South Asia

Enhancing capacities of the AgMIP South Asia regional teams through capacity-building workshops and knowledge-sharing platforms

The goal of this project is to strengthen the building of capacity for the AgMIP transdisciplinary research teams throughout the South Asia region through a partnership between AgMIP and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The aim is to prepare and publish integrated assessments of climate change impacts and adaptation for Pakistan, the Indo-Gangetic Basin, Southern India, and Sri Lanka.

South Asia Regions Map

The AgMIP South Asia Regional Coordination Project is led by Dr. D. Guntuku of ICRISAT Global Leader for Knowledge Sharing and Innovation, with contributions from Drs. C. Bantilan and R. Mula, Mr. S.V. Prasad Rao, and a Research Fellow to be determined (ICRISAT). In addition, the AgMIP Leaders (Drs. C. Rosenzweig, J. Jones, J. Hatfield, K. Boote, P. Thorburn, C. Porter, S. Janssen, A. Ruane, J. Antle, R.Valdivia, G. Nelson) and Drs. P. Singh, S. Nedumaran (ICRISAT) and D. Murthy (ANGRAU) are among those identified as expert contributors who enable curriculum building, development of individual and group learning modules, and teaching in climate, crop, economic, information technology, and integrated assessments.

The Regional CoordinationTeam will liaise with designated representatives from each AgMIP Regional Research Team, and with AgMIP Leadership, enable collaborative workshop development. Research Teams will be advised on how to organize and prepare for participation in each workshop. This includes development of an inventory of data needed for regional assessments (e.g., weather, site experiment, soil, socio-economic parameters); preparation of materials for presentation at the workshop; guidelines for identifying IT goals of the project (e.g., data management plans, project website, etc.); establishment of concise summaries of climate, crop and economic models analyses in planning or underway; and, identification of stakeholders whose engagement is likely to be mutually beneficial.

Workshop reports summarize presentations and learning activities and also provide guidance on next steps. In addition, the team will provide guidance on requested training on specific topics, to be advanced in partnership with national and international entities that have expressed interest in the co-sponsorship of specialized topic training that is needed for other initiatives in the region.