Up-Scaling workshop at MANAGE

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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 workshop was to discuss up-scaling options for the CCKN-IA approach beyond the piloted areas in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Odisha. Experiences were shared, costs for operational implementation calculated and “new” states interested in this approach counseled in best ways to improve the efficiency of climate change sensitive extension systems. This opportunity was also taken by participants from NABARD and the Soil protection and rehabilitation for food security Programme India to share their experience in utilizing digital tools for improving extension systems, targeting at soil improvement. Presentations can be found here


2017 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Development

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Germany: 2017 8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Development (ICESD 2017) is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied Environmental Science and Development.

The objective of the Frankfurt conference is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Clean and Green Energy, Chemistry and Chemical Process and Environmental Science and Development.

Presented papers will be published in one of the following publications:

  • International Proceeding of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering (IPCBEE,ISSN:2010-4618)
  • Journal of Environmental Science and Development (IJESD,  ISSN:2010-0264)

Keynote Speaker:

  • Prof. Hartmut Hinz, University of Applied Science, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Schmidt, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of,Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Prof. Shen-Ming Chen, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology Taipei 106, Taiwan

Venue: 109 in Building Four at University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt, Germany

Date: February 8-10, 2017

Workshop on Finalization of Block Level Agricultural Contingency Plans Odisha and Jharkhand

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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 entire workshop was facilitated with the guidance from CRIDA scientists who are pioneered in preparing contingency plans in India.

The participants for this workshop includes KVK subject Matter Experts from Jharkhand and Odisha along with State Department officials like DDAs, District Point persons, Professors from Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) who are part of Content Advisory Groups in the states. In addition to this, GIZ national coordinator CCKN-IA and CCKN-IA state experts along with Subject Matter Experts from line Departments like fisheries, Horticulture and Livestock. Also there was participants from MANAGE, Hyderabad and CRIDA scientists to finalize and steer the entire finalization process.

The workshop was formally inaugurated by lighting a ceremonial lamp on the first day with warm welcome note by Dr. B.N.Dash, Director, IMAGE, Odisha.

KVK Scientists from Ranchi District presented the Block level plans of Angara and Oramanjhi Blocks and necessary suggestions and modifications were suggested by CRIDA experts. In the noon session by KVK, Project Coordinator, Ganjam 11, presented the block level plans of Ganjam district (Chatrapur and Sanekhamundi blocks) followed by PC-KVK, Dhenkanal, who presented the Dhenkanal block level Agricultural Contingency Plans. The CRIDA experts thoroughly reviewed the plans and CRIDA experts suggested the necessary modifications.

On the second day of the workshop the key note address about the theme of the workshop was given by Professor Dr.S.Pashupalak, Vice Chancellor, OUAT about the importance of CCKN-IA and Block level contingency plans in dealing with impacts of climate vulnerabilities. Subsequently Shri. Mr. Hariballabh Mishra IAS, Director Agriculture and Food Production, Department of Agriculture and Food Production, Odisha appreciated the efforts of CCKN-IA in addressing the impacts of climate change in agriculture and the novel approach of technology transfer through ICTs related to Climate change adaptations in agriculture. Mr. Navin, GIZ, Delhi gave an overview and the novel approach of GIZ in developing the BLCP as first of its kind to address the location specific challenges at the macro-level. Dr. K.V.Rao, and Dr. Desai from CRIDA explained the entire journey of Block level contingency plans and thrown some light on its relevance to address the issue of Climate change in farming.

Then, the PC-KVK of Esat Singbhum has presented the Block level contingency plans of Patmda and Borram blocks of East Singhbhum, Jharkhand and final corrections were suggested by CRIDA scientists. After this the workshop ended with the way forward and future plans for finalization.

Date:11-12 Jan'17, Bhubaneswar

Convergence towards tackling the challenges

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Jharkhand: “Timely information is very critical for us when we farm. We get input support from government and CCKN-IA project provides us the information to implement it. Both are very important for us. Last year, I was able to save INR 500 from managing pest in my paddy crop because I received very good information from CCKN-IA project”. Motiram Bediya - Field Extension Agent from Hendibili village in Ranchi district Jharkhand

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Best Performer December 2016

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Best Performer November 2016....Congratulation….

Mr. Nikhil Moharana, Content Creator (Fishery) and Mr. Sunil Kumar Jena, Field Agents (Jaroda, Dhenkanal, Odisha) have been involved with Team CCKN-IA, Odisha. CCKN-IA pleased to announce and would like to congratulate to you as "BEST PERFORMER" for the month of December 2016. Congratulation....

Mr. Nikhil Moharana, has been involved with CCKN-IA as a Content Validator (Fishery), KVK, Ganjam

CCKN-IA pleased to announce and would like to congratulate to you as "BEST PERFORMER" for the month of December 2016

Mr Moharana has created 8 One pagers and 8 SMS.


Mr. Sunil Kumar Jena, has been involved with CCKN-IA as a Field Agent in Jaroda village of Kankadahad block, in Dhenkanal district

CCKN-IA pleased to announce and would like to congratulate to you as "BEST PERFORMER" for the month of December 2016

Mr. Jena has enrolled 139 new farmers with their crop & livestock details, including, new query posting on behalf of farmers, organized group meeting and updated display board



CCKN-IA @ COP 22, Marrakech, Morocco

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The GIZ project - Climate Change Knowledge Network in Indian Agriculture was presented as an innovative approach towards effective network generated knowledge to help farmers adapt to climate changes. As part of panel at the side event organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, at COP22, the CCKN-IA project was presented along with various national policies, schemes and innovations, Contingency Planning and innovative extension approaches.
The brief note on the side event:
Chairperson Dr. V. Usha Rani, Director General, MANAGE, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India; in her opening remarks mentioned that in India, central Government, State Government, institutions and NGOS are implementing various programmes to help farmers face challenges of climate change and its impacts and food security. She shared that through various policy initiatives and efforts around afforestation, food security, waste reduction, employment for agriculture labours, sustainable agriculture; and it’s trying to keep pace with the time and severe impacts of climate changes in agriculture.
Dr. Rath, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, provided detailed presentation on various policies and schemes of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India on integrated farming systems, agro-forestry, PMKSY and integration of various departmental activities like irrigation, agriculture, rural development is ensured.
Dr. VP Sharma, MANAGE made the presentation of District Level Contingency Plans to deal with changing climatic scenarios. While preparing these plans the scientists, extension machinery and farmers’ inputs are taken into consideration. He also shared the growing need and efforts are also being made to further localize such contingency plans i.e. Block Level Contingency Plans.
Mr. Navin Horo from GIZ presented about innovative approaches on knowledge and advisories management to help farmers adapt to climate changes using simple ICT tools. He also shared how farmers are coping with various climatic changes. He insisted on establishing effective knowledge networks and developing open source ICT solutions such that farmers are able to access timely and quality advisories to better adapt to climate changes.
Dr.Kirit N.Shelat and V.V. Sadamate made a presentation on success story from Gujarat on taking agriculture knowledge to farmers involving various stakeholders and taking innovative extension methods to reach out large number of farmers. Festive like approaches (farmer fairs) were effective organized. This resulted in attaining almost 10% growth rate in agriculture in Gujarat.
While concluding the chairperson mentioned that culture plays a key role in agriculture in India and to deal with climate changes. While resource conservation is given its importance, optimum utilization of resources is being ensured to provide food security to huge Indian population. She reiterated that the way forward is to establish networks and collaborations among passionate people who are concerned and working relentlessly for safeguarding farmers from climate change and ensuring food to all global citizens.
The panel also successfully responded to questions from audience on waste management, market information and knowledge management, organic agriculture and use of renewable energy in agriculture; beside others.


Link to presentation

Workshop on preparation of Block level Agriculture Contingency Plan, Odisha

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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 of Agriculture (DDAs) from Districts and experts from Line departments. The workshop was inaugurated by the Vice- Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar and among other distinguished dignitaries present include Dr S C Sahu, Director, IMD Centre, Bhubaneswar; Dr B N Dash, Director, IMAGE. The workshop was facilitated by CRIDA scientists namely Dr S Desai and Dr AVM SubbaRao and co-facilitated by Dr Renuka Rani, MANAGE and GIZ officials from Delhi and Bhubaneswar.

At the outset, CRIDA scientists explained the procedures adopted during preparation of block contingency plans and need for fine-tuning those plans to make more localized and contextual as per blocks agro-climatic situations and cropping pattern. Dr Sahu explained about weather forecast scenario both at block level and district level and highlighted the need of more validation in terms of observed data for model correction. Dr Pasupalak informed the participants about the genesis of agro-met advisory services at district level and experimental block level advisory services. He stressed that projects such as CCKN-IA is an opportunity for both the state departments and OUAT (KVKs & RRTTS) to showcase their efficacies in advising farming communities with scientifically proven package of practices in shortest possible time using ICT platform likes of NICE. He assured all possible support and deep involvement of KVKs and RRTTS in the implementation of CCKN-IA.

Technical session started with Dr Desai, CRIDA tried to familiarize the participants with the standard Contingency Plan template. There was a consensus among participants on identifying prevalent Farming Situations (FS) in a block that would be the starting point for moving ahead associating other parameters in a block contingency plan template. It was decided that Soil type may or may not be with depth, Rainfall pattern and land situation (elevation) are the key drivers for categorizing a distinct identifiable FS. The next step would be to relate dominant cropping systems with a particular FS under a particular weather vulnerability – Drought, Flood, Cyclone, Heat wave are major weather vulnerabilities identified for which crop contingency plan need to be prepared.

All the participants were divided into 6 groups i.e. 4 groups for 4 pilot blocks to look into Field Crop and Horticulture aspects, 2 groups specifically to delve into Livestock & Fishery aspects. Domain experts worked within the assigned groups and presented one after another. As presentations were made, various suggestions were made after thorough brainstorming among participants and facilitators. Among all a few are listed below:

  • Dataset already collected need some recheck and corrections
  • Some FSs identified require more correlation with respect to rainfall pattern
  • Authentic Rainfall data need to be collected from RRTTS/ IMD
  • Some statements under Change in Cropping systems and agronomic measures require detailed / specific recommendations
  • As suggested by the Director, IMAGE; Remarks on implementation need for specificity should include implementation strategies and action points- Who, When, How etc. with some alternative options for farmers looking into reality.

After the presentations completed from individual groups the following modalities were discussed and agreed to come out with full-fledged ground-truthed:

  • Point persons for each of the group nominated and requested to fine-tune the draft plans- partially filled in templates
    1. Mr Ambika Prasad Mishra, AAO, Chatrapur- Chatrapur block (Field Crop & Horticulture)
    2. Mr Sasanka Lenka, Head & PC, KVK, Ganjam-II- Sanakemundi block (Field Crop & Horticulture)
    3. Mr Dibya Sundar Kar, Scientist- Horti, KVK, Dhenkanal- Kankadahad block (Field Crop & Horticulture)
    4. Dr Md Abdul Alim, Sr Scientist, RRTTS, Mahisapat – Dhenkanal sadar block (Field Crop & Horticulture)
    5. Dr Rosani Bala Nayak, Scientist-Veterinary, KVK, Dhenkanal (all four blocks Livestock part)
    6. Mr Sidharth Shankar Das, Scientist-Fishery, KVK, Ganjam-II (all four blocks Fishery part)
  • All these point persons shall finalise the draft BLCPs by 10th September 2016
  • Block-wise compilation of plans will take place including all the thematic sectors
  • By 20th September 2016 block level consultations should be over inviting line departments and KVKs in presence of some representative farmers from all 4 sectors.
  • By 22nd September 2016 the plans from 4 pilot blocks should reach OUAT for validation.

By 27th September 2016 the plans should reach CRIDA, Hyderabad for validation and stamping.

Date: 22-23 Aug'16
Place: Bhubaneswar

NICE + Orientation to Content Development Team in Jharkhand

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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 understand the nuances and usage of the NICE+ portal to the participants. Participants were given hands-on experience on developing localized climate change adaptation contents in form of SMS and one pager documents. Further, the participants experienced the importance of content generation, approval and dissemination through NICE+ systems.

The training program was attended by the nominated Scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendar (KVKs) of Ranchi and East Singhbhum district, Technical Officer of Agromet Field Unit, Block Technology Managers, and Program Manager of National e- Governance Program on Agriculture. Director SAMETI, Jharkhand chaired the training session and stressed on the importance of using NICE+ portal for content generation, approval and dissemination by the nominated members under CCKN-IA project.

Date:4-5 Aug'16
Place: Ranchi

Workshop on Block level contingency plans in Maharashtra

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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 plans with broader focus at district level. Nearly, 600 plus districts have extensively covered by CRIDA to develop contingency crop plans at district level involving 46 State agricultural Universities, 7 ICAR institutes covering various domains starting from agriculture,  horticulture, livestock, poultry and fisheries sectors. The major farming situations, crops and their sowing windows for a normal monsoon prevalent on selection of a district of interest.

In general much of the experts understood that the district plans focus more at macro level changes at the district level and does not catch the micro level changes. The issues and vulnerabilities at micro level may vary especially weather variations at the block level. Many of the experts were thinking of the need for the development of block level contingency plans including IMD. CCKN-IA has initiated this process of developing “Block level contingency crop plans” in all its implementing states kick starting from Maharashtra. This initiative is first of its kind that has never, ever been put into practice by any other institution except CCKN-IA program in India.

The process of developing block level contingency crop plans

CCKN-IA has initiated this process involving various stakeholders from various department first of its kind in Maharashtra. The entire planning was coordinated and headed by Mr. Kokate, Director of Research, MPKV, Rahuri, with support from his colleagues from various departments in MPKV. Also, Director, ATMA from State Agricultural Department, with representatives from the block officials from the four CCKN-IA implementing blocks from State Agricultural Department. Apart from this, Dr. V.P.Sharma, Director MANAGE, experts from CRIDA namely Dr. Chari, Dr. Raju, Hyderabad, Dr. Y.G. Prasad, Director from ATTARI, Hyderabad, representatives from NICRA. Furthermore, state RAMETI representatives and experts from line departments like Animal Husbandry, KVKs from four blocks of Maharastra, NGOs including BAIF and Private Sector partners like RML were also part of this planning process. The entire planning was a multi-stakeholder, multi domain planning process with initial block level data collection from the blocks by concerned KVKs. In Toto, nearly 52 participants from various departments, KVKs, SAU, CRIDA, ATTARI, GIZ, NGOs, and Line departments are part of this entire planning process.

After the key note address that covers the need for contingency crop plans and self-introduction of participants CRIDA has initiated the process of finalizing the framework of template for developing block level contingency crop plans with changes in the existing district level contingency crop plans. Dr. Chari has clearly explained the changes that are need to incorporate in the template in relation to develop block level contingency crop plans.

Subsequently, four groups were formed consisting of a mix of scientists from MPKV Rahuri, State Agricultural Department, experts from line department headed by the respective KVKs in each block. The task was to develop a framework of template that relates to the respective blocks that based on the farming situations. The farming situations may be classified based on rainfall patterns, soil types of the respective blocks. Interestingly, each block has come up with different farming situations with maximum variations within the blocks starting from cropping patterns, rainfall situations and soil types. This was the key for further planning and these farming situations are finalized in consultation with all the experts. Each block has presented the respective farming situation scenario and finalized in the meeting. Followed by this, each block group has assigned the task of filled the data in the contingency planning template depending upon the scenario for both Kharif and Rabi, including summer situations. This task was tedious and took one and half day to fill up the data. On the second day of the planning meeting, each block is requested to present the block level contingency crop plans. Interestingly there is vast variations from block to block and this has captured a micro level situations that is really helpful for the farmers.


  1. The draft of the BLCPs  developed were far more detailed and specific compared to the District level plans; and these are really useful for the farmers
  2. The facilitation by CRIDA was very good and helped the experts to think through and bring in the needed details. Senior officials like Dr. Y.G. Prasad from ATARI (who led the team at CRIDA to develop District level Contingency Plans), Dr. Chary (who was key member in developing the District level plans) and Dr. Raju; provided the much needed guidance and support to this entire process.
  3. The process was participatory wherein everyone actively participated, especially scientists from University (MPKV) under the leadership of Dr. Kokate and the officials from the Department of Agriculture, Maharashtra.
  4. This also aligns well with the initiative of IMD on Block level forecasts.

Date: 21-22 July'2016

Place: Pune