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Stakeholder Discussion and Dissemination Workshop on Empowerment of Small & Marginalized Farmers in Andhra Pradesh
(Grantees and Partners)


Mar 24, 2023,The Gateway Hotel Beach Road Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, 10:30 am

 

 

Overview

Agriculture plays a pivotal role in the Indian economy. Although its contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) is now 18 %, it provides employment to 60 per cent of the Indian workforce (Economic Survey 2021-22).

Smallholder farmers (SHFs), representing 80 per cent of India’s farming community, are forced to struggle with a cycle of low investment, poor productivity, low value addition, weak market orientation and low margins. Decreasing landholdings due to fragmentation coupled with a post-harvest value chain riddled with inefficiencies, causes post-harvest losses (PHL) to stack up throughout the value chain.

A number of FPOs are operating in the country, which were created under various initiatives of the Central Government (including Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium), State governments, NABARD, and other organisations.

To boost the agriculture sector, the Indian government has set an ambitious goal to double farmers’ income by 2024. In doing so, it has unveiled strategies ranging from irrigation to crop insurance. But if the food value chain is to undergo true transformation, it needs to move from a production-driven system to one driven by demand, one that increasingly connects consumers with producers.

Climate change could harm farmers’ income by up to 20-25% in the medium term, according to the Indian government’s latest annual economic survey. Extreme weather events, temperature rise and lower rainfall all threaten to derail the Indian government’s agenda of doubling farmers’ income across the country.

Extreme temperature shocks, when a district is significantly hotter than usual, results in a 4.7% decline in agricultural yields. Similarly, when it rains significantly less than usual there is a 12.8% decline.

There are ways to counter this. New technology and better farm management can be deployed to improve irrigation systems. And, to ensure long-term impact, it is also important to invests in agricultural research.

This will require new approaches and innovations, as well as increasing collaboration between the private sector and other stakeholders in the food system. It will require integrated value chains that connect farm to fork, competitive markets that provide better prices to farmers, and an enabling environment that supports innovation and action.

Not one stakeholder – whether governmental, corporate or from civil society – can do this alone, especially given climate change and increasing pressure on land and water resources. Real impact will come from combining the competencies of diverse organizations and stakeholders and creating better alignment through partnership platforms.

FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence and Walmart India is organising a workshop with the theme - Strengthening Agri Systems: The Road to supporting smallholder farmers and boosting incomes on March 22, 2023 at Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 10 AM onwards.

Objectives:
  • Sharing of best practices and successful models
  • Challenges, Possible solutions and Collaboration for increasing small farmer’s income and access to market.
  • Understanding ways for access to modern technologies, access to financial resources, facilitation of capacity building, extension and training on production technologies and ensuring traceability of agriculture produce.



 

 

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Aastha Jain
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