IFPRI-CSISA - Collaborative Perspective - Raman Ahuja

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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 - Collaborative Perspective - Raman Ahuja

  1. 1. COLLABORATION PERSPECTIVES FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR Raman Ahuja Delhi, 19 May, 2014
  2. 2. Setting the Context 2 The urgency for different players to come together.  The Big picture  The scale of the problem ~ WE ALL KNOW IT!  The Small Farmer Ecosystem  Role of markets  Opportunity for multi-stakeholder Collaboration  CSISA, Private Sector (large, small, startup, etc), CSO, Donors, Government, et al.  A suggested road map
  3. 3. The Big Picture3
  4. 4. Green Revolution Agriculture  Green Revolution Technology & the attendant ecosystem has delivered Food Security to a burgeoning population of over 1.25 billion people Financial • Govt. Minimum support price • Fertilizer Subsidy • Free Farm Energy • No Cost to Water Hidden Ecological Costs • Soil Mismanagement • Ground Water Pollution • Diseases emanating from rampant use of Pesticides • Contaminated Food Chain 4 Situation System Costs There is room for optimism in this scenario!
  5. 5. Small Farmer Ecosystem & His Challenges 5 • Land & Soil Nutrient Profile • Quality of Water • Availability & Quality of Fertilizers & Pesticides • Labor Availability • On Time & For Time Finance • Efficient Market Access Resource/Factor • Appropriate Cultivar for his Soil, Water & Weather. • Seed Availability & Right POP • Un-prescribed Pesticide usage – lack of knowledge • Timely Harvesting & handling • Output-Labor-Transport Synchronization Knowledge Actors @ Play It’s a complex environment & a Market of 120 million farmers!
  6. 6. Market Based Solutions (MBS)  Farmer Exposure to realistic Market Risk  Transparent & *Repeatable* Price & Pick-up (P&P)  Incentives for improved performance  Build relevant value enhancers  Seeds, POP, PPU  On Time & For Time Finance  Timely Harvesting & handling  Trust through Certifications  GAP, fair trade, organic, etc  Safe Food - from farms  A combination of  Soil, Seed, Water, Energy  Weather  Appropriate Technology  Creating a web of information & service providers to manage the unknowns 6 Commercially Viable Ecosystem Ecosystem Capabilities POP:packageofpractice PPU:proposedpesticideusage Building a Trust Based Model Eliminating the most critical constraint – one by one!
  7. 7. Approach to Partnerships7
  8. 8. A Conceptual Framework for Partnership 8 An Inviolable logic for Collaboration Stakeholder Value Operating Ethic: Mutuality & Transparency Shared Trust
  9. 9. Private Sector Engagement 9  Industry facilitation required to  integrate a perspective on ecosystem scaling barriers  Address key scaling barriers for market-based solutions  At Company level:  Develop a perspective of both internal & ecosystem scaling barriers  Engage with industry facilitators, stakeholders (& sometimes their competitors) Creating a Virtuous framework with Rapid Prototyping Capability & Scale Up  Build Value chains: “As is” & “Desired State”  Evaluate risks & approaches to risk management to build private sector strategies  Develop action agenda with clearly laid out roles for each partner  Agree a resourcing & deployment timeframe  ACT & Measure
  10. 10. Raman Ahuja, Independent Advisor Gurgaon (New Delhi), India Email: ahuja.raman@gmail.com Thank you10

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