Summary of the Proceeding
Revitalising Rainfed Agriculture (RRA) Network, formed in 2010, is a pan India network with more than 600 members, that includes eminent academics, policy makers, farmer and civil society organisations, working for a prosperous and resilient rainfed agriculture. The network organized a two-day National Convention on 14 and 15 February 2019 in New Delhi.
Dr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority, was the chief guest of the programme. The other guests of the inaugural session were Padmashree awardee Shri Bharat Bhushan Tyagi, Mr. Tomio Shichiri, representative of FAO, UN, Smt. Leena Johri, Joint Secretary Department of Rural Development, Government of India and Mr. Srinivas Iyer, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation.
During the two days, sessions were conducted on 13 different themes. There were two motives: first, to sensitize the attendees about the wide variety of subjects that need to be dealt with respect to rainfed areas and, second, to provide a platform for farmers, researchers, policy makers, etc. for exchanging insights and experiences. So that some policy imperatives would emerge, which can help in altering the current policy framework governing the rainfed areas.