AICHA (Adaptation of Irrigated Agriculture to Climate Change) is a multi-disciplinary Indo-French research project in the fields of agronomy, hydrology and economics. It aims at developing an integrated model for analysing the impact of climate change on groundwater irrigated agriculture of Southern India. The AICHA project is supported by the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), and includes researchers from the Indo-French Cell on Water Science (IFCWS), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).
Its principal collaborators are Prof Sekhar Muddu (Indo-French Water Cell, IISc) and Laurent Ruiz (INRA).
The kick off meeting of the AICHA project will take place at the Indian Institute of Science from 2nd - 5th April, 2012. Participants will include scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS, GKVK) and Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).
The first meeting will start building scientific protocols for model interlinkages and field-survey design. A field trip is organised for project participants on April 4, 2012 to the Berambadi watershed, and a public presentation of the conclusions of the workshop will be held on April 5, 2012.
The project will explore adaptation strategies based on innovative cropping systems and water resource management policies, by considering a range of scenarios for agricultural systems and policies, to be tested at the farm and the watershed scale. The methodology will combine remote sensing, field surveys and advanced numerical analysis with hydrological, agronomical and economic modelling, and will pay a particular attention to sustainability and acceptability issues.