Talk at CES on 17 February 2017 at 3:00 pm titled "Can smallholder agriculture be made environmentally sustainable? Opportunities and experiences from socio-ecological field work, and the potential for Indo-Israeli collaboration." by Dr. Ram Fishman from

Topic: 
Can smallholder agriculture be made environmentally sustainable? Opportunities and experiences from socio-ecological field work, and the potential for Indo-Israeli collaboration.
Speaker: 
Dr. Ram Fishman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University
Date & Time: 
17 Feb 2017 - 3:00pm
Event Type: 
Talk
Venue: 
CES Seminar Hall, 3rd Floor, Biological Sciences Building
Coffee/Tea: 
Before the talk
Abstract:

Smallholder agriculture will need to become much more efficient and precise in its use of water, energy, and chemical inputs if it is to become environmentally sustainable. However, diffusing efficient cultivation technologies among smallholders faces many social and economic challenges, requiring innovative solutions. I will describe some example and experiences from related field work in India around attempts to reduce water and nitrogen use, and opportunities for students to become involved in such research.
I will focus on emerging opportunities for Indian-Israeli collaboration in such research, including a summer program in Tel Aviv university that offers scholarships to selected Indian students.

Speaker Bio: 
Ram Fishman is an Assistant Professor of public policy at Tel Aviv University. Prior to coming to TAU, Ram was an assistant professor of Economics at George Washington University, and prior to that, a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ram’s research is focused on sustainable agriculture, water scarcity and climate change, with an emphasis on developing countries. He has recently founded a research group at TAU that is running several empirical field projects Asia and Africa. For more information, see www.nitsanlab.org. Ram holds a PhD in Sustainable Development from Columbia University, a M.Sc. in Physics from the Weitzman Institute and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Tel Aviv University.