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Smallholders and private sector working towards sustainable sugar production in India
12:30pm - 2:00pm
Session Chair: Jose Masjuan, IFC, United States of America
ID: 1004 MasterClass - learning day events
Promoting Smart Land and Water Use for Climate Smart Sugarcane: Focus on Smallholder Behaviour Change with a Robust Business Case
Harsh Vivek, Suparna Jain, Rajpal Singh, Richard Colback, Charles Lor, Ernest Bethe
International Finance Corporation
India is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change which threatens to push millions of smallholders back into poverty. With growing population, there is an ever-increasing competition for scarce natural resources, particularly land and water, to meet the demand for food-fibre-fodder-fuel. There is a need to support smallholders for behaviour change through capacity building to adopt climate smart agriculture practices that encourage smart land and water use, enhance on-farm resource efficiency and safeguard livelihoods from climate-related shocks.
IFC is supporting two Indian agribusiness companies to build capacity of 100,000 smallholder sugarcane farmers to adopt climate smart sugarcane cultivation practices, focused on sustainable land and water use. Since inception in 2012, the project has increased sugarcane farm yields by 20 percent, increased farm incomes by 25 percent and 75 billion litres in farm water-use avoided. The sugar companies have benefitted through improved sourcing, higher business volumes and greater farmer loyalty.
The project underscores the need for a “win-win” business case for both the farmers and the private sector that promotes smart land and water use in the commodity value-chains. Based on a robust business case, the private sector can play a leadership role in contributing to Sustainable Development Goals.
Biography Harsh Vivek is an Operations Officer at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), based in New Delhi, India. With 12 years of working experience, Harsh now leads the agribusiness advisory services program in South Asia particularly focused on India, Nepal and Bangladesh. His work involves supporting private sector IFC investment clients through advisory services on issues related to sustainability, particularly on climate change, sustainable land and water use, and smallholder supply-chain development.
Harsh is a MBA from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, India and an economics graduate from the University of Delhi. He has also done Executive Programs in Development Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines, and Climate Change Adaptation from Global Climate Adaptation Partnership, University of Oxford. He is a co-author of a book titled “States of the Indian Economy: Towards a Larger Constituency for Second Generation Economic Reforms”, published by Sage Publications.
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