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Prestigious Summit on farming to be held in October

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Shoolini University, in collaboration with Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI), will host the first part of a prestigious Summit called The Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-VII (SMDS-VII).

Shoolini University, in collaboration with Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI), will host the first part of a prestigious Summit called The Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-VII (SMDS-VII).
The summit, to be held in October, aims to identify gaps and opportunities for providing workable solutions for the “Well-being of Next Generation of Farmers in the Himalayan Region”.
Representatives from different Himalayan States would be invited to deliberate on the themes set out. The outcome of the two-day deliberations would be prepared in the form of recommendations of SMDS-VII.
 
The second part of the event, a Chief Ministers’ and Legislators’ Conclave of the Himalayan states would be organized at Shimla by the H.P. Council for Science Technology and Environment (HIMCOSTE) in collaboration with Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) and Shoolini University. With the focus on policy issues, and advocacy, the one-day conclave will bring together Chief Ministers and legislators from all the mountain states of India.
The Indian Himalayan mountain states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, the hill districts of Assam, Tripura and West Bengal cover almost 20.3 per cent of India’s total land mass and host a rich diversity of culture and biodiversity which also provide essential ecosystem services to support people living downstream in the plains, according to Dr Adesh K Saini, Director, Centre of Research on Himalayan Sustainability and Development. Shoolini University.
The two stage mega event that will be jointly organized by HIMCOSTE, Shoolini university and IMI. The conference will endeavour to bring together some of the best legislators, academicians, scholars, development practitioners, government representatives, NGOs and youth from the Himalayan region and beyond to come up with tangible solutions to the challenges faced by the mountain farmers, Dr Saini added.
Various drivers of change in the life of mountain farmers will be understood through this Summit and a road map will be designed to improve the livelihood and wellbeing of farmers. It is time that long term, pragmatic policies are evolved and governance mechanisms are aligned for sustaining agro-economy in the Indian Himalayan region.