Initiative for Climate Resilient Agriculture in India

  • Collaboration of NITI Aayog, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW), Government of India, and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
  • They together launched the ‘Investment Forum for Advancing Climate Resilient Agrifood Systems in India’.
  • During a two-day Multi-stakeholder Meeting held on January 18-19, 2024, at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
  • To advance climate-resilient agrifood systems among the government, private sectors, and farmers’ organizations and financial institutions in India.
  • Agriculture could play a role in carbon sequestration through tree plantation on farmland.

Key Areas of Discussion:

  • Climate resilient agriculture (experiences and pathways).
  • Digital infrastructure and solutions.
  • Financing climate-resilient agri-food systems (domestic and global).
  • Climate resilient value chains.
  • Production practices and inputs for climate resilience.
  • Gender mainstreaming and social inclusion for climate resilience.

Participants:

  • Senior representatives from the government.
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
  • National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management (MANAGE).
  • World Bank.
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  • Delegation of the European Union.
  • International Finance Cooperation.
  • UN agencies.

Key Highlights:

  • Climate change has implications for India, affecting its economically vulnerable rural population.
  • Indian agriculture is susceptible to extreme temperatures, droughts, floods, cyclones, and soil salinity.
  • Climate mainstreaming requires investments from global climate finance, domestic budgets, and the private sector.
  • There is a need for the identification of national priorities and policy platforms.
  • There is a need for arrangements to maximize resource consolidation, route catalytic findings and support large-scale climate advocacy campaigns.
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