ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora organized the national webinar on Sustainable Livelihood and Nutritional Security under Changing Climate in the North Western Himalayan Region: Issues, Challenges and Strategies (19-20th March 2021) through virtual mode. The webinar held with the theme of “Sustainability in the climate Change Paradigm for Livelihood and Nutritional Security in the North Western Himalayan region”. Dr. T R Sharma, Deputy Director General (DDG), Crop Science, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi was the chief guest and chairman in the first session of the webinar. He spoke about the webinar and its importance. During the inaugural session, publications on first white grain finger millet variety (VL Mandua 382) of Uttarakhand and second marker assisted selection derived quality protein maize hybrid (VLQPH 59) developed by ICAR-VPKAS, Almora were released by the chief guest.
Dr H S Gupta, Former Director General, Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) spoke about status, challenges and new avenues in hill agriculture to improve livelihood and ensure food security. A total of 452 participants including students, faculty members from state agricultural universities, scientists, entrepreneurs and progressive farmers registered and attended the webinar. The five technical sessions of the webinar were viz., (i.) Hill agriculture: status, challenges and strategies to strengthen climate resilience and livelihood security (ii.) Technologies for productivity enhancement, resource conservation and income generation (iii.) Socio economic concerns in technological spread in hill agriculture (iv) Issues in marketing, enterprenurship and policy making and (v) Migration and wild animal menace covered the most pertinent issues in the context of sustainable agriculture in North-Western Himalayan region. Keeping in view the future challenges, there was one special session on different enterprenurship models during the webinar. In this session entrepreneurs shared their experiences through video films. These successful entrepreneurs encouraged participant’s specially progressive farmers for self employment through agribased enterprenurship models for making North Western Himalayan region self reliant. Each technical session had one or two keynote address followed by invited talks of eminent speakers of their respective field.