agri charcha

18 December 2020, 11:00 am onwards

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The/Nudge Forum | agri charcha

Around two-thirds of India’s population is in rural areas and a large proportion of this population lives in poverty. There is an urgent need to improve the economic conditions of rural households  to ensure that the country’s growth is equitable.

At agri charcha, let’s kickstart conversations on innovations that put these rural households at the center and extend the reach of technology to improve profitability of farms, increase livelihood opportunities in rural India, and script a future where no Indian is left behind.


11:00 AM

Announcement of Cisco Agri Challenge

Launch of The Cisco Agri Challenge. Address by Principal Scientific Advisor, Cisco & The/Nudge leadership team, Video messages by Partners.

Dr. K. VijayRaghavan - Principal Scientific Advisor, GOI

12:00 PM

Opening Keynote

Inspirational talk about the need for innovation that reaches a large segment of rural populations and improves their lives.

Mr. Nagendra Nath Sinha, MoRD Secretary

12:30 PM

Panel: Understanding the needs to Indian rural households

Build a strong understanding of the challenges faced by rural households and the opportunities to bring improvements to the farm productivity as well as look at other agrarian livelihoods for the rural households.

Ms. Alka Upadhyaya - Addnl Secretary, MoRD; Dr. Kalpana Sastry - Director, Aghub, PJTSAU; Mr. Apoorva Oza, CEO, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme; Ms. Mekhala Krishnamurthy A. Professor Ashoka University; Mr. Nilay D Kapoor - Chief General Manager, NABARD


Stories of change: Empowering Women Farmers

Presentation on role of NRLM and experience of working with women farmers

Mr. Alok De - CEO, FDRVC

02:00 PM

Panel: Understanding the policy environment in rural livelihoods

Present a balanced viewpoint of the regulatory environment affecting rural households, from the perspective of various players like Govt., Foundations, Large corporates, Farmers, Researchers etc.

Mr. Charanjit Singh - Joint Secretary, NRLM; Mr. Aneesh Jain - Founder, Gram Unnati; Dr. Shamika Ravi - Research Director, Brookings Institute; Mr. Pramathesh Ambasta - CEO, Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation; Mr. Rajnikant Rai - Divisional Chief Executive, Agri Business, ITC; Mr. Gunvant Patil - Leader, Shetkari Sangathan; Mr. K.P. Krishnan - NCAER, ex-IAS

03:30 PM

Panel: Understanding the agri Innovation landscape, opportunities

Conversation on open spaces for Innovation to ideators/innovators looking to solve the challenges of farmers. Includes a showcase of selected tech innovations disrupting/promising to disrupt the agriculture space. Includes presentation of ThinkAg report.

Mr. R. Ramanan - Mission Director, AIM; Mr. Jayesh Ranjan - IT secretary, Govt. of  Telangana; Ms. Ritu Verma - Co-founder, Ankur Capital; Mr. Anil S G CEO, Samunnati; Mr. Nipun Mehrotra - Founder, The Agri Collaboratory

05:00 PM

Open House on Cisco Agri Challenge

Open house for Q&A and interaction with Cisco Agri Challenge team and other partners

Ms. Sudha Srinivasan, The/Nudge Centre for Social Innovation; Dr. Sapna Poti - Programme Director, Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India; Mr. Nagaraja Prakasam - Partner, Acumen Fund



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