National Webinar on Under-utilized Crops for Augmenting Farmers Income in Abiotic Stress Regions will be held on 10 August 2020 at 10:00 am
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which calls for the eradication of poverty, hunger and all forms of malnutrition, will require renewed efforts on sustainable increase in the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers while conserving natural resource base. One such approach is to explore non-conventional pathways such as wider adoption of under utilized crops due to the fact they are adapted to a range of agro-ecologies, are nutrient-dense, climate resilient and offer better prospects in marginal production areas with low- input agriculture. However, turning the potential of these crops into real benefits will require a systematic approach, multidisciplinary analysis, multi-stakeholder consultation and cross-sectoral coordination. Future research in this area should build on the wealth of knowledge that have been accumulated so far on neglected and underutilized species in order to develop more sustainable, nutrition-dense, climate-resilient and diversified food systems.
The objectives of the E-conference are a) to create much needed awareness on the role and value of underutilized and non-conventional crops that have potential for diversification of food basket to ensure better food and nutritional security in India; b) To share experiences and learn lessons to accelerate the use of underutilized plants as crops for the future; c) to assess R&D status on priority crops and policies that are needed to promote the use of these crops in cropping systems.