The following are timestamps of the meeting conducted on 4th November, 2022, on “Climate resilient agriculture, virtual breakfast club.” 

We organized a discussion with a panel of experts drawn from leading agriculture startups, who focused on the following:

  1. Hurdles for AgTechs to effectively support the climate resilience of Indian smallholder farmers
  2. AgTechs that enable the identification and assessment of climate vulnerability
  3. Barriers to climate resilience of Indian smallholders that technology-enabled startups can help overcome

Click on the timestamps from the webinar stream to hear specific segments.

0:063:10 : Welcome note and Introduction by Partha Ghosh, Senior Manager at MSC’s climate change & sustainability practice, along with the presentation on the climate resilient agriculture, virtual breakfast club

3:1304:08 : Graham A.N. Wright, Founder and Group Managing Director, MSC:  Welcoming the speakers and start of the session

04:1409:15 : Introduction by the speakers

  1. Akbar Sher Khan: Cofounder, Impagro Farming Solutions 
  2. Rahul Prakash: Founder and CEO, Amalfarm
  3. Vimal Panjwani: Founder and CEO, AgriVijay

10:3111:30 : The speakers answered the first question: What are AgTechs doing to help farmers to respond to climate change?

11:4015:29 : Akbar Sher Khan of Impagro Farming Solutions responds: “Lots of innovation in identification and assessment has emerged for farmers. There are many technologies like IoT devices for soil data, micro weather stations to record data on a real-time basis, and remote sensing satellites.”

15:4721:19 : Rahul Prakash of Amalfarm responds: “We encourage farmers to adopt climate-resilient crops to cope with uncertainties in weather.”

21:4025:25 : Vimal Panjwani of Agrivijay responds: “75% of farmers are smallholder farmers. As AgTechs, we work on the ground and have many devices for weather forecast, which can help farmers with proper harvesting.”

25:3026:41 : The speakers answer the second question: How do we make AgTech services available to poor smallholder farmers?

26:4829:19 :  Vimal Panjwani of Agrivijay responds: “AgTechs face the challenge of making technology affordable and accessible for farmers.”

29:4033:49 : Rahul Prakash of Amalfarm responds: “An advisory must have localization as per the location… otherwise, it will fail to find adoption from farmers.”

34:2339:30 : Akbar Sher Khan of Impagro Farming Solutions responds: “No matter how good your tech is, it all comes down to the human side of your business.”

44:0744:54 : The speakers answer the third question: How can value chain players be involved in driving the adoption of nature-based solutions and carbon credits?

44:4648:45 : Rahul Prakash of Amalfarm responds: When a carbon farming plugin is added with the context of Indian agriculture and issues arise in the absence of farmer ownership of the land.

48:5352:57 : Akbar Sher Khan of Impagro Farming Solutions responds: “The carbon credit story to farmers is a fantasy … what we say is “the next generation will reap the benefits because your farms, your soil will survive.”

53:0456:08 : Vimal Panjwani of Agrivijay responds: “The value proposition for a farmer is increasing their income and decreasing expenses… so you have to link with that.”

56:1059:26 : Conclusion and note of thanks by Partha Ghosh, Senior Manager at MSC’s climate change & sustainability practice

59:2959:58 : Closing note by Graham A.N. Wright, Founder and Group Managing Director of MSC

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