India to host 4th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture

Written by Commodities Bureau | Hyderabad | Updated: Nov 28 2008, 07:53am hrs
New Delhi is hosting the 4th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture from February 4-7, 2009. Earlier, the congress was organized in Spain, Brazil and Kenya and is aimed to address innovations in agriculture for realizing improved efficiency, equity and environment.

More than 1,000 delegates representing scientific community, policy advisors, farmers organizations, corporate leaders and non-governmental organizations from different parts of the world, will gather to share the knowledge to conserve and judiciously use precious natural resources for overcoming the global food crises and alleviating poverty.

World community is serious about the sustainability of agriculture, which is facing multiple and complex challenges. Conservation agriculture has the potential to deliver a host of benefits that are increasingly desirable in a world facing population growth, environmental degradation, rising energy costs, soaring food prices and climate change, among other daunting challenges.

This congress will review global research and development efforts in conservation agriculture; document successful adoption models of technologies conserving agriculture; assess the impact of conservation agriculture technologies; explore future global partnerships and policy initiatives in conservation agriculture, and develop a road map and broad set of strategies and actions to promote conservation agriculture.

The congress will also deliberate on indigenous knowledge on conservation agriculture, institutional innovations and enabling policies to promote blend of indigenous and improved technologies.

India is one of the leading countries in developing countries promoting conservation in agriculture. More than two million hectare area under rice-wheat system in the Indo-Gangetic plain is under resource conservation technologies.

Farmers who adopted these technologies are saving water and energy costs, attaining higher yields, and getting more returns. Large-scale trials and farmers experiences show that the available technologies can be adopted in a wide range of rainfed and irrigated environments.

The Indian experiences are slowly spreading to other South Asian countries and Central Asian countries. The congress will demonstrate the Indian experiences on conservation agriculture to the participants attending the congress from different parts of the World.

The congress is being jointly organized by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) and the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS).

The sponsors of the congress are the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Rice-Wheat Consortia, and the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas, the Indian Society of Soil Science and the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics.