An experience sharing Workshop on "Water related risks - flood and drought" was jointly organized by ICAR-Indian Institute of Water Management (IIWM) and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) at ICAR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar on 8th May 2018. Dr. K. Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Engineering & Natural Resource Management), ICAR, New Delhi graced the occasion as Chief Guest. While addressing the gathering, Dr. Alagusundaram appreciated the efforts of the organizers in sensitizing the stakeholders for efficient and timely management of water related risks and stressed the need for index based flood insurance and strengthening the post disaster management by provision of required inputs as and when required. Shri B.J. Sarma Special Secretary, Dept. of Agriculture & Farmers Empowerment, Govt. of Odisha and Shri S. Singhal, Director, Jharkhand Space Application Centre, Govt. of Jharkhand were the Guests of Honour of the event. They highlighted the importance of climate resilient technologies for better management of water related risks and expressed to extend full support to collaborative programmes aiming towards disaster management in the agricultural sector. Earlier, Dr. S.K. Ambast, Director, ICAR-IIWM, welcomed the guests and delegates, and gave a brief overview on institute and workshop and Dr. A.K. Sikka, IWMI India Representative explained the importance of collaboration of IWMI with ICAR in tackling flood and drought in India.
Dr. Giriraj Amarnath, Research Group Leader, IWMI, Sri Lanka, Dr. K.V. Rao, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad and Dr. P.S. Brahmanand, Principal Scientist, ICAR-IIWM, Bhubaneswar presented the outcome of the collaborative research projects on South Asian Drought Monitoring System (SADMS), index based flood insurance (IBFI) and post-flood management in agricultural sector. Delegates from International Potato Centre (CIP); Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Patna; Central Water Commission; National Horticultural Board; WALMI, Cuttack; DSC&WM, Govt. of Odisha; ICAR-NRCIF, Motihari; ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad; ICAR-CSSRI-RRS, Canning Town; ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack; ICAR-CIFA, ICAR-CIWA, ICAR-IIHR-CHES, ICAR-CARI, ICAR-CTCRI, Royal Sundaram, HDFC Ergo, Bhubaneswar and farmers from flood and drought prone areas in Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Dhenkanal and Cuttack districts of Odisha participated in the workshop. They have discussed on the technological and policy options for efficient management of water related risks-flood and drought and expressed their full cooperation in paving the way for integrated approach for post-disaster management in agricultural sector.