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Agriculture, Innovation and Investment in
India’s Risk-Prone Ecologies
Opportunitiesfor growth
David J Spielman
Internatio...
CIAT
Tropical agriculture
Cali, Colombia
CIMMYT
Maize and wheat
Mexico City, Mexico
CIP
Roots and tubers
Lima, Peru
IITA
T...
The objective
• Focus attention on agriculture in India’s risk-prone ecologies
• Identify investment opportunities in thes...
The value proposition
Given emerging-market risks…
• Poor infrastructure
• Uncertain policy environments
• Small-scale far...
The ask
Seeds and
traits
Soil, nutrient
diagnostics
Mechanical
equipment
Water
management
Sales training,
after-sales supp...
The takeaways
• Commitment: Willingness to engage
• Match: align partners and interests
• Roadmap: Plans for the future
Thank you
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IFPRI - CSISA - Agriculture, Innovation and Investment in India’s Risk-prone Ecologies- David J Spielman

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IFPRI- CSISA organized a one day high level policy roundtable on Sustainable Intensification in India’s Risk-Prone Ecologies: Investment strategies for productivity growth, resource conservation, and climate risk management” on May 19, 2014 in New Delhi.

This roundtable, brings together a high-level small group of individuals from the corporate, government, and research sectors to address one of India’s most urgent challenges to food security and economic growth—how to encourage private sector investment in accelerating productivity growth in India’s risk-prone ecologies while simultaneously conserving the environment.

There are solutions already in farmers’ fields and rural markets that respond to these challenges, and this Roundtable will highlight recent advances, for example: innovative financial products and information services for small-scale farmers; diagnostic tools for managing water and soil nutrient scarcity; custom-hired resource-conserving machinery for small farms; crop diversification and high-value marketing strategies; and stress-resistant wheat and rice varieties. But the search for solutions is far from complete. This Roundtable is meant to engage participants in a rapid-fire discussion of recent technical solutions in Indian agriculture, the prospects for policy change, and corporate outlooks for the next five years. The purpose is to help public and private sector players to identify common investment strategies, forge partnerships, and chalk out collaborative efforts to effect technological, market, and policy improvements in India’s risk prone ecologies.

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IFPRI - CSISA - Agriculture, Innovation and Investment in India’s Risk-prone Ecologies- David J Spielman

  1. 1. Agriculture, Innovation and Investment in India’s Risk-Prone Ecologies Opportunitiesfor growth David J Spielman International Food Policy Research Institute Roundtable on “Sustainable Intensification in South Asia’s Cereal Systems: Investment strategies for productivity growth, resource conservation, and climate risk management” May 19, 2014, Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi
  2. 2. CIAT Tropical agriculture Cali, Colombia CIMMYT Maize and wheat Mexico City, Mexico CIP Roots and tubers Lima, Peru IITA Tropical agriculture Ibadan, Nigeria Bioversity International Agricultural biodiversity Rome, Italy ICARDA Agriculture in the dry areas Aleppo, Syria IWMI Water resources Colombo, Sri Lanka ILRI Livestock Nairobi, Kenya CIFOR Forestry Bogor, Indonesia IRRI Rice Los Baños, Philippines ICRISAT Semiarid tropical agriculture Patancheru, India WorldFish Penang, Malaysia Africa Rice Center Rice in West Africa Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire IFPRI Food policy Washington, D.C., U.S.A. World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya Your conveners The Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research
  3. 3. The objective • Focus attention on agriculture in India’s risk-prone ecologies • Identify investment opportunities in these emerging markets • Explore partnerships around new products, services • Leverage new public and private resources • BUILD ACTION PLANS FOR JOINT INVESTMENT STRATEGIES
  4. 4. The value proposition Given emerging-market risks… • Poor infrastructure • Uncertain policy environments • Small-scale farmers, fragmented smallholdings • Vulnerability to price and weather shocks UNDERWRITE RISK THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS
  5. 5. The ask Seeds and traits Soil, nutrient diagnostics Mechanical equipment Water management Sales training, after-sales support Supply chain logistics Custom-hire services Customized inputs Information services
  6. 6. The takeaways • Commitment: Willingness to engage • Match: align partners and interests • Roadmap: Plans for the future
  7. 7. Thank you

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