ADVANCES IN AGROMETEOROLOGY FOR MANAGING CLIMATIC RISKS OF FARMERS

Risks and uncertainties in agricultural production system due to increasing climatic variability and weather extremes have become the prime cause of global food insecurity. According to studies, weather remains the largest source of variability of farm outputs. Depending on the level of development, roughly 20 to 80% of the inter-annual variability in yields stems from the variability of weather through either direct physiological stresses or through indirect stresses, like pests and diseases. Agricultural production systems are controlled by the environmental conditions and farm management. The resilience of the agricultural systems can be achieved through climate sensitive policies and actions. Identification, understanding and analysis of the climatic risks in agriculture and finding their possible solutions are the key issues to be addressed by stakeholders.

Advancement in observational systems, weather and climate prediction, agrometeorological services, analytical tools and technological innovations has provided the opportunities to reduce the climatic risks and achieving sustainability. Recent developments in Agrometeorological Advisory System in different parts of the world have shown promise to minimize losses in agriculture, securing farm income and making the systems climate resilient.

Considering the urgent need of sharing the agrometeorological knowledge among researchers, policy makers, industry and farmers to learn from each other, identify the promising technologies/practices and develop a roadmap for risk management, the Association of Agrometeorologists (AAM) is organizing an International Symposium on “Advances in Agrometeorology for Managing Climatic Risks of Farmers” (INAGMET-2018) at New Delhi (India), during November 25 - 28, 2018. The symposium is jointly organized with India Meteorological Department (IMD), and ICAR - Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR-IARI)). It aims to bring together the global experience on the advances in weather and climate predictions; understanding the impacts of climate change and variability on agriculture; sharing and cataloguing the experiences of global meteorological and agricultural communities on effective interventions and promising technologies for adaptation and mitigation; and identifying areas for future research and collaboration as per the requirements of farming community.