholder.
Executive Director & CEO-Sugar Business, DCM Shriram Ltd.
We have created a multistake holder partnership. The partners are right from multilateral agencies like IFC, NGOs like Solidaridad, Corporates Like Coca-Cola, and Technologists like Cropin, New Holland, etc We have been able to save 275 billion litres of water in last 3 years in our agriculture operations which has been validated by the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research
Senior Consultant, Climate Change Portfolio, Oxford Policy Management.
Talking on the climate resilience aspect of agriculture, Oxford Policy Management have piloted different ways of scaling up climate resilient agriculture. So we developed and approached and focused on different process of agriculture value chain.
Co-Founder & CEO, Cropin
We are a technology company and what we are believing in and what we are committed to is to give best in class technology into the agriculture sector. The sector which has not seen it transform in a holistic manner using technology; that’s what we are bringing to table. Different organizations, government sector, development bodies, private sectors are in a different growth path for technology adoption.
Olam Agro India Ltd
By 2050 the global population is going to cross 10 billion mark. To feed that population, we need to double the foodgrain production. But the way we are doing our agriculture today, i.e. we are completely depleting the resources, whether it is soil or water, or we are polluting the environment.
, Executive Vice President of Business Strategy
NCDEX & COO. MICR
At the end of the day the farmers do not get the right price or cannot sustain his economic livelihood from his farming activity. Is there, going to be an investment at his farm level. So the question is that how do we get out there and what are the challenges in those areas where we can say that value chains can become sustainable not only from the farming point of view but from the market point of view also.
Group Executive Vice President
FASAR, YES Bank
It is my pleasure and privilege to be a part of the launch of the Knowledge Report, titled, “Climate Smart Technologies and Innovations: End Users; Perspective”, jointly developed by NSFI and YES Bank. This is the 7th year in a row that YES Bank is partnering with NSFI
NSFI is keen on the action component of the deliberations of GAC19 and we would certainly look forward to take the discussion points ahead in the form of Policy Recommendations. I would like to collaborate with several of you to really see how these recommendations are translated into action.