INSEE and OEA Online Panel Discussion on “Climate Change, Agriculture and Western Odisha: Implications for SDGs”


Dr. Nilanjan Ghosh, President, INSEE

Prof. Arabinda Mishra, Chairperson, Development and Environment Futures Trust (DEFT)

Dr. Bibhu Prasad Nayak, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad

Dr. Pradyot Ranjan Jena, National Institute of Technology Surathkal, Karnataka

Dr. Architesh Panda, UNU-EHS, Bonn, Germany


Dr. Chandra Sekhar Bahinipati, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India


Prof. Keshab Das, President, Odisha Economics Association

The panel discussion starts with initial remarks by Prof. Das on the nexus between climate change, agriculture, and Odisha’s economy. Dr. Bahinipati moderated the panel discussion by introducing each panel member and providing a particular theme for each panel member to elaborate further and discuss.

Dr. Ghosh set the stage by discussing the broader theme of ‘climate change, food security, and water security, in the context of different states in India, including Odisha. Following this, Dr. Nayak and Dr. Jena have discussed the impact of climate change on agriculture and also adaptation strategies undertaken by the farmers, particularly in the undivided KBK regions. After this, Dr. Panda highlighted the adoption of crop insurance and its role in mitigating loss and damages from climate variability and extreme events. He has discussed it by bringing evidence from Africa and South Asia. In the end, Prof. Mishra elaborated on the required institutional setup and financial mechanisms. to promote adaptation options.