Science & Technology and Startups in Agriculture

Bergvinson, D (2018) Science & Technology and Startups in Agriculture. In: National Conference on Agriculture 2022 - Doubling Farmers' Income, February 19 - 20, 2018, New Delhi, India.

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The Indian economy is largely agrarian, with around 55%of the population dependent for their livelihoods on agriculture and allied sectors that generate 15% Gross Value Added (GVA) (Gol 2017a). Indian farmers are vulnerable to impacts of climate change, water scarcity and land degradation. In addition, increasing fragmentation of holdings, extreme weather events, rising input costs and post-harvest losses pose an enormous challenge to sustaining agricultural growth. There has been considerable expansion and change in the research and extension system but the key questions remain: ‘Is this sufficient to Double Farmers ’Incomes by 2022? Is there a need for a different mindset to ensure agriculture science empowers farmers to reach their full economic potential? Can such be achieved while delivering nutrition to the nation as well as within the ecological boundaries o f India’s natural resources? This chapter draws on practical experiences onashift in thinking at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), developed while working with a broad range of partners across thespectrum of Science of Discovery to Science of Delivery. Core to this modem approach is Demand- Driven Innovation that leverages participatory research to engage farmers and key value chain actors to design, develop and deliver relevant solutions -all with a sense of urgency. This approach has enabled the compression of time to deliver technology and knowledge at scale...

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Doubling farmers'income, Agriculture, Startups, Science & Technology, S&T, Indian agriculture, Technology, Information and Communication Technology, ICT Applications, Innovation
Subjects: Others > Innovation
Others > Information Technology
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Others > Indian Agriculture
Others > Information and Communications Technology
Others > Digital Agriculture
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 03:10
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2018 08:33
Acknowledgement: This thematic background note is contributed by ICRISAT
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