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Conference on ‘Mainstreaming Agro-Ecological Approaches in Farming’

Organized by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Indian Society for Agro-Ecology

1st and 2nd March, 2015, Chandigarh

Agro-ecological approaches are increasing being recognised as the way forward for the food, nutritional security and livelihood security of the small and marginal farmers across the world.  In this approach, ecological practices to increase productivity, improve soil fertility and address climate change go hand in hand with the empowerment of small-scale family farmers, both men and women.  While there are thousands of models across India and lakhs of farmers adopting such practices, mainstream agricultural research and extension systems are yet sceptic about agro-ecological approaches.  This scepticism is hindering the investments in research and further scaling up of the existing models.  This is context, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Indian Society of Agro-Ecology (ISAE) are organising a two day conference on ‘Mainstreaming Agro-Ecology’ on 1st and 2nd of March, 2015 at Chandigarh.

The main objectives of the conference are

  • To provide a forum for taking stock of the current state of science and practices of Agro-ecology, as well as for initiatives across the country
  • To understand the contributions of agro-ecological approaches towards economic, social and environmental sustainability of small and marginal farmers

To develop a policy framework for consideration of state and national governments

This is the first call for abstracts of papers on “Mainstreaming Agro-Ecological Approaches to Farming”, with regard to the following areas:

  • Cropping Systems,
  • Soil Health,
  • Water Management,
  • Pest/Disease Management,
  • Crop Improvement and Seed Breeding,
  • Integrated Farming Systems,
  • Profitability through Agro-Ecological Approaches and
  • Socio-Economic Empowerment through Agro-Ecology.

Selected papers would be invited for oral and poster presentations during a conference on “Mainstreaming Agro-Ecological Approaches to Farming” in an upcoming National Convention on Organic Farming in Chandigarh. All the final papers will be published in the first issue of the of the ‘Journal of Agro-Ecology’

This will be the occasion for agroecological initiatives from across the country to publically display their work to a large audience of scientists, civil society members, members of the private sector and policy makers.

Timeline:

Submission of Abstracts: 15th December, 2014

Submission of Final papers of the shortlisted abstracts: 15th January, 2015.

Submit your abstracts to agroecology@csa-india.org

Centre for Sustainable Agriculture

12-13-445, Street no-1

Tarnaka, Secunderabad-500 017

Ph. 040-27017735

For any clarifications call on ramoo on 09000699702

 


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