Programme and Presentions – Energy and Agriculture for Smart Villages in India workshop

Thursday, 22 September
09.00Welcome Address and Introductions
Dr David Bergvinson (ICRISAT) & Prof Sir Brian Heap (Smart Villages Initiative)
09.10Video Message
Dr Swaminathan (ICRISAT)
09.15What is a Smart Village?
Dr John Holmes (Smart Villages Initiative)
09.45Smart Villages and Agribusiness
Dr Kiran Sharma (ICRISAT)
10.15Tea Break
10.45Women Entrepreneurs to Smart Villages
Dr Shailaja Fennel (Smart Villages Initiative)
11.15Smart Villages: Renewable Energy and Mini-grids for Agriculture
Dr Dabajit Palit (TERI, New Delhi)
11.45Smart Food
Joanna Kane-Potaka (ICRISAT)
12.00Discussion: Smart Villages Adding-value to Smallholder Farmers?
Dr John Holmes (Smart Villages Initiative)
12.30Lunch
14.00Break-out Session
i. How can investors, banks and co-operatives best engage to improve livelihoods and productivity in smart villages?
Leader: Dr Raj Dravid (New Delhi)
ii. What are successful models for engagement to develop sustainable productive enterprises in smart villages?
Leader: Ashok Mangotra (New Delhi)
iii. What additional steps can be taken to communicate, incentivize and regulate the
adoption of renewable energy for agriculture?
Leader: Dr Shailaja Fennel (Smart Villages Initiative)
iv. How can the use of renewable energy for agriculture help to mitigate and adapt to the
effects climate change in smart villages
Leader: David Bergvinson (ICRISAT)
15.15Tea Break
15.45Report Back on Break-out Sessions
16.30Presentations TBC
17.00Finish
18.30Dinner to include interactive discussion about Smart Villages Case Study
Ameet Deshpande & Srinivas Andaluri (Sun Moksha)
Friday, 23 September
09.00 Plenary; Smart Villages: A New Industry for Electrical Engineering
Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala & Dr Prabhjot Kaur (IIT Madras)
09.30Plenary; Smart Villages: Role of ICT in Agricultural Productivity
Dr Suhas Wani (ICRISAT)
10.00Elevator Presentations: Making Villages Smart and Climate Resilient
i. Schools Inspire Villages: Kelly Mermuys (MPower)
ii. Extension Through Innovative ICT: Pritam Kumar Nanda (Digital Green)
iii. Village Farmers: Alfred Arunkumar Daniel (Vellore)
10.45Tea Break
11.15Elevator Presentations: Making Villages Smart and Climate Resilient
i. Entrepreneurs: Anshuman Lath (Gram Oorja)
ii. Solar-based Sustainable Irrigation – strategy: Abishek Jain (CEEW)
iii. Solar-based Sustainable Irrigation – practice: Nilanjan Ghose (IGEN Access, GIZ)
12.00Press Conference
Dr David Bergvinson & Dr Suhas Wani (ICRISAT);Dr John Holmes & Prof Sir Brian Heap (Smart Villages Initiative)
12.45Lunch
14.00Plenary presentations to state politicians and policy makers about smart villages concept
i. Lessons from Africa, South-East Asia and Latin America (interim report)
Dr John Holmes (Smart Villages Initiative)
ii. Lessons from Hyderabad Workshop
Dr Shailaja Fennel (Smart Villages Initiative)
iii. Messages from ICRISAT
Dr Suhas Wani (ICRISAT)
16.00Finish

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