Microsoft founder Bill Gates addressed the 8th International Conference on Agricultural Statistics in New Delhi. The Philanthropist in his addressed asserted on the effects that climate change will have on farmers and the agro-industry. He also spoke about the importance of providing the correct knowledge on climate change.
Bill Gates said that correct information on climate change must be provided to farmers to prepare them for the damages of climate change and stated the importance of correct statistics in providing the information.
"The biggest challenge today is climate change at a time when we need to increase production and food availability. The work that statisticians do is very critical to face this challenge. Understanding how climate change is affecting crops, productivity and how we can adopt and adapt to these changes is going to require the best statistics, including the use of new digital tools. Everyone here is a part of humanity’s strive to adapt to the changing climate and to make sure that particularly the poorest farmers of the world get all the available information,” Bill Gates said.
"The good news is that there are lots of innovations to face these challenges. Today in order to tackle the issues of climate change we need to double the investment in developing innovative seeds and particularly the seeds publicly available,” Gates added.
Bill Gates also gave examples of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres in India for providing and developing seeds for dryland cultivation and said that more methods like these need to be adopted to combat the effects of climate change. "The good news is that there are lots of innovations to face these challenges," he said.
Earlier, Bill Gates participated in an event where NITI Aayog launched, 'Health System for A New India: Building Blocks-Potential pathways to reform. He also met PM Modi and had meetings with several top officials and ministers of the Government including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.