Bhubaneswar: The workshop titled “Preparation of Block level Agriculture Contingency Plan” under CCKN-IA project was organized on 22nd – 23rd August 2016 at Hotel Hindusthan International, Bhubaneswar. The participants present in the workshop include professors from respective domain from OUAT, Scientists and Subject Matter Experts from two KVKs, Deputy Director […]
Ranchi: State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Jharkhand conducted two day training program on operationalizing Network for Information on Climate (Ex) Change (NICE+) portal from 4th -5th August 2016 under the Climate Change Knowledge Network in India Agriculture (CCKN-IA) project. The training program provided an opportunity to better […]
An innovative thought from District level contingency to block level contingency crop plans? Pune: Contingency crop plans are considered to be the best strategy for risk reduction and building resilience at farmer’s level through preparing them with alternative plans to withstand climate variabilities. So far CRIDA has developed contingency crop […]
Agricultural systems are sensitive to extreme climatic events. The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that increased frequency of heat stress, drought and floods, negatively affect crop yields and livestock. Droughts, floods, delayed monsoon onset, intermittent dry spells, and heat waves – symptoms of changing climate – leads to disruption of agricultural activities causing considerable distress.
These changes in climatic situations have had an increasing impact on livelihoods of the farmers, especially small and marginal farmers. The varying socio-economic, agro-ecological, livelihood systems and related risks, essentiates availability and access to quality, timely and localized advisories for effective adaptation to climate changes.It is hence, crucial to revamp the existing Agricultural Knowledge and Information Networks (AKINS) and make it more dynamic and relevant to all stakeholders (policy makers at national and state levels, extension agents, intermediaries, and farmers, etc.). It is envisaged that the technology, capacities and institutional models developed by the project will be mainstreamed not only to National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture. Government of India; but also other related programs and institutions.
Facts about Agriculture
The project started in September 2013 and has two phases:
- Inception phase
- Implementation phase of three years
The phase-wise project timeline would ensure participation of all stakeholders throughout its course.
Objective: Implementation and improvement of the Knowledge Domain in the context of Climate Smart Agriculture for better tomorrow of farmers in rural India
This includes about 8 people, directly involved in the project and about 80 people contributing from the partner side.
Knowledge Management System
CCKN-IA developed a backbone IT system called Network for Information on Climate (Ex)Change that can facilitate gathering and disseminating up to date and only relevant information to the farmers for sustainable agriculture. Source of information is from various government organizations and in various formats. Information or expert advices need to be collated, validated and disseminated as text messages (SMS), voice SMS, videos, fact sheets & posters to farmers for adoption to the impacts of Climate Change. The system is completely based on open source technologies and can be accessed through a web- and an android based mobile application.
The Climate change Knowledge Network for Indian Agriculture (CCKN-IA) has innovated an open source web solution using semantic web technologies, called ‘NICE’ - Network for Information on Climate (Ex) change. It is developed, tested and institutionalized under the project. NICE allows existing multiple knowledge stakeholders from domains like meteorology, agriculture science, extension systems and others to share and adapt knowledge across multiple subject domains, to address local needs. The system is iterative and allows multimodal approach, enabling two-way communication to link farmers’ needs and knowledge providers, on a real time basis. The tablet application of NICE capacitates extension cadres as final mile technology interfaces. In addition, project works on institutional systems, revitalizes existing extension systems, capacities of experts and monitoring systems for effective development, dissemination and adoption of relevant advisories by farmers. So far, over 100 experts from domains like agronomy, livestock management, soil and water conservation, and others have been identified and trained to use the NICE platform to develop and disseminate localized advisories to farmers. The farmers and extension agents provide the localized advisory needs. The project is covering over 22,000 farmers across these 3 states of India. Over 100 identified and trained extension agents use the tablets to not only provide advisories to farmers but also collect feedback and queries from farmers. CCKN-IA is also training and handholding local extension agents, to capacitate them as local advisors on pest and disease management.