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Best Practices in Sustainable Agriculture Writeshop 28th – 29th July 2011

NABARD and ACCESS Development Services to organize workshop on Sustainable Agriculture . Last Date for submission of papers is 5 June 2011.

NABARD has undertaken many initiatives for promoting sustainable agriculture. The Regional Offices, CBOs, PIAs have also innovated locally depending on  the local requirements. However this vast knowledge base is not always tapped for sharing  and dissemination in a systematic way. Out side NABARD also there are many successful experiments,  models on sustainable agriculture practices.

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One of the mandates of NRMC is to identify such models and facilitate their replication. With this objective we have in  the last two years also conducted workshops and brought publications documenting the successful cases. In this series this year too we  plan  to  conduct  a  writeshop (Workshop with a difference that the successful cases will be identified and published during the workshop itself).

The  objective  of  workshop  is  twin  in  the  sense  that  we  will  identify successful cases and present them to larger audience as also discuss issues and problems and arrive  at  strategies  to address  these  with a view to promote   replicability. The writeshop is being       planned  for late  July preferably 28-29 July 2011 as 28 July is the World Nature Conservation Day. As of now it is planned at Kolkata for easier logistic arrangements. The details of the writeshop are as follows:

This workshop is a joint initiative of NRMC and ACCESS to showcase how sustainable agriculture practices have impacted the livelihoods of the poor. It also aims to develop a strategy and action plan for furthering the agenda of   sustainable   agriculture   Sustainable   agriculture   could   include   crop husbandry, animal husbandry, fisheries, integrated models/ farming systems etc.

The Objective:

  • Showcase how sustainable agriculture practices have impacted the livelihoods of the poor
  • Create and share knowledge around sustainable agriculture practices
  • Deliberate on the challenges of scaling up sustainable agriculture practices to influence the livelihoods of the poor at scale.
  • Emphasize on the need to identify, support and scale up such practices.
  • Assess the likely roles of different stakeholders
  • Develop a plan for furthering the agenda of sustainable agriculture within the country

Themes for soliciting case studies

  • Improvement  of  existing  production  systems  (e.g.  altered  crop rotations,  introduction  of  green  manuring,  use  of  plant species adapted to specific locations)
  • Improved protection of natural resources (e.g. erosion protection)
  • Increase in efficiency of existing resources (e.g. irrigation, use of technology, basic and advanced training)
  • Introduction of regenerative branches of business (e.g. horticulture or aquaculture)
  • Introduction of a new production element in existing enterprises (such as fruit trees to stabilize terraced fields, fish-farming in rice fields)
  • Optimization of post-harvest systems (e.g. storage
  • Increase   the   value   of   agricultural   products   through   further processing
  • Improvement of channels of distribution (e.g. market access)
  • Access to loans and other financial services
  • Covering risk (e.g. through land law, support of producer groups)

As a precursor to the workshop, resource persons from practicingorganizations will be invited to send in detailed papers in about 3000 words, highlighting how the  sustainable agriculture  practices promoted by them have helped in furthering ecological (issues relating to soil fertility, water, biodiversity, pollution, landscape and climate), economic (employment,  market, credit and risk) and       social sustainability   (issues related to inclusiveness,  local  acceptance, indigenous knowledge, gender, food security, participation etc.).

Ø  Cases  would  be  invited  through  our  ROs,  personal  networks,  on websites of NABARD, NRMC and ACCESS etc.,

Ø  These would be then adjudged on predetermined criteria by a panel of eminent judges, Judges will be drawn from NABARD, experts, Access Development Services etc.,

Ø  The top cases would be invited to present their cases in a two day workshop before a larger audience

Ø  While the first day of the workshop will focus on presentation of best practices, the second day will deliberate on the challenges of scaling up sustainable agriculture practices to influence the livelihoods of the poor at scale, assess the likely roles of different stakeholders and develop a plan for furthering the agenda  of sustainable agriculture within the country

Ø  The workshop will be held in a consultative and participative mode


The writeshop is an all India event. However the participants for the two day writeshop  will be invited depending upon the shortlisted cases looking into the replicability aspect  from CBOs, NGOs, NABARD, Farmers Clubs, academic institutions, KVKs, Govt. agencies etc., a total of about 100 persons will  participate  in  the  writeshop  (about  30  Resource   Persons  and  70


Ø  Identification of successful best practices and their documentation

Ø  Sharing and facilitation of replication of the identified models/ practices


➢ Submission  of papers by agencies/ individuals identified by RO( RO

themselves could also document)                           – 05 June 2011

➢ Screening and selection of cases                          – 20 June 2011

➢ Last date of revisiting the paper, if required   – 30 June 2011

➢ Holding of Writeshop                                                – 28-29 July 2011

➢ Unveil of the publication                                         – 28 July 2011

Structure of the papers / case studies

Ø  Introduction

Ø  What is the innovative / best practice or the model

Ø  What is success criteria in the given context / background


Ø  Process adopted

Ø  Institutions involved

Ø  Problems / issued faced

Ø  How they were overcome?

Ø  How to replicate?

(Word limit 3000 )

The paper / case studies should include

Title of the paper

Name of author / agency Complete address Contact nos.

e-mail ID

State / location where implemented

The Cases will be adjudged on the following criteria:

§ Focus: The practices must have focus on small and marginal farmers and clearly support strategies to address environmental and social concern.

§ Community Empowerment: The innovation must demonstrate strong bias to promote socio-economic empowerment of poor.

§ Applicability: The practices should have direct relevance to the livelihoods of rural poor communities

§ Replicability: It should reflect the ability of the approaches to  adapt  innovations  in  various  rural  settings  in  a  cost effective manner.

§ Scalability: The practices must have ability to expand in terms of geographical reach.

§ Impact: The approach should have long term results and potential impact in terms of social, economic and environmental

benefits derived by the communities or individuals.

§ Sustainability: The practices must have ensured ecological, economic and social sustainability.

Invitation  will  be  sent  only  after  receiving  the  case studies.

For further details please contact –

NRMC, Kolkata at, 033-22290865

Rajesh Meena, AM, NRMC – 09339767095

Alok Kumar Sahu, Manager, ACCESS –  09433355568>.

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