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Research Methodology Workshop on Climate Change and Agricultural Economics

Research Methodology Workshop on Climate Change and Agricultural Economics
Venue: Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi
Dates: February 6-10, 2017

Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) in collaboration with NABARD Chair, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi organized this 5 day research methodology workshop for early career researchers/ teachers /MPhil/PhD students. The workshop covered estimation issues in general with a focus on impact evaluation techniques including Randomized Control Trials, Matching, Difference-in-Difference, Instrumental Variables, etc. The objective of the workshop is to enable the participants to apply these techniques in their research involving impact of climate variables on agricultural outcomes, and evaluation of climate smart agricultural interventions.

For more details, click on the links below:

1) Workshop Programme

2) List of participants

3) Inaugural Lecture by Mr. Debesh Roy, DGM, NABARD – ‘Research Requirements of NABARD on Agriculture and Climate Change for Sound Policy Making

Workshop Report

IEG NABARD Chair and Indian Society for Ecological Economics (INSEE) co-organized a one week research methodology workshop on “Impact Evaluation of issues related to Climate Change and Agriculture" during 6th to 10th Feb 2017.

This specific workshop topic was chosen for a number of reasons. As we all are aware, Climate Change and consequent challenges on food security is one of the prime stresses at the moment in India. Climate smart agricultural practices have been implemented in some areas and the net effect of such techniques needs to be examined carefully for the purpose of replication and scaling up. Thus acquainting the young researchers to these issues and exposing them to evaluation methods were thought to be an urgent need of the time. Accordingly, we structured the workshop as a mixture of topics that can expose the participants to relevant issues/questions in agricultural sector needing an answer to help the policy making and methods that need to be learnt in order to answer these questions.
We received tremendous response to the workshop call for application and got more than 160 applications from 9 different countries. They were still coming till last week of January 2017, even though the last date for receiving application was 15th November 2016. We had to decline to some 120+ applicants including applicants from France and Sweden. This showed that our selection of this theme was justified and there is high demand for such workshops. Ultimately we selected 35 participants due to the limited accommodation facility available in IEG.
  • Applications – 160+
  • Accepted – 35
  • Countries from where we received applications – 9 (India, USA, France, Vietnam, Sweden, Belgium, Benin, Bangladesh, Nepal)
    Coming to the details, some of the sessions were very technical as the objective was to teach the most up to date methods used in impact evaluation research. Researchers were persuaded to develop concept notes, proposals using the most suitable method for their topic of research and do their research carefully so that they can contribute towards policy making and somebody somewhere will use their results. Like the mix of lecture topics, we also invited mix of resource persons that consisted of senior faculty like E. Somanathan, JV Meenakshi, PS Birthal, etc. who are internationally recognised stalwarts and also junior colleagues who had done significant research in impact evaluation and agricultural issues.
    We evaluated the effectiveness of the workshop by a short questionnaire survey during the valedictory session and some of the results are shown in Fig 1. Participants seem to have appreciated the design and structure of the workshop as the figure shows, though most of them wanted more practical training, especially hands on STATA exercises. The workshop seems to have highly motivated them by a score of 8.5 in a scale of 1 to 10 to conduct evaluation research in agriculture.
    Some of the topics were described to be least useful and the main causes were lack of practice session or being too technical. Participants also gave a large number of topics like panel data analysis, sectoral analysis of GHG emissions, climate change impact of agricultural value chain, etc. to conduct workshop in future.

Figure 1: Participants opinion on design of workshop