Indo-German Conference on Rural-Urban Transitions

This conference will provide a forum to explore and exchange concepts on rural-urban transitions, research approaches from different disciplinary perspectives, and the merit of interdisciplinary integration for better understanding their complexity. The structure is inspired by Ostrom’s description of Social-Ecological Systems as comprising resource and governance systems, resource units and actors, their interaction in a focal action situation, and various feedback loops. The conference will showcase current work by Indian and German partners in FOR2432, but is also inviting contributions from outside the consortium. Reference to other SES frameworks is welcome, as well as participation of stakeholders outside academia. With this conference, we aim to initiate a transdisciplinary dialogue on rural-urban development paths into a sustainable future.

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Programme overview

Wednesday, 20.02.2019 (10:00 - 19:00)

Inauguration - Dr. Dr. Y.G. Shadakshari, Director of Research. University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bangalore
pening remarks – A. Bürkert, Speaker of FOR2432

Session 1: Urbanisation-related transitions in land use

Large-scale spatial transformations, such as urban sprawl and associated landscape transformations, are increasingly analysed by remote sensing applications. In this session we invite contributions on land use changes in different case study cities (including Bangalore), and on recent advances in the methodology of land use analysis. The focus is on biophysical/geographic features and retrospective observations.

Wednesday, 20.02.2019 (10:15 – 13:45)

Keynote 1: Global Urban Monitoring 4.0: Joint Use of Big Earth Data, Artificial Intelligence and Open Knowledge. - Thomas Esch

Keynote 2: Sustainability of land and water transitions in urbanising regions – Veena Srinivasan

Scientific talks

S1-1 Urbanization and its impacts on land use and agricultural production systems: A case study on Hyderabad, India – Nedumaran, S. et al.

S1-2 Field margin vegetation - the interface between agriculture and natural environment – Nautiyal et al.

S1-3 Capital formation across rural-urban gradient of Bangalore North-An economic analysis. – Harishkumar, H.V. et al.

S1-4 Impact of urbanization on land market value in North Bengaluru: A hedonic model approach – Kavya, C. et al.

S1-5 Changes in land use pattern vis-a-vis urbanization and credit across the rural-urban interface of Bengaluru. – Udaykumar, M.S. et al.

S1-6 Self help groups: A way to achieve food security – Ashwini et al.

Session 2: Planning, governance and practice of urban and agricultural systems development

City and regional development is embedded in a socio-political context as it is planned and regulated by administrative institutions. In this session we explore public planning strategies and the impact of incentives or obstacles on agricultural systems, their production output, and ecological tradeoffs. 

Wednesday, 20.02.2019 (15:00 – 19:00)

Keynote: Moving from empirical to data analytics stance – V.S. Prakash

Scientific talks

S2-1  City planning at Directorate of Town and Regional planning, GOK – Director

S2-2  City planning at Bengaluru Metropolitan Regional Development Authority - tbd

S2-3 Planning for peri-urban Bengaluru: Agroecology matters. – Dhanya, B. et al.

S2-4 Urbanization and its impact on agricultural production systems across rural-urban interface of Bengaluru North. - Nandini, C.L. et al.

S2-5 Improved technologies for increasing crop productivity - A case study in North- South transect Bengaluru. – Kumari, U. et al.

S2-6 Can remote sensing help to examine agricultural intensification in vegetable crop production? – Astor, T. et al.

Poster session

P2-1 Effects of rural to urban transformation on co-management of waterbodies in greater Bangalore metropolitan region, India. – Lakshmisha, A. and Thiel. A.

P2-2 Systematic review on the social-ecological impacts of urbanisation on agricultural systems. – Thapa, P. et al.

P2-3 IFS driven multifunctionality: Boon to food security? – Hamsa, K.R. et al.

P2-4 Socio-economic status of Bengaluru North- South Transect and its implication in the agricultural activities. – Manjunatha et al.

P2-5 Influence of minimum support prices on cotton farming in India. – Mahesh, V. et al.

P2-6 Impact assessment of Indira Canteen: To tackle hunger in Bengaluru. – Raghupathi et al.

P2-7 Food security from food in bins – An initiative in Bengaluru. – Ravi, S. et al.

Thursday, 21.02.2019 (09:00 - 18:00)

Session 3: Agricultural production and food supply

This session is dedicated to contributions on crop production, soils, water use, and animal husbandry in the rural-urban interface, as well as agricultural technologies and management options. They should be based on (biophysical and/or economic) data from field experiments, agricultural statistics, extension activities, and marketing strategies.

Thursday, 21.02.2019 (ca. 09:00 – 13:00)

Keynote: Mapping urban foodsheds in West Africa - Hanna Karg

Scientific talks

S3-1 Crop production under urbanization pressure: An experimental approach to model agricultural intensification – A. Bürkert

S3-2 Dairy Production in an urbanizing environment: Insights from the emerging megacity of Bangalore, India. – Reichenbach, M. et al.

S3-3 Phenotypic dairy cattle trait expressions in dependency on rural-urban gradients – Pinto, A. et al.

Linking supply (Session 3) and demand (Session 4):

S3-4 Crop diversity, dietary diversity and nutritional intake: Evidence on inter-linkages across rural-urban interface of Bengaluru. – Bellundagi, V., Umesh, K.B. et al.

S3-5 Production diversity and dietary diversity in the rural-urban interface of Bangalore. Purushothaman, A.

Poster session

P3-1 Secondary, micro nutrients and heavy metal status in soils of Vijayapura district, Karnataka - Subbarayappa, C.T. et al.

P3-2 Secondary and micro nutrients status in soils of Davanagere district, Karnataka – Subbarayappa, C.T. et al.

P3-3 Delineation of nutrient deficiency in soils of Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka – Subbarayappa, C.T. et al.

P3-4 Evaluation of soil micronutrient status in rural-urban interface of southern transect of Bengaluru – Kuntoji, A. et al.

P3-5 Impact of urbanization on soil quality under different cropping systems in rural-urban interface of northern transect of Bengaluru – Tejashvini, A. et al.

P3-6 Effect of semi surface flow horizontal flow constructed wetland treated domestic sewage effluent on soil phosphorus fractions – Rajimol, R.P. et al.

P3-7 Effects of soil management practices in a multifactorial field experiment. Lehmann, S. et al.

P3-9 Growth, instability and determinants of maize production. – Geetha R.S. et al.

P3-10 Is mushroom cultivation a boon to household livelihood security? – Khed, V. et al.

P3-11 Economic efficiency of dairy farming in rural-urban interface of Bengaluru North – Santosh et al.

P3-12 Economics of dairy farming across rural-urban continuum of Bengaluru North. – Shoba, K.A. et al.

P3-13 Market share of milk and milk products in rural-urban interface of North Bengaluru. – Archana, Y.C.

Session 4: Consumption, attitudes and choices

Here the perspective changes from the supply side to the demand/consumption side. Contributions to this session should cover the socio-cultural dimension of rural-urban transitions, from studies on consumption, based on economic data, to individual behavior and choices, based on experimental approaches and/or qualitative methods.

Thursday, 21.02.2019 (ca. 14:00 – 17:30)

Scientific talks

S4-1 Food transition and Bengaluru's organic food movement - A pathway to sustainable food practices? – Erler, M. and Dittrich, C.

S4-2 Understanding diet quality and nutrition trends: An urban sprawl perspective from Hyderabad, India. – Padmaja, R. et al.

S4-3 Spatial neighborhood effects in adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Practices. – Jose, M. et al.

S4-4 Attitudinal differences among households towards agriculture along the rural-urban Interface. – Nataraju et al.

S4-5 Decomposing "the experience of living in cities": The example of environmental concern. – Bettin et al.

Poster session

P4-1 Nutrition transition among women in the rural urban interface of Bengaluru. – Patil, D.S. et al.

P4-2 Nutritional status across Bengaluru’s rural-urban gradient: A gender based analysis. – Vijayalakshmi et al.

P4-3 A comparative study of urbanization impacts on sociodemographic and health profile of women in north and south Bengaluru. – Vijayalakshmi et al.

P4-4 Obesity and fasting blood sugar among rural women engaged in farm activities. – Geetha, K. et al.

P4-5 Factors Influencing Nutritional Status of Women and Adolescent Girls: Application of Multinominal Logistic Regression Analysis Across Rural-Urban Interface of Bengaluru. – Ashwini et al.

P4-6 Status of Food Security and Factors Influencing Food and Calorie Intake Across Rural-Urban Interface of Bengaluru. – Bellundagi, V. et al.

P4-7 Intrahoushold allocations by mothers to children: The role of observability. – Bannerjee, D. et al.

P4-8 Risk attitudes and time preferences along the rural-urband interface - Results from Bengaluru, India. – Wegmann et al.

P4-9 Decision Making behaviour of agricultural households along the rural-urban interface. – Nataraju et al.

Special evening session (18:30 – 20:00)
Keynote: The potential of SES approaches in synthesizing interdisciplinary results. - Harini Nagendra

Friday, 22.02.2019 (09:00 - 13:30)

Session 5: Ecosystem services and sustainability in the rural-urban context

In the Ostrom framework ‘related ecosystems’ are external to the studied SES, but ecosystem services represent an exemplary ‘feedback loop’ and thus a central feature of the framework. This session will look at the concept of ESS by inviting contributions on issues such as biodiversity, pollination and pest control, regulatory functions of green/agricultural space, cultural services, and potentially different, more or less sustainable regimes.

Friday, 22.02.2019 (ca. 09:00 – 13:00)

Ecosystem services in India: Emerging challenges and opportunities.
Jagdish Krishnaswamy

Scientific talks

S5-1 Addressing the sustainable urbanization challenge! – Pooja and Umesh, K.B.

S5-2 Understanding the influence of landscape and local habitat on pollination reserves  for ecological intensification – Devy, S.M.

S5-3 Biodiversity of birds along a gradient of urbanization in Bangalore, India. – Westphal et al.

S5-4 Studies on tree species diversity along the Southern transect of Bengaluru, Karnataka. – Divakara, B.N.

S5-5 Molecular biodiversity along a rural-urban gradient in  Bangalore, India – Oliver Gailing

Poster session

P5-1 Importance of local habitat matrix in sustaining pollination service along the gradient of urbanization. - Munkherjee, R. et al.

P5-2 Impact of urbanization on the beetle diversity in Bengaluru district, India. – Jagadeesh, K. et al.

P5-3 Drivers of bee community structure in the urbanizing landscape of Bengaluru. – Casiker, C. et al.

P5-4 Plant diversity in agro-ecosystems along the rural urban transition of Bengaluru. – Dhanush, C. et al.

P5-5 Vertical gardening in combination with roofwater harvesting in Bengaluru, India. - M.J. Madolli et al.

Valedictory with honored guests:
Urban Development Minister, Government of Karnataka (GOK),
Agricultural Minister, GOK
Rural Development Minister GOK
Conference summary by K.B. Umesh, S. v. Cramon Taubadel

Mail-address for conference communications:

Friday, 22.02.2019 (15:00 - 18:00)

FOR2432 project workshop:

Gender and diversity in science

Keynote lectures (15:00 - 16:30)

The implications of gender and diversity dimensions in science for the quality of SES research - Katharine Farrell

Operation Flood and the empowerment of women - Nandita Mondal

Closed workshop sessions
Friday (16:30 - 18:00) and Saturday, 23.02.2019 (09:30 - 16:30)