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
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.