ISARC hosts workshop to address impacts of climate change on major cereal crops in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh

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VARANASI, INDIA, 26 November 2023 – The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) in Varanasi hosted Prioritizing Agronomy in Changing Environment (PAiCE), an international workshop on adaptation options addressing the adverse impacts of climate change on rice, wheat, and maize. The objectives of the workshop are to identify the potential adaptation options, evaluate them, and validate them for prioritization in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh.

“PAiCE is an interactive tool developed to aid in the prioritization process of mitigating climatic hazards and the identification of adaptation options,” said ISARC Director Sudhanshu Singh. “It deals with the system characterization of key crops based on their area and economic value of production and the identification and prioritization of major climatic challenges and hazards for each crop and season.

“The workshop would lead to a discussion on multidimensional adaptation strategies based on the impact, cost, and value of potential adaptation options to harness maximum benefits for specific regions and crops,” Dr. Sudhanshu added.

The workshop was jointly organized by the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), a regional program of Excellence in Agronomy (EiA), Transforming Agrifood Systems in South Asia (TAFSSA), and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (ICAR-CRIDA), Hyderabad.

Addressing the event, ICAR-CRIDA Director Dr. V. K. Singh appreciated the world-class and technologically advanced scientific facilities available at ISARC that could help the stakeholders associated with IRRI in accelerating and scaling their knowledge and services. “We are highly thankful to ISARC for hosting this workshop and providing an excellent platform for the distinguished agronomy experts from different agencies across South Asia to interact among themselves and discuss the third module of the PAiCE tool. The main objectives of the workshop are to identify the potential…

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