Sustainable agriculture - India
Public and private cooperation between the Netherlands and India already enhances productivity and sustainability of Indian agriculture. The collaboration between the Netherlands and India can be taken to a much higher level in the years to come.
Next to being a major producer and exporter of agricultural products, the Netherlands has a great deal of expertise to offer when it comes to agricultural technologies. Greenhouses, storage facilities and starting materials for many crops can contribute to tremendous developments in India.
Climate Smart Agriculture
Climate Smart Agriculture is key in achieving the goals: making agriculture and food chains more resilient to a changing climate, while enhancing economic growth and sustainable production & consumption patterns. Health and (clean) Water use are central to activities relating to Climate Smart Agriculture as well.
An example of multi-stakeholder commitment to a sustainable agricultural future for India is the Biomass India Initiative, an initiative that transforms a negative climate impact into valorization of climate positive products. Other activities include the establishment of Centers of Excellence (see below) and facilitating matchmaking for sustainability at the many fairs, exhibitions and trade missions.
Centers of Excellence
The establishment of Centers of Excellence (CoE’s) is an important component of the cooperation. With these centers the Netherlands provides for knowledge and technologies by setting up co-operation projects that showcase and transfer latest technologies and knowledge to farmers in their respective states, supported by the Dutch non-profit organization PUM.
In order to make these technologies work for farmers, training projects are a fundamental part of the centers. The centers have differing scopes, from already established centers on vegetables and protected cultivation to planned centers on dairy and poultry. Prime Ministers Nahendra Modi and Mark Rutte agreed to demonstrate ambition and intensify the commitment towards creating more CoE’s.
For more information, see this website (in Dutch).