The complete CCKN-IA team, along with SAMETI representatives from Kashmir, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tamilnadu and Uttar Pradesh met on the 16th and 17th of March at the premises of MANAGE in Hyderabad, which was inaugurated by Mrs. V. Usha Rani, IAS Director General of MANAGE. The objective of the […]
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Bhubaneswar: A two day workshop to finalize the Block Level Agricultural Contingency Plans was organized at Hotel Pal heights, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. In this workshop BLCP of two pilot states prepared after discussion with various stakeholders in the respective state were presented and modified the plans with suggestions to improve. The […]
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 "Climate Change Knowledge Network in Indian Agriculture” (CCKN-IA) of the Ministry of Agriculture is implemented with technical cooperation of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an enterprise owned by the German Government. GIZ implements sustainable development through international cooperation, on behalf of Germany and other partners. The project is also supported by the GOPA Consultants, to ensure its successful implementation and acheiving desired results.The objective of the CCKN-IA programme is to develop a robust network exchange systems to effectively share knowledge across the gamut of stakeholders in three selected Indian states on a pilot basis. This is to ensure improved access to updated, timely, authentic and situation specific information that enables the farmers, extension service providers and policy planners; get better equipped to adapt to climate changes. Such collaborative efforts contributes towards innovative ways to meet the real time farmers’ needs and providing a multi-modal two-way exchange processes. CCKNIA is geared at increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of public and private resources and improving the service delivery of both.
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.
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.
Transformational force: Women farmers leading the way....
“Women perform various agricultural activities. However, in majority of trainings programs, it’s only the men who participate. We also need information so that we can learn and apply the knowledge to improve our agricultural production” Nirmala Devi - Farmer of Kuchu village Ranchi District in Jharkhand