Publish Date: 2022-10-12 16:16:51
We are delighted to host a talk by our PhD Scholar, Anupam Kumar, this week at the SPP Seminar series, on the topic:
Understanding Digital Agriculture in India -- networks, discourses, and end-user perceptions
The talk will be held at 11:15 am to 12:30 pm on 14th October, Friday in the NRCVEE Committee Room, Block V, IITD.
Agrarian transformations are imagined globally through digital agriculture. Developed and developing economies have started to adopt digital agriculture technologies such as low-cost sensors, fielding disembodied IoT devices and farming drones, AI/ML layered farming apps, automation in existing machinery, etc. Possibilities of novel big data business models (facilitated by IoT, big data analytics, blockchain, etc.) have proliferated private players’ interest in digital agriculture. Also, the rationale that digital agriculture drives food security along with ecological sustainability has drawn the interests of policymakers across the globe. However, the concerns around the ‘soft impacts’ of the agri-digital transition, including socio-cyber implications, have received relatively little attention. Especially, scholarships on responsible agri-digitalization in the developing world remain nascent. We take up to make sense of agri-digitalization in India – How do policies imagine digital agriculture? How do public discourses shape them? What types of actor-network collaborate, co-invest, and co-produce them? How do end-users perceive them? We try to provide a preliminary reflection on these questions from the Indian perspective and in turn, also raise implications for responsible agri-digitalization.
This event is open to all IIT Delhi staff and students. Seating will be on first come first serve basis.