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SKAC: A project capable of changing the dynamics of Indian agricultural sector
India has seen several farmer protests in the recent past. Various factors have caused them, and the weather in large parts of the country has not really helped, adding to farmer distress.

The agriculture sector in India struggles with modernization to fulfill its potential, and there is a great need to transform the way this part of the economy of India works. When the agriculture industry doesn't thrive, a large part of the population is affected negatively.

India Center Foundation (ICF), along with its Japanese counterparts, is setting up the first Smart Knowledge & Agriculture Corridor (SKAC) in the country. The SKAC would encompass water resource management, irrigation of the land with the proper technology, food storage to prevent waste, the establishment of research institutions and the empowerment of farmers and their families with education and awareness that could completely transform the way they live.

The corridor is going to change the dynamics of agriculture for the farmer and will have a positive impact across the country. ICF sets the agenda for the farmer in such a way that there is a food surplus rather than a deficit. The technology that drives it will be made available to farmers and communities with ICF acting as the facilitator of the spread of knowledge and awareness.

The current government of India is doing all it can to drive this change at the ground level, making it the right time to move towards the sustainable growth of the sector. ICF will take up each issue and apply smart solutions to it to create a seamless transition from the old to the new. Institutions to research better ways of farming will help agricultural activity to pick up its pace and create an environment that can bring great positive dividends to rural India. The various schemes that the government has announced for farmers will be integrated with the ICF initiatives for creating a knowledge based agricultural corridor. Thousands of farmers and their families will benefit in this participation with the ICF with better connectivity, techniques and sustained prosperity.

ICF is a thought leader. It will bring about these changes by helping and visualizing for the farming community on change and sustainability to stabilize livelihoods across the rural landscape. ICF's vision is to create something that can be easily duplicated everywhere in the country and later the world, once the first corridor is established and moving rapidly to empower its farming community in every way possible. This is why the SKAC is one of the initiatives the ICF will present at the Global Partnership Summit (GPS) 2017, in New Delhi from 11-14 December.

At ICF the underlying principle is that if there is a problem, there will be a simple solution and it will be applied with speed so as to minimize any production losses. This is what drives the India Japan partnership and is now expanding to include other global partners at the GPS 2017. 

Japan and India are now going through a new phase in their relationship brought about by the personal connect that the government of the day has with its counterpart. This fresh sense of cooperation and accepting that Japan is a technological leader in farming techniques gives enormous impetus to the partnership between the two countries and, through ICF, to farmers across the length and breadth of the country.

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