Video profile – Indo-Gangetic Basin Regional Research Team

The Indo-Gangetic Basin research team is one of seven regional research teams across Africa and Southern Asia working to provide scientifically rigorous and relevant agricultural information to stakeholders and decision makers. These Regional Research Teams, following the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) Protocols for Regional Integrated Assessments, are at the forefront of agricultural research.

The protocol approach is based on a documented methodology that allows for results to be replicated, inter-compared, and improved over time. AgMIP’s Protocols for Regional Integrated Assessment encourages an interdisciplinary approach to research and requires collaboration among scientists from a range of backgrounds (i.e. climate, crop, socio-economic) as well as active engagement with stakeholders – from farm level to national policy level – to simulate agricultural productivity and impacts of future changes on populations.

Three scientists from the IGB Team spent several minutes discussing their research and efforts of the regional integrated assessment.

The Indo-Gangetic Basin is located in northern India, and includes portions of Bangladesh and Nepal. The Indo-Gangetic Basin research team focuses their work in the central and eastern portion of the region, and has chosen to analyze four sites during the assessments. These sites were chosen to represent the diversity of the Indo-Gangetic Basin region and portray the agricultural development within this region.

The Regional Integrated Assessment methodology focuses on four core questions that examine the impacts of climate on agriculture. These questions are: 1) What is the sensitivity of current agricultural production systems to climate change? 2) What are the benefits of adaptation in current agricultural systems? 3) What is the impact of climate change on future agricultural production systems? 4) What are the benefits of climate change adaptations?

Once completed, the Regional Integrated Assessments will provide valuable information to decision-makers both locally and nationally.