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:
- Hurdles for AgTechs to effectively support the climate resilience of Indian smallholder farmers
- AgTechs that enable the identification and assessment of climate vulnerability
- 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.
0:06– 3:10 : 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
3:13– 04:08 : Graham A.N. Wright, Founder and Group Managing Director, MSC: Welcoming the speakers and start of the session
04:14– 09:15 : Introduction by the speakers
- Akbar Sher Khan: Cofounder, Impagro Farming Solutions
- Rahul Prakash: Founder and CEO, Amalfarm
- Vimal Panjwani: Founder and CEO, AgriVijay
10:31– 11:30 : The speakers answered the first question: What are AgTechs doing to help farmers to respond to climate change?
11:40– 15:29 : 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.”
15:47– 21:19 : Rahul Prakash of Amalfarm responds: “We encourage farmers to adopt climate-resilient crops to cope with uncertainties in weather.”
21:40–25:25 : 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.”
25:30– 26:41 : The speakers answer the second question: How do we make AgTech services available to poor smallholder farmers?
26:48–29:19 : Vimal Panjwani of Agrivijay responds: “AgTechs face the challenge of making technology affordable and accessible for farmers.”
29:40– 33:49 : Rahul Prakash of Amalfarm responds: “An advisory must have localization as per the location… otherwise, it will fail to find adoption from farmers.”
34:23– 39:30 : 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.”
44:07– 44:54 : The speakers answer the third question: How can value chain players be involved in driving the adoption of nature-based solutions and carbon credits?
44:46– 48:45 : 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.
48:53 – 52:57 : 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.”
53:04– 56:08 : 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.”
56:10– 59:26 : Conclusion and note of thanks by Partha Ghosh, Senior Manager at MSC’s climate change & sustainability practice
59:29– 59:58 : Closing note by Graham A.N. Wright, Founder and Group Managing Director of MSC