Policy makers, domain majors, subject experts with delegates from core agri agencies on one platform
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.
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.
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Ministry of Agricuture & Farmers' Welfare, Government of India
Various steps were taken by Government of India to tackle climate change but are challenged by the presence of large number of small and marginal farmers, in absence of land being owned by them and are following the practice of tenancy farming. In absence of land rights, they are not able to avail any subsidy schemes."
Senior Climate & Envornment Advisor
Multiple partnership and interventions are important and required to address the issue of climate change. For instance, UK Met offices, Indian Met Department, World Bank are to come together to share information on weather, and the information is made available at policy level, community level, both in rural and urban context."
Program Head-India, Action on Climate
Technology should be effectively used in developing products that help build resilience against climate change like insurance for crop, livestock and for produce. The role and contribution of private sector are important."
Joint Secretary, NRM & IC, Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Famers'
Welfare, Government of India
Various policy initiates are taken by the Government of India to build resilience of farmers against climatic aberrations. Changing cropping pattern and impoverished irrigation structures are the focus for CSA Technology."
Every State in India need to work and develop State Action Plan to meet out the climate change challenges. Linking action plan with financial institutions that include climate financing is important."
Deputy Director General-Horticulture Sciences
We have to certainly develop innovative mechanism by making use of high-end technologies to develop varieties of produce that can mature in a short span of time so that they can withstand the onslaught of high temperature etc."
National Skills Foundation of India
Global Agri Connect 2018 event brought together principal stakeholders to deliberate on emerging technologies and innovations in agriculture, thus increasing their outreach through positive solutions. Studies and general observation of things highlight climate change is happening and its effects are being felt across the world. The changes are becoming more inevitable and the challenge to address the issue is gaining momentum at all levels."
CARE India Solutions for Sustainable Development
Developing and scaling up gender sensitive CSAT remains a challenge and we need to move a long way to make it women inclusive. Currently the efforts observed during development phase and at policy level remains more of a tokenism showing no/minimum efforts only taken to integrate in all aspects of development and program implementation. With evolving CSAT across the spectrum, it is im[portant to recognise the role of women both in planning and implementation of CSAT."
Director, Business Development
Mobilisation and attracting privagte investment to promote and scale up CSA technologies is a challenge. Equicap Asia play an important role in addressing the gap. CSA technology like Hydroponic farming has emerged as a way to grow vegetables in controlled enviornment and is successfully being carried out in Himachal Pradesh."
Director & Head-CSR & Sustainability
Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd
The most effective corporate Social sustainability model is to integrate efforts of all the stakeholders."
Senior Program Officer
With men moving out in search of employment, India agriculture is run and managed by women in recent decades. But ironically the invovement of women in desigtning and development of CSA technologies is low or absent. To reduce the drudgery and heaklth risks associated with traditional firewood cooking."
Chief General Manager-Technical
In India about 20 million agricultural pumps are in operation which are diesel based and are grid connected. With increasing cost and issues related to environment, solar system offers immense opportunity to replace the conventional pumps."
Senior President & Global Head, FASAR
YES Bank has been in association with NSFI as Knowledge Partner for the 7th consecutive year this year. More than one hundred starts up were documented for this year's report, focussing on horizontal and verticfal value chain, covering innovations from seed to storage."
Head-Business Development Products
Tata Power has developed innovative solar solutions for both rural and urban markets that include off-grid and on-grid rooftop solutions and saawan solar water pumps. Main benefits include reduction of electricity bill and low maintenance cost of the units."
Signify Foundation (Philips)
Awareness and knowledge gap of small holding farmers are very significant in India and they are not able to present a commercial business case of their activities to tap existing available resources and schemes, programs. To sustain their business, corporates need to play an active role in training and capacity building of farmers by addressing the gap and help improve the productivity. Involving stakeholders over a period of intervention remain a challenge.
Chief Executive Officer
All deliberations of GAC18 have focussed on how the technologies need to be scaled up, how integration may have to be taken up - to ensure technology scaling up."