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Global Agri Connect 2018

Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies and Innovations: Impact & Way Forward

  • Renewable Energy in Climate Smart Agriculture - Means & Making
  • Women at the short end of of Climate Change - Disclosure & Action
  • Enabling Climate Resilient Agriculture - From Policy to Practice
  • Corporate Sustainability and Contribution to Climate Resilience


Global Agri Connect 2018

Climate change is already impacting farmers around the world. Increasing temperatures, variable precipitation and more frequent and intense weather events will continue to challenge farmers' ability to feed a growing population. In light of climate and demographic challenges, actions and efforts to improve the sustainable performance of the agricultural sector are urgent.

There is a clear evidence of changes in planting and harvesting dates, declining crop yields, reduction in growing seasons, and increased animal diseases & pests, among others. Climate change makes our already precarious global food security situation even more unpredictable. Ironically, 60% of those classified as malnourished are food producers. Agriculture both contributes to and is vulnerable to climate change.

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) has been touted as a method that will help farmers both adapt to a changing climate and to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while boosting agriculture production. It integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social

and environmental) by jointly addressing food security and climate challenges composed of three pillars:

  1. Sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes
  2. Adapting and building resilience to climate change
  3. Reducing and/or removing greenhouse gases emissions, where possible.

India is one of the worst affected countries by the climate change. The trends point to increasing frequency of weather events that make farm incomes vulnerable and unpredictable. It is also a threat to food and nutrition security of an emerging India that consumes food in larger quantity and variety. Traditional response to the challenge will not be adequate any more. The need is to explore and debate the most critical aspects of CSA that will have a far reaching impact on fortunes of agriculture in India. The conference focused on the most pressing issues around (a) Need to shift to Renewable Energy Sources (2) Role of women and gender specific solutions to CSA, (b) Enabling Climate Resilient Agriculture (4) How the Corporate Sustainability contributes to Climate Resilience.

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