India calls for global action to develop climate-resilient agriculture

India called for characterizing climate risks at a manageable scale and making necessary improvements to better assess climate change risks in agriculture. Shobha Karandlaje, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, said G20 countries need to identify scalable and resilient practices after conducting a socio-economic analysis of the same to assess their benefits. She called on scientists, researchers, experts, academics, policymakers and stakeholders to work closely together to  promote climate-resilient agriculture. “We must support global action for climate-resilient agriculture to ensure safe food and nutrition  for people and animals”.  “We must create niches of similar approaches, particularly with regard to agroecology, so that these are shared within and between G20 countries “, She also said on the sidelines of the opening of the  three-day technical seminar of the G20 Days of Climate Resilience in Agriculture and Climate Change.here on Monday.

 “The impacts of climate threats vary in magnitude. For agriculture, it is necessary to characterize climate risks on a manageable scale. “In India, climate resilience practices are being demonstrated in farmers’ fields in 446 villages in 151 high-risk districts”, She also highlighted the need to establish climate risk management committees in villages to promote  adoption of resilient practices. “It is also necessary to promote atypical recruitment centers dealing with small farm mechanization, seed  systems, animal feed production systems and agronomic advice”. Stating that this year the world is celebrating the International Year of Millets, a climate-resilient crop, should be promoted in various agro ecologies. 

Collaboration 

The minister called for promoting collaboration between researchers, decision-makers and  communities. By combining our expertise, we can create a robust system to address the challenges of climate change. We must promote and support interdisciplinary research that can lead to breakthrough discoveries in climate-resilient agriculture. “Online platforms should be created to connect researchers, exchange data, share communication products and thematic information to promote research on climate-resilient agriculture”.

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