Highlights From G20 Technical Workshop On Climate-Resilient Agriculture

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News in brief: At the 2023 G20 three-day workshop on climate-resilient agriculture delegates discussed the importance of climate-resilient agriculture, innovative solutions, and the need for policies and finance to scale up these practices. Experts highlighted technologies and practices designed to withstand various climate challenges.

A three-day technical workshop on climate-resilient agriculture organised by India’s Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare concluded on Wednesday in Hyderabad.

Nearly 100 delegates had attended the workshop from G20 member states, invited countries, and international organisations. Senior officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and other key stakeholders were also in attendance. Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shobha Karandlaje oversaw the workshop’s opening ceremony.

During the workshop, delegates discussed the need for climate-resilient agriculture, as well as innovations in the field. They also looked into scaling up climate-resilient agriculture with supportive policies, finance, and institutions.

Additionally, delegates deliberated on scientific and innovative solutions to address the challenges of climate change and to reduce uncertainty in the agriculture food systems. They all agreed that climate change is a major threat to agriculture and the urgent need to develop climate-resilient agricultural practices.

Experts mentioned a number of innovative technologies and practices that can be used to make agriculture more resilient to climate change. For example, Dr S.K. Chaudhari, the deputy director general of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, said that they have developed large varieties of crops for different climate extremes – long winters, heat, and some that can withstand extreme climate events like cyclones.

Furthermore, there was emphasis on scaling up the adoption of climate-resilient agriculture practices through policies and finance. The workshop was a valuable opportunity for delegates to share knowledge and experiences because the effects of climate change differs from country to country.

Delegates and members of the public hoped the discussions and conclusions of the workshop will help shape the future of climate-resilient agriculture in India and around the world. It concluded with a call for action to address the challenges of climate change and to ensure food security for all.

Joseph Akahome
Joseph Akahome
Joseph O Akahome (OJ) is a writer, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Literature from the University of Benin. He is an avid agriculturist, with a bias for poultry and an insatiable appetite for chicken wings. When he is neither reading nor researching, he likes to spend recreational time playing board games, or swimming in serene forested lakes.

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