Ministry of Agriculture Current Affairs - 2019

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BIMSTEC: International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems held in New Delhi

A three day “International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming systems” is being held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated on December 11, 2019. The seminar is being organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Highlights

The seminar is attended by all the seven BIMSTEC countries. It includes Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Myanmar. The seminar focuses on adopting technological interventions in small holding farming. It will also give attention to targets set by BIMSTEC countries in reducing emissions at those levels to mitigate agricultural situations.

The objective of the seminar is to enable improvement of tropical small holder farming system that are resilient to climate change and will provide greater productivity.

BIMSTEC

The seminar is being organized by Government of India as an initiative at the fourth BIMSTEC summit that was held at Katmandu in August 2019. As all the BIMSTEC countries are lying in adjacent areas of Bay of Bengal and have similar type of climate, the solutions provided at the seminar are suitable and more reliable for all the countries.

Climate Smart Agriculture

According to FAO, Climate Smart Agriculture is an approach that reorients agriculture towards food security in a changing climate. FAO also hosts Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. It aims to improve nutrition, food security and resilience. The alliance has three aspirational outcomes namely improving farmers, building climate resilient farmers and reducing green house gases emitted due to agriculture.

8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics organized in New Delhi

The 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII) will be held in New Delhi from 18-21 November 2019. It is organised by Union Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoPSI), ISI-CAS, FAO, USDA, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Eurostat, AfDB (African Development Bank), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and various other organizations. India is hosting this important conference in the field of agriculture statistics for first time. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be Chief Guest of this conference.

About 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS-VIII)

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Statistics for Transformation of Agriculture to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. It is aimed at addressing various challenges faced in producing data to report on SDGs and various leading research and also to deliberate and finalize best practises in the field of agriculture statistics.

The agenda for this year’s conference covers domains of food and agricultural statistics, related methodologies, technologies and processes. It will see participation of more than 600 delegates of which 200 delegates will be from 108 countries. It will host 5 plenary sessions and 44 technical sessions.

Background

International Conference on Agricultural Statistics (ICAS) is a series of conferences that was started in 1998 based on comprehensive need for agricultural data all across the world. It is conducted every three years based on overarching need for agricultural data worldwide. It sponsored by United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Bank (WB), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other international development agencies.

Previsions ICAS: The last conference was held in Rome (Italy) in 2016. Before that, it was held in United States, Italy, Mexico, China, Uganda and Brazil.