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Farm Experts To Debate Climate Resilience & Rural Livelihoods

MediaInfoline November 7, 2019
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Food Systems Dialogues are convened in India by Bharat Krishak Samaj a leading farmer organization. It will bring together a panel of global and Indian experts on November 11 at New Delhi, to analyse critical trends & deliberate solution pathways for rural livelihoods and for the beleaguered rural economy.

Farm economy experts speaking at the conclave include Dr. David Nabarro, recipient of the “World Food Prize 2018”, Dr. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI AAYOG, Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser, Govt. of India, Prof. Arun Kumar, Malcolm S. Adiseshiah Chair Professor, Institute of Social Sciences, Mr. Alok Joshi, Former Chief, Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), Prof. Jayati Ghosh, Economist, Ms. Kavitha Kuruganti, ASHA, Dr. G.V. Ramanjaneyulu, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Dr. Sunita Narain, Centre for Science and Environment and others. While the experts debate the burning topics,  there is also an interview with Ms. Ujwala Pethkar, farmer, and Mr. Rabbi Shergill will be performing his own soulful compositions on the farm distress.

According to Chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj, Mr. Ajay Vir Jakhar, “Most current food systems, especially in India are not working properly – for people, for the planet and for our common future. To feed a growing population nutritiously, food systems need a significant transformation. Although we may share a vision of a food system that delivers for all, leaving no one behind – there are divergent views on how to make that happen. The prime reason for getting these renowned experts together in a workshop designed to foster debate and dissent is to influence policy by finding a common meeting ground.”

The Food Systems Dialogues 2019 will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Kamladevi Complex at India International Centre, New Delhi.

The Food Dialogues consist of subject matter specialists who will participate in four workshops on

  1. Climate change; Food availability & Strategy
  2. Support systems; Input and Price, Cash Transfer, Ecosystem Services,
  3. Diet and Nutrition
  4. Data and Analytics in agriculture.

The Dialogues are designed to be interdisciplinary, involving leading thinkers and doers from government, industry, NGOs, academia, food and agriculture sector to work together on complex challenges, trade-offs, examining opportunities, risks and principles.

“These Dialogues will only succeed if different actors attempt to align and, where possible, combine their efforts, because that will mean they understand and appreciate each other better. A good meeting is a good meeting less because of what happens at the time, but more because of what came before – and most importantly, what comes after,” says Jakhar.

Food Systems Dialogues 2019 seeks to transform the agrarian crisis debate to be more encompassing, for there are larger issues which impact rural livelihoods, like the state of the national economy, quality of governance, increasing government revenue collections, generating employment and demand. The Dialogues have distinguished speakers who discuss these issues which though do not directly relate to agriculture, have a strong bearing on the future of rural livelihoods.

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