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Brainstorming Meeting on Identification of Indicators of Resilience to Climate Change

The ICAR- Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad organized a one day brainstorming meeting on “Identification of indicators of resilience to climate change” on 26th October, 2016 at CRIDA, Hyderabad. The meeting was organized with the objective of identifying the sector-wise indicators of resilience in relation to the activities being taken up in National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA).  The brainstorming meeting was addressed by the chief guest Dr. Anthony Whitbread, Research Programme Director, Innovation Systems for the Drylands, ICRISAT and chaired by Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, CRIDA. Dr. K. Palanisami, Scientist-emeritus, IWMI and Dr. Y.G. Prasad, Director, ATARI, (Zone-V) also addressed the participants. Dr. Anthony Whitbread gave an outline of the risks involved in dryland agriculture as well as the short term tactical measures and long term strategic measures for managing climate risk. Dr. Palanisami suggested that focus is needed on putting the indicators identified into proper perspective.  Dr.  Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, CRIDA put forth the need for having a critical look at the resilience enhancing interventions in NICRA and also the background to the meeting. He also emphasized the need to develop an inventory of indicators for different sub-sectors within agriculture. Various ICAR institutes viz., IARI, IIHR, CMFRI, CIBA, NDRI, DPR who are partners within NICRA, KVKs who are implementing the Technology Demonstration component of NICRA and institutes such as MANAGE, NIRD&PR were represented in the meeting.    
In the session that followed, there were presentations on understanding and measuring resilience, identification of indicators under different sectors like crops, livestock, poultry, fisheries and water by NICRA partners. Different participants listed different indicators relevant to field crop production, horticulture, livestock, poultry, and fisheries as well as indicators related to water management and socio-economic dimensions of resilience.  Dr.  Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, CRIDA in his concluding remarks suggested the participants to examine the list of indicators with respect to their relevance to interventions so that they can be consolidated into an inventory to be quantified subsequently.    


   
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