What is the DiCRA platform?

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Recently, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-create data-driven digital public good which includes DiCRA.

About DiCRA:

  • Data in Climate Resilient Agriculture (DiCRA) is a collaborative digital public good which provides open access to key geospatial datasets pertinent to climate resilient agriculture.
  • It is curated by UNDP and partner organizations to inform public investments in agriculture, and already provides intelligence on climate resilience for 50 million hectares of farmland across India.
  • It is guided by the digital public good principles of open access, open software, open code and open APIs.
  • It uses cutting edge data science and machine learning to identify farms that are resilient to climate change and those that are highly vulnerable.
  • Advantages
  • By partnering for enhancing and scaling its use, NABARD will host and maintain the DiCRA platform and use its key geospatial datasets for policy making, research and development activities, with UNDP's technical support.
  • This five-year technical cooperation is envisaged to foster collective climate action, create innovative platforms and new product offerings to enhance economic empowerment in rural India.
  • Such open data innovations can highlight best practices, optimize agriculture investments and shelter populations from risk.

Q1:What is NABARD?

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is an apex development financial institution in India that primarily focuses on the agricultural and rural sectors. It was established on July 12, 1982, as a statutory body under the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act, 1981. 

Source: UNDP and NABARD sign MoU to co-create data-driven innovations in agriculture