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R. Raman

Keynote Speaker for Horticulture Conference 2021 - R. Raman
R. Raman
Annamalai University, India
Title : Climate smart agriculture: Through integrated agronomic practices for enhancing the productivity and ensuring food security


Agriculture is extremely vulnerable to climate change .Cultivation of crops across the world must experience an important transformation to meet the coincident challenges of climate change, food insecurity, poverty, undernourishment, and ecological degradation. Global climate is also varying. An increasing worldwide population and changing food habits are driving up the demand for more food. Production is struggling to keep up as crop yields level off in many parts of the world .Across the nations rainfall patterns are set to change. In many areas drought become more common and stronger. Climate change is rising as one of the major threats to development across the globe. Ensuring food safety under changing climate circumstances is one of the main challenges of our period. Most estimates indicate that climate change is likely to reduce agricultural productivity, production stability and revenue of the farmers. The food security challenge will only become more difficult, as the world will need to produce more food about 70 percent by 2050 to feed an approximate 9 billion people. Climate change’s negative impacts are previously being felt, in the form of reduced yields and more frequent extreme weather events, affecting crop yield and livestock alike.

Agriculture is the major income source for the poor people who live in the villages. Developing nations are more prone for Climate change. Resilience is therefore a prime concern. Meeting the dual challenges of achieving food security and responding to climate variability and change will require significant change in agricultural practices in coming years. Climate-smart agriculture takes an ecosystem approach, working at the field level to increase productivity, enhance resilience to changing temperatures and rainfall patterns, and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Climate smart agriculture is an integrated approach that considers the social, economic and environmental context specific to the location .It requires close cooperation between agricultural and business sectors, policy makers and institutions. It also takes into account all dimen­sions of food security (availability, accessibility, affordability, utilization and stability).


Prof.Dr.R.Raman received his B.Sc(Ag) in 1990, M.Sc(Ag) in 1992 and Ph.D in 1998 from Annamalai University. He joined as Lecturer in 1994, elevated as Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2007. His research interest focus on: Organic farming, post harvest technology, crop production, nutrient management and climate change studies. He has presented many of his research papers in the international and national conferences as a keynote speaker/ plenary speaker and also served as Chairman/ convener of scientific session. He is recipient of International Young and Deserving Scientist award from Asian pacific Weed Science Society in 1999, Crop Research Award  from Agricultural research Information Centre in 2004, United Nations University Fellowship from United Nations University Tokyo, Japan in 2008 and Best Oral presentation award at the 2nd International Conference on Agriculture and Biological Sciences in 2016.He has being serving as a National Level Monitoring team member in the National Food Security Mission, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India He is operating many research projects in his capacity as Principal Investigator. He has visited more than 15 countries for academic works.He has published many of his research papers in the reputed scientific journals. He is a life member of many National and International organizations. 

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