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Creating a fair, inclusive, and equitable society, is at the core of a ‘New India’. This requires policies and development programmes to be geared in such a way that empowers every citizen and provides equal access and opportunities for all. It also encompasses identifying and addressing the specific needs and challenges of the weaker and vulnerable sections and ensuring their inclusive growth, with a focus on reducing inequality. This track will look at some of the relevant topics under this theme including women and rural development, among others.
Session: Role of Rural Women in a Future-Ready India
Rural women are torchbearers for social, economic, and environmental transformation for the ‘New India’. In India, agriculture employs about 80 percent of rural women, and empowering and mainstreaming the rural women workforce can bring a paradigm shift towards economic growth. The session hopes to uncover the many elements of “a future ready workforce” through the lens of grassroots women leaders.
How can the Indian industry work in tandem with the Government to ensure inclusivity and equal benefits to women in society? What policies and initiatives need to be introduced to bring rural women into the mainstream for building an empowered nation?
Session: Technology for Accelerating Rural Development
India’s rural ecosystem has evolved significantly with multiple enablers priming this space for future growth. Significant domestic and international investments are being pumped into the sector to improve efficiency and access to credit. As newer generations of farmers and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) become digitally savvy, new business models are also emerging across the agriculture value chain, from inputs and harvesting to processing and distribution.
What can be done to bring the focus of investors on opportunities that address systemic issues in rural development, build sustainable systems, and ensure inclusive growth? How can technology, information, and transparency be leveraged to address existing inefficiencies and formalise the sector?