Accelerating Investments
in Climate Smart Agriculture

Policy makers, domain majors, subject experts with delegates from core agri agencies on one platform


October 22, 2019

Chief Guest

Shri Kailash Choudhary

Hon'ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, GoI

Guest of Honour

Dr Ashok Gulati

Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture

Dr Harsh Kumar Bhanwala


Mr S Sivakumar

Head – Agri & IT Business

Ms. Neelkamal Darbari, IAS

Managing Director

Mr Saurabh Kumar 

Managing Director
Energy Efficiency Services Limited

Valedictory Address

Dr S K Malhotra

Agriculture Commissioner
Department of Agriculture
Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare
Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India

Our Panelists

Dr Ashok Dalwai

National Rainfed Authority and Chairman, Committee of Doubling of Farmers Income

Mr Kunitake Takumi

South Asia Division 1 (India, Bhutan)
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Dr Patrick Cortbaoui

Managing Director
Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security
Academic Associate McGill University,Canada

Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhi, IAS

Country Relations and Business Affairs

Mr Rajeev Ahal


Mr Arindom Datta

Executive Director
Rural & Development Banking/Advisory
Rabo India Finance Ltd

Ms Vidya Soundarajan

Ecological Footprint, WWF India

Mr Sudhakar Desai

Emami Agrotech Ltd

Mr Roshan Lal Tamak

Executive Director & CEO - Sugar Business
DCM Shriram Ltd

Mr Amar Prasad

Head CSR
PTC Foundation Trust

Presenters of Technical Sessions

Ms Elizabeth Gogoi

Climate Change Oxford Policy Management

Dr Ravi Chandra

Value Chain Expert

Mr Unnikrishnan Divakaran Nair

India Program Lead at Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Mr Aleen Mukherjee


Mr Subhadeep Sanyal

Omnivore Partners

Mr Manish Gupta

Supply Chain Coordinator
Better Cotton Initiative

Ms Simrat Labana

Project Management Specialist, USAID



Our Partners

Knowledge Partner

Media Partner

Our Partners in Past GACs

GAC 19

Theme - Accelerating Investments in Climate Smart Agriculture

Climate change, the most pressing global issue, affects ecosystems, economic structures and the livelihoods dependent on them, thus threatening global food security. Given agriculture is the most climate-vulnerable sector, food production will have to be increased in the face of increased climate variability, while ameliorating nutritional outcomes and curtailing the carbon cost of farming and its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The most crucial response to these recognised needs has been the development of climate-smart agriculture (CSA). CSA aims to achieve sustainable productivity and ensure adaptation and mitigation by reorienting farming systems with practices and technologies that are customized and made suitable based on different agro-ecological zones, resource endowment, cultural preferences, institutions and policies.

In this context, Global Agri Connect (GAC), a flagship conference of NSFI, has emerged as a knowledge exchange platform, bringing multiple principal stakeholders together to deliberate on scaling up emerging CSA interventions and the corresponding investments. GAC was envisioned by NSFI in 2011, this year being its 8th edition. GAC aims to create a lasting positive impact on the agriculture ecosystems of developing countries by attempting bringing together the best practices and successful implementation models, and identifying various factors that can enable scaling up.

The previous editions of GAC have focussed on technological innovations, farm prosperity and planning for transformational changes in agriculture. This year, we aim to take the dialogue further by bringing together principal stakeholders from across the globe. GAC19 offers its participants an excellent opportunity to showcase ground-level realities and experiences and network with domain-experts in research, implementation and financial resources. The Conference will have representatives from various public and private sectors including policy makers, international speakers and nationally acclaimed agri-institutions.

Sub - Themes

Intends to generate answers to improve our understanding of sustainable development with India specific reference to climate smart practices, by the public and private sector institutions. Effort is to ascertain policy incentives in place with financial institutions & Banks, the lacking fillips commonly experienced but rarely aired, issues being faced by the intended beneficiaries etc.

Indepth study of Indian Agriculture shown initiatives by small-time ventures/start ups playing substantial role in their chosen domain. Coherent understanding of the changing scenario of climate related issues made compelling de-routing of search, research and innovation among the new and innovative practitioners with commendable results.

GAC 19 Networking

GAC 19 has partnerships and collaborations with major players from agri-companies to civil society organisations, multilateral and bilateral organisations, policy makers and government entities. It enables over 50+ international participants and 300+ national participants to deliberate upon the vagaries of the climate crisis and work together towards developing and delivering innovative solutions for creating sustainable, climate-positive impacts on agriculture. In addition to being a knowledge-sharing platform, GAC 19 provides attendees the great opportunity to meet and interact with novelties and domain-experts in research, implementation and financial services. It is a sphere where participants can have one-on-one formal discussions, dealings and tête-à-têtes with the major players in the industry. Participants can network better, broaden their connections, pitch fresh ideas and look for new business partners.

Accelerating Investments in Climate Smart Agriculture

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