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Agriculture and Human Development in India

Indigenous Practices, Scientific views and Sustainability

Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU) and Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati(IITG) invite you to participate in the International Academic Conference IGNOU-AHD2017 “Agriculture and Human Development in India: Indigenous Practices, Scientific views and Sustainability” to be held during September 8-9, 2017 at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. The conference is co-organized by the IGNOU Regional Centre, Guwahati, School of Agriculture, IGNOU, New Delhi and Regional Services Division, IGNOU, New Delhi, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. We welcome scholars, researchers, scientists, social scientists, corporations and government executives, non-profit and non-government workers to present their research work or just participate.

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ORGANIZERS

IGNOU, Regional Centre, Guwahati
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Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

VENUE

Conference Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

DATE

September 8-9, 2017

CALL FOR PAPER

The International Academic Conference is a multidisciplinary conference with three primary focus areas ie Indigenous Practices, Scientific views and Sustainability.

You are invited to present your research work under one of the following conference tracks:

    1) Agriculture within frontiers of Formal Science:
  • Impact on global warming and climate change; Role of formal science ,Bio-technology and Agro-ecology; Contemporary science and its assessment of global soil depletion, biodiversity loss, GM and High Yielding variety crop, technology enhanced agriculture; chemical input, fertilizers and pesticides, pest management, soil management, green revolution etc; Role of Formal institutions, International and National Institutions WTO, WHO, FAO etc in monitoring and regulation, Network and collaborations ; Agricultural policy at national and international level; Scientific parameters and technology for Intensive Agriculture.
  • 2) Agriculture and sustainability:
  • Environment, society, economy; planet, people, profit (PPP)model; natural resource management; land , forest, water, natural capital and ecosystem services; Sustainable practices and Organic Farming; Prospects, issues and challenges; Alternative paradigms of knowledge and practices eg shifting cultivation ; Envisioning the new consciousness towards sustainability and food system management for livelihood support, bio diversity preservation, soil preservation, local resource utilisation; low chemical impact, community participation; food sovereignty, choice and health; Informal food network and local markets; NGO’s and citizens forum for democratization of agricultural institutions; Agriculture for human development and rural development, local entrepreneurship and employment generation for youth, women, farmers and community; Consumer supported agriculture(CSA).
  • 3) Agriculture and Indigenous knowledge system:
  • Informal and oral traditions of traditional communities; contributions of ‘little traditions and ‘great traditions’ in agrarian societies, subaltern knowledge, indigenous and traditional knowledge systems and indigenous farming technology; traditional paradigms and worldview for community food management, food consumption and starvation, health, CAM (Complimentary and alternative medicine), such as growth of unani ,ayurveda, chinese medicinal herb cultivation, tribal medicine of North East India etc; Case studies.

    1. Formal scientific community and political governance plays an important role in creating the paradigm shift to the consciousness of sustainability for any nation. What are the main ways this connection between scientists, farmers, and community can be effectively implemented? What could be the main hurdles and how could they be overcome?

    2. How can there be a healthy reconciliation between formal scientific knowledge related to agriculture and the informal/indigenous local knowledge of communities?

    3. What concerns are to be emphasized while planning a holistic agricultural policy for a developing world from a scientist’s perspective?

    4. Is it possible for organic farming through traditional practices to address food security and poverty by scaling down to local development?

    5. What Role does science and technology play in the adoption of sustainable practices in agriculture in the developed world? How viable is a holistic scientific knowledge transfer from the developed world to the developing world?

    6. How can traditional and indigenous knowledge resources of communities be empowered and enhanced by science and technology, ICT and modern strategies of Business management?

Please submit your abstract via registration form. The abstract should not exceed 400 words. Within 15 days from receiving your abstract we will let you know if your proposal is accepted.
Regular Presentation: You will have up to 15-20 minutes time for your presentation. It is recommended to speak no longer than 15 minutes and let at least 5 minutes for discussion. Please bring your presentation on a USB flash drive. Each presentation room will be equipped with a laptop and a screen for PowerPoint presentations. The laptop will be set up for PowerPoint presentations. Transparency projectors are not provided. Assume there may not be internet access.
Poster Session: Poster session enables to present your research work on a banner space and discuss with those who will show interest. One or more authors should sit or stand near their poster during the poster session, which takes usually approx. one hour. It is recommended to have several hard copies of your work to hand it over to those who will show interest. We would like to point out, the poster sizes should be max. 1,6 meter vertically and 0,8 m. horizontally.
Please be aware of the deadlines of submission and registration. Read the important dates carefully.