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Data-driven innovations in agriculture

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: PTI

Context: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has entered into a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India to co-create data-driven innovations in agriculture and food systems to benefit smallholder farmers.

  • This collaboration aims to enhance the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers by sharing open-source data for product development, technology transfer, and policy framing.
  • The partnership’s focus is on improving climate resilience in agriculture, and it involves the dissemination of collaborative digital public goods such as DiCRA (Data in Climate Resilient Agriculture).
  • DiCRA provides open access to key geospatial datasets relevant to climate-resilient agriculture and is curated by UNDP and partner organizations.


The collaboration is seen as a significant opportunity to leverage data and present it as a digital public infrastructure for India’s rural farming community. Open data innovations like this can promote best practices, optimize agricultural investments, and enhance the resilience of smallholders, especially women, against various risks.