Securing Lives, Enabling Action: GIZ’s CCKNIA and UPNRM participate at Livelihood Asia Summit 2015

Livelihoods Asia Summit, organised by Access Development Services (an Indian non-profit organisation), was held in New Delhi on December 10 and 11, 2015. A unique platform that facilitates south-south dialogue on livelihoods enhancement of the poor, the summit saw active participation of representatives from the private sector, international NGOs, government and policy.

The two-day summit explored critical thematic areas such as - impact of poverty reduction funds, rebuilding lives of those impacted by natural calamities (in light of the recent Chennai floods this session was timely and well-attended), managing skill aspirations, sustainable livelihood solutions for the poorest of the poor, secure livelihood options for refugees, and climate change adaptive strategies.

The second day session on ‘Climate Change, Adaptive Strategies and Livelihoods’ was moderated by Preeti Kumar, Senior Environmental Specialist in the Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank.

Mr. Florian Moder, Technical Advisor, to GIZ’s Climate Change Knowledge Network in Indian Agriculture (CCKNIA) programme presented how the project uses ICT to bridge the knowledge gap tostrengthen climate change adaptation by farmers. Other panellists comprised of NABARD’s AGM, (GIZ’s partner), Marie Rossetti, Project Advisor, Climate Change Policy and Finance, GIZ, Thailand, Dr. G. Senthil Kumar, Executive Director, CARE India and Narendra Singh Rathore, Advisor, Government of Meghalaya. With the background of the Paris COP 21 -- culminating into a historic global climate agreement towards a low-carbon future -- this session focussed on South Asia’s agrarian sector and its coping mechanisms when it comes to dealing with recurrent extreme weather events. The panellists shared their institutional experiences and learnings, explaining the need to have resilient local plans so as to curb climate refugees, and lower the risks of livelihood losses.  CCKNIA discussed how robust, time-sensitive and critical agricultural information potentially reduces incidents of climate-shock, better preparing the farmers for managing distressing climatic events.

Nearly 400 stakeholders from about 10 Asian countries took part in this summit.  About 40 eminent speakers and thought leaders from various sectors and companies spoke at this forum.

The summit’s market place showcased merchandise, and knowledge products. GIZ’s Umbrella Programme for Natural Resource Management (UPNRM) programme had a kiosk displaying all knowledge products under the Natural Resource Management (NRM) programme. Organic products from two channel partners of UPNRM (Sahajja Sammruddha and VAPCOL) were on display. Visitors asked information about UPNRM’s NRM-based loan product and how it has changed the rural landscape in terms of financing, local entrepreneurship and livelihood.

The summit saw intense dialogue and networking among the sector specialists and government from the South Asia region.