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The sustainability of major agri-food systems is at high risk because of resource degradation, declining factor productivity and shrinking farm profitability under current farming practices. The agriculture transformation provides the platform to address the climate change issues regionally and nationally for sustainable development of agriculture. This is crucial as India is witnessing the adverse impacts of climate change on food production in almost every alternate year in one or other form. Rising temperatures, erratic rainfall, extreme weather conditions (such as prolonged droughts and floods), changing soil fertility, and new pest infestations are major factors contributing to stagnant agricultural growth. Climate smart agriculture (CSA) is considered a pragmatic approach for ensuring food security and resilience in changing climatic condition. The CSA revolves around 3 basic pillars namely Food security, Adaptive capacity and Mitigation potential. The CSA essentially includes carbon, water, nutrient, energy, weather and knowledge smart practices that allow the use of climate resilient crops and cropping system. The CSA encompasses farming practices that sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience/ adaptation, reduce greenhouse gasses (GHG) emission and help to achieve national food security. The ‘Training Programme on CSA practices for system resilience in cereal based cropping systems’ offers a unique learning opportunity for the scientific community working in the area of natural resource management. This training programme is aimed the capacity building of the researchers, scientists, assistant professors, agricultural/subject matter specialists from the  Indian National Agricultural Research System (NARS).

Course Content:
• CSA-based crop management technologies, principles and practices
• Innovation systems and pathways –Strategic research platforms
• Hands-on training on calibration, operation and maintenance of CSA machinery
• Precise water, nutrient, tillage and residue management in CSA for sustaining productivity
• Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
• Impact assessment of CSA technologies
• In-field hands-on training for CSA-based crop management technologies from planting to
harvest including decision support tools
• Interaction with farmers, stakeholders of public and private sector domains and CSA machinery manufacturers.

Important dates
• Last date for receipt of application                     15-01-2024
• Intimation of selection of participants               20-01-2024
• Last date for confirmation from participants    25-01-2024

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