Agriculture, Sustainability and Health

Possible points of discussion:

  • Food and crop patterns, nutrition and food security
  • Food, agriculture and sustainability; reducing impact on global warming through better food systems and better food choices.
  • Methods for helping agriculture
  • Ecology and health
  • Climate, environment and health
  • One health: interdependence of animal, human and environmental health

Talk Abstracts

Kaushi KanankegeVeterinary epidemiology and One Health

One Health promotes collaboration across disciplines to solve complex problems that affect the animal, human, and environmental health. In this ‘breaking silo’ approach to health, identifying where and how one discipline can collaborate with another can be challenging. Veterinary epidemiology can serve as a bridge that exemplifies how veterinary medicine and animal health play a key role in One Health and how other disciplines can collaborate.

K S Kavi KumarClimate change and Food Security

The talk will:

● Provide a brief review of the available evidence of climate change impacts on Indian agriculture.
● Highlight the need for enhancing our understanding on adaptation, distributional issues, welfare impacts, and going beyond gradual changes;
● Stress the need for facilitating transformative changes in rural livelihoods and agriculture, to overcome
severe challenges to food security posed by climate change, and also to meet SDG

Alok TalekarFuture of Food, Climate and AI in India

Climate crisis is an urgent issue that needs to be addressed as it is severely impacting the agricultural sector in India. At the same time, it is unclear how to scale solutions in a sector which is so financially stressed. Remote sensing and machine learning provide unique solutions that can help decisions be data driven, and use existing and future resources more effectively, and create unique opportunities to leapfrog intermediate solutions. Remote sensing also has the unique advantage of being equitable.

Session Speakers

Kaushi Kanankege(University of Minnesota)

I’m a veterinary epidemiologist with training in epidemiology, population medicine, infectious diseases, spatial analysis, and data science. I describe my vision and mission as ‘applied One Health’. My research focuses on zoonotic diseases, food safety, and the impact of intensive livestock production on public and environmental health. I promote interdisciplinary research to co-create knowledge that leads to science-based decision-making and end-user education.

K S Kavi Kumar (Madras School of Economics, Chenna)

Dr. K.S. Kavi Kumar is currently working as professor at Madras School of Economics, Chennai. His research interests include economics of environment, economics of climate change, and development economics.

Alok Talekar (Google Inc.)

I am a software engineer at Google and lead an effort focused on using remote sensing and machine learning to solve urgent problems faced by the agricultural sector in India and the global south. I was a founding member of the Climate Trace initiative, where I worked pro bono as a Google.org Fellow with WattTime. I have been with Google in various teams for over 6 years, and worked in the tech industry for over a decade.

In my spare time I co-lead a fairly large grassroots climate solutions group at Google, who are collectively pooling 20% time at work to build climate solutions in a variety of sectors. I enjoy understanding the creation of ideas and business models, evolution of governance, technology and empathy, and the resulting impact on society and collective behavior

Bharat Ramaswamy(Ashoka University)

Ramaswami is Professor of Economics at Ashoka University.

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