Launch of National Report - Evaluating Policy Coherence in Food, Land, and Water Systems: Evidence from India

  • Date
  • Time
    10:00 am > 02:00 pm UTC+05:30
  • Location
    Tamarind Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, Delhi, 110003, India
  • Registration

    This event is by invitation only.

International Water Management Institute (IWMI)


Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, which aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development, outlines policy coherence as a major pathway to achieve this. At the basic level, policy coherence aims to identify trade-offs and mitigate negative impacts between policies. At a more ambitious level, it aims to foster synergies and draft policies that mutually reinforce each other and ensure that policies are inclusive of the concerned stakeholders’ perspectives.  

CGIAR Research Initiative on National Policies and Strategies (NPS) focuses on building policy coherence and integrating policy tools at national and subnational levels in eight countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Under this initiative, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) have researched the policy landscape at the national level in India in the food, land, and water (FLW) space. NITI Aayog, the apex public policy think tank of the Government of India, has guided this research.  The study offers key evidence-based recommendations for enhancing policy coherence.

We undertook the following methodological steps to analyse the policy coherence of the FLW sectors at the national level. A database on central-level policies encompassing the FLW sector was developed which consisted of 60 policies from 12 ministries.  From this, seven policies were selected for in-depth analysis through predefined criteria. These policies were Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana – Per Drop More Crop (RKVK – PDMC), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana – Watershed Development Component (PMKSY – WDC 2.0),  Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), National Mission for Clean Ganga – Namami Gange Programme (NMCG – NGP) and Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY). The in-depth analysis was conducted through a consultative approach to gather insights on policy coherence in the food, land, and water systems in India. The findings were then validated through a national-level consultation workshop organised in June 2023.

We aim to bring together experts from within the government and civil society organisations to:  

  • Launch the National Report on Evaluating Policy Coherence in Food, Land and Water Systems: Evidence from India
  • Share the key recommendations from the study
  • Deliberate on critical challenges to strengthen policy coherence in the sectors through a panel discussion

 Tentative Agenda:

Time (IST) Session details
1000  – 1030  Registration and welcome tea
1030  – 1040  Welcome remarks and setting the context

Dr Alok Sikka, Country Representative, IWMI India

Mr Nitin Bassi, Senior Programme Lead, CEEW

1040  – 1050 Opening Remarks

Mr Yugal Joshi, Adviser, Water & Land Resources, I&B, Communication and Drinking Water & Sanitation, NITI Aayog

1050 – 1110 Presentation of the Findings from the National Report

Ms Kangkanika Neog, Programme Associate, CEEW

Mr Archisman Mitra, Researcher, IWMI

1110  – 1120  Reflection on the Study

Ms Debashree Mukherjee, Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti

1120  – 1130 Launch of the National Report
1130  – 1150 Tea and refreshments
1150  – 1250  Panel Discussion on 

Realigning governance for better coherence and sustainability in the food, land and water systems   

●       Mr Yugal Joshi, Adviser, Water & Land Resources, I&B, Communication and Drinking Water & Sanitation, NITI Aayog

●       Dr Arabinda Kumar Padhee, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, Government of Odisha

●       Dr Alok Sikka, Country Representative, IWMI India

●       Dr Laxmi Joshi, Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER)

●       Ms Parijat Ghosh, Team Coordinator, Research and Advocacy at Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

Moderated by Mr Nitin Bassi

1250 – 1305 Interaction with the audience  (Q&A)
1305  – 1315  Closing Remarks

IWMI India

Vote of thanks

Mr Saahil Parekh, Programme Lead, CEEW

1315 onwards  Networking Lunch

Note: This is an invitation only event.

In case of any assistance, please reach out to:

Dr Suparana Katyaini | | +918826584814
Mr Kartikey Chaturvedi || +918851735539
Mr Archisman Mitra | | +919650211160