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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:
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.
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."
IFS, 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."