Indian Council of Food and Agriculture is launched as an apex body to act as
Acting as the think tank, development catalyst and global platform for partnerships..
To be the global platform for partnerships in food and agriculture to promote production..
ICFA Executive team is headed by Mr. Alok Sinha, who belongs to coveted Indian..
I am happy to launch Indian Council of Food and Agriculture. India needed for long a..
Indian Council of Food and Agriculture is working as the apex policy think tank, trade facilitation body and development enterprise for food and agriculture sector in India and serving as global platform for partnerships. With the increasing globalization, there are newer challenges emerging, which need to be proactively addressed for India’s Food and Agriculture sector to grow, engage and compete globally and contribute towards food and nutritional security. ICFA through its outreach policy and business agenda and global partnerships is creating opportunities for growth, value addition and trade to help improve the income of farmers. The Council through its sector focused Working Groups, State and District Chapters, National Councils and country specific Joint Business Councils, seeks to represent the interests of all the stakeholders at the national level on one hand and position India's food and agriculture sector globally on the other hand
Besides the trade and industry, ICFA focuses equally on farmers and agri-entrepreneurs towards helping them connect with the market opportunities, while addressing their policy, technology, trade, marketing, financing and partnership related needs. One of the major issues facing Indian food and agriculture sector is the issue of food safety, traceability and certification of GAP and quality standards of food, impacting Indian exports and trade, and consumer safety. ICFA has taken up agriculture stewardship and national certification program, focussing especially on the agriculture produce meant for nutrition and health sectors, retail and processing purpose and for exports. ICFA is also promoting investments, entrepreneurships and technologies in farm sector by forging global partnerships with right institutions and by taking up projects, training and facilitating farmers producer organizations and agri start-up ventures to accelerate growth in farmers incomes, productivity and agribusinesses.
With rapidly expanding opportunities in Indian food and agriculture sector and its growth story in the last one decade, there is increased interest among the major countries of the World to engage with India and explore opportunities for investments, trade and cooperation. There has been long felt need for a dedicated body to facilitate such engagements through Joint Business Councils with various countries while promoting agri-produce from Indian States and guiding them on investments, marketing and policy issues. India also needs institutional mechanism at the States and district levels, wherein various stakeholders could meet and deliberate upon issues and agenda to unleash the potential of agriculture. ICFA promises to provide that mechanism through services platforms, and state and district chapters.
Agriculture continues to be a powerful engine for rural prosperity, economic growth and social transformation world over and especially for the developing countries. In India, Africa and in many Asian countries agriculture holds critical importance to the economy as in the developing world 40% - 70% of the population directly depends on farm sector for its livelihood and sustenance. Agriculture in India and globally is undergoing a rapid transformation post WTO regime, governing the global trade in food and agriculture
Indian agriculture and farmers as well as agro industries are presently passing through a critical phase but there is no credible body to articulate its views and take up issues at the national and international level. In this context, there is a long felt need of having an apex body, which could act as a think tank, information bank, advocacy group, watch-dog, development catalyst, trade, technology and investments facilitator and monitoring center for food and agriculture sector at national and global level. This should act as parallel to trade bodies like CII, FICCI etc., but be different from them in scope and objectives to represent not only the interests of the industry but also the sector as a whole, including the farming community.
The fast changing trade and economic environment globally requires a paradigm shift in our approach. We have to act proactively and respond positively to the changing dynamics of global trade and agriculture. The bench-marks are now global and we have to prepare our policies and strategies with global perspective. Though the country has become self reliant in food grains production, its average productivity and quality is low and the cost of production high, which makes Indian agriculture less competitive in the world market. Therefore, there is need for global cooperation in agriculture and much greater need for boosting up trade in food and agriculture. This sector also promises great potential for start-up ventures and entrepreneurship opportunities, which the new body can facilitate.
A paradigm shift is required in our approach to agriculture; from production to marketing, from quantity to quality and domestic to international consumers. The agriculture has to be practiced on scientific lines with the use of best of technologies that are available globally, if it has to compete globally in cost and quality. A major program on crops shifting has to be implemented, taking in view the global benchmarking and our core competitive strengths in various crops. The importance of internal reforms and direction to the sector is enhanced on account of centrality of food and agriculture in the global trade post WTO.
There are however, contradictions in our policies with compartmentalized approach due to absence of a dialogue mechanism among various stake-holders. The Government, policy makers, research bodies, extension agencies, industry, development institutions and farmers groups think in different directions, often with contradictory approach for the same ultimate cause. Within food and agro industry also there are different bodies for specific interest areas.
Every major input and every major farm output industry has its own interest groups and representative bodies, but there is no coordination, while the major issues concern all of them and their target group is farmer on one hand and the consumer on the other, who are common to all of them. This underlines the need for such body, which encompasses the compartmentalized approaches and strives for consensus on major issues and reconciliations of approaches by creating proper understanding and opinions on major issues that concern Indian agriculture, farmers and agri-food industry. And at the same time it works on policy issues, promotes investments and agribusinesses, facilitates cooperation in trade and technologies and unleashes the potential of food and agriculture globally.
With this background Indian Council of Food and Agriculture was created in 2015, after prolonged consultations and global studies over a period of 12 years. ICFA promises to address all the above concerns and needs of the food and agriculture sector and unleash the potential towards empowering the farms and farmers.
Unleashing the potential of India's food and agriculture sector and empowering farmers through trade, technologies and partnerships towards achieving global food security and environmental sustainability.
Acting as the think tank, development enterprise and platform for global partnerships among the stake-holders in food and agriculture sector towards creating opportunities for trade, technologies and investments in agriculture and food value chain; and thus facilitating entrepreneurships development, farmers’ empowerment and enhancing the centrality of farm sector in policy making and economic ecosystem.
|Prof. MS Swaminathan||Pioneer of India’s Green Revolution and 1st World Food Prize Laureate|
|1||Dr. RB Singh||Chancellor, Central Agricultural University|
|2||Mr. Ajit Jain||Managing Director, Jain Irrigation System Ltd.|
|3||Mr. Siraj Choudhry||Chairman, Cargill India Ltd.|
|4||Mr. Jai Shroff||Managing Director, UPL Limited|
|5||Prof. Karim Maredia||Director Africa Partnership Program, Michigan State University|
|6||Mr. B.S Soundarajan||Chairman, Suguna Foods Ltd.|
|7||Dr. Purvi Mehta||South Asia Head – Agriculture, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation|
|8||Mr. N G Hegde||Chairman, Emiritus, BAIF Development, Research Foundation|
|9||Dr. Maharaj Muthoo||President, Roman Forum and Chair, INBAR Global Board|
|10||Professor Kadambot Siddique||Director – Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia, Perth|
|11||Dr. KL Chadha||President – Horticulture Society of India|
|12||Salil Singhal||Chairman and MD, PI Industries Ltd|
|13||Dr. PK Joshi||South Asia Director, IFPRI|
|14||Mr. RS Sodhi||Managing Director, AMUL|
|15||Mr. Ram Mudholkar||Director, South Asia, EI DuPont India P Ltd|
|16||Mr. RPS Gandhi||Chairman, Green Valley Biotech Private Limited, Punjab|
I am happy to launch Indian Council of Food and Agriculture. India needed for long a body like this and I am sure ICFA will effectively represent the interests of various stake-holders to help Indian agriculture. Farmers need voice and I urge ICFA to work towards empowering farmers.
Our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru had given a call of Jai Jawan and Jai Kisan (long live soldiers and long live farmers). The time has come to care for farmers. Government is giving major thrust to agriculture. We hope, ICFA will be able to work with the Government on the agenda of farmers welfare.
Indian agriculture is beset with several problems. A large population of India is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood. ICFA with its mandate can facilitate connecting farmers with the technologies and markets to improve the farm profitability and quality of farm produce.
I am glad to see that Indian Council of Food and Agriculture is being launched today. India’s farm sector is looking for policy support. Our Government is fully committed to improve social and economic condition of farmers, and pull people out of poverty. ICFA can play a great role in creating consensus on major issues concerning farmers.
Problems of Indian agriculture are largely known to us but innovative solutions are required to address the lot of farmers. ICFA can work on major issues to support the State Governments by mobilizing national and global expertise, investments and technologies in agriculture
Indian agriculture has come a long way from the days of “ship to mouth” in fifties and sixties to now a situation of surplus production. The time has come for Indian food and agriculture to go global. ICFA is uniquely placed to facilitate trade, partnerships and global cooperation in food and agriculture
I am happy to know about the role that Indian Council of Food and Agriculture is playing with its mandate of serving as the global platform for partnerships towards unleashing the potential of food and agriculture. ICFA can do great service to the farmers and global food and agro industry.
We realized the need for creating an apex body in food and agriculture to work on trade and policy issues and represent the interests of various stake-holders at the national and global level and thus started consultations way back in 2003. I am sure ICFA will deliver for Indian farmers and agriculture.
Indian agriculture has got tremendous potential but it needs transition to become more market oriented for farmers to get best returns. I see great role for ICFA in connecting farmers with the markets nationally and globally by promoting trade and agribusinesses.
State of Chhattisgarh is primarily agrarian and our Government has given major policy boost to paddy and horticulture production. The State also launched the nationally acclaimed food security program. But the newer challenges to the farm sector need innovative solutions. ICFA can play a critical role by partnering with the State to support in the area of marketing, value addition and farm profitability.
Horticulture is the mainstay of the State’s economy. But farmers are not getting proper price of their produce due to weak links of marketing and value addition. ICFA with its Industry Working Groups and international partnerships can help the farmers through investments, technologies and entrepreneurships development in the State.
I am happy to know about the launch of the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture and its work. We needed a body like this to help the Ministry with research papers and creating awareness among the stake-holders for policy formulations on the issues of food grains management and consumer affairs.
India is leading producer of milk, horticulture and a number of agricultural items but as we know the processing and value added activities are low, resulting into low returns from farming. ICFA can play a critical role in connecting the farmers with the industry and markets and accelerate the growth of agribusinesses.
The issue of climate change and its impact on agriculture are a major concern to food security globally. In India the issues of GMO, bio-diversity and environmental sustainability need thorough debating and a consensus need to evolve. I see important role for ICFA in creating awareness and facilitating consensus on important issues concerning India and the world
Food and agriculture sector contributes over 10% of India’s total exports but the same can go up substantially. While Government is playing its role in promoting exports through various commodity boards and exports incentives and policies, there is strong scope for an independent body, which facilitates trade and exports of India’s food and agriculture.
The new body, Indian Council of Food and Agriculture is a wonderful concept, which can work on food policy issues, agribusiness growth, creation of value chain, especially in developing countries. ICFA can also work on developmental programs by forging national and global partnerships and thus play its role in global food and nutrition security and in creating opportunities for resource poor rural population
The new think tank for Indian agriculture, ICFA can exhort agriculture Industry to look ahead of the curve and participate strongly in unleashing the potential of India’s food and agriculture sector. ICFA can also focus on farmers and entrepreneurs to help them connect with the market opportunities, while addressing their technology and financing related issues.
Indian Council of Food and Agriculture, as an apex institution would be a powerful tool for policy intervention in India’s agriculture scenario. ICFA can also function as a farming mobilizing agency in the face of emerging food security scenario in India. The organization can work towards securing India’s food security
India has got a very diverse and enormous size of agriculture production system. During the last four decades or so the country has got self reliance in major items of agriculture production. The National Food Security Mission has added new production levels. However, marketing, value addition and farm profitability are the major challenges, which need to be addressed. ICFA has a unique role to play by bringing all the stake-holders on one platform and synergizing the efforts towards the achieving the desired goals.
ICFA should work towards highlighting the challenges faced by rural communities in an environment which is becoming increasingly risk-prone and unpredictable. The Council should focus on policy issues related to environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways of building resilience and empowering resource-poor farmers and producers. ICFA must seek solutions along multiple segments of the entire value chain - from "farm to plate".
ICFA should work towards highlighting the challenges faced by trade and agribusinesses in an environment which is becoming increasingly risk-prone and unpredictable. The Council should focus on policy issues related to environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways of building resilience and empowering resource-poor farmers and producers on one hand and facilitating global trade and marketing of agriculture by promoting entire value chain - from "farm to plate".
One of the challenges Indian agriculture facing is about the quality and standards of its farm production and the global market access. This needs to be fixed with a sense of urgency. Working with the Government and the national and international agencies for setting standards and processes and executing an elaborate national certification program for production of organic, industrial and exportable farm produce and processed food items is what ICFA can do best with its unique mandate, structure and strengths.
India and Netherlands have got strong scope for cooperation and partnerships in food, agriculture and dairy sectors, while Netherlands have cutting edge technologies and moderns farm management systems, resulting into much higher levels of yields per unit of land and animal, India has got enormous size of diverse production system. ICFA can play critical role in bringing agro food industry and entrepreneurs closer and facilitate greater cooperation.
I am truly impressed by the entrepreneurial zeal in Young India and its achievements in ICT and other areas. Indian agriculture has also come a long way from the deficit days to surplus situation. However the qualitative improvement in production and food safety and standards can help the country greatly access the global market potential and thus help farmers substantially improve their income levels. ICFA can play an important role.
India has got everything that a robust agriculture needs, from favourable climate to a rich genetic resource and from good quality surface water to enterprising farmers, but we are still lagging much behind the global average in yields and in exports. We need best of global technologies, need investments in agriculture and above all we need to position Indian food and agriculture globally. I am looking up to Indian Council of Food and Agriculture to play that role and facilitate the Government of Haryana in finding solutions to the problems we are facing.
"The food processing sector is of enormous significance for India’s development as it provides an important link between agriculture and manufacturing. The food processing sector will help ensure better remuneration and market access for farmers and also reduce high level of wastages. ICFAI will help develop food processing industry which will ensure value addition and generate additional employment opportunities thus leading to better socio economic condition of our society."
Diversification from agriculture to horticulture crops has been identified as a key to agricultural economy of the country. Initiatives taken so far have shown the role of horticulture crops in providing livelihood security to small farmers besides food, nutritional and environmental security. While production of horticulture crops at 285.4 MT has surpassed the food crop production, the ICFA will lay major emphasis on issues concerning reduction in post-harvest losses through infrastructure and technological developments".
Agriculture Council has got the mandate to provide the institutional mechanism for the industry and farmers to work together, while positioning India’s food and agriculture strengths globally. Industry will be happy to partner with ICFA in jointly taking up programs which helps farmers and helps industry in expanding marketing.
ICFA fulfils the need for having national-level body for working on issues and policies to create understanding and drive consensus on major issues that concerns all the stake-holders such as government, policy makers, industry, NGOs, financial bodies, developmental institutions and farmers groups think to power the growth of Indian and global agriculture and food sector.
There is a need to organize various professional groups for providing stewardship to food and agriculture sector and helping farmers organise and explore the global opportunities, thus helping towards furthering the cause of food and agriculture sector.
"There exists the need to connect Indian farmers with the global markets for them to best drive value for their farm produce. Agriculture is very diverse subject and larger good is foreseen if the body like ICFA becomes think tank with holistic approach. ICFA would serve as an advocacy body at all levels and a think-tank, preparing position papers on various relevant issues rationalising and justifying advocacy thrusts. Having Members from institutions at apex level to individual stake-holders, ICFA will organise show-casing events and each Working Group will prepare Annual National Plan, all of which would then contribute to Annual Country Plan for presentation to both Government and public stake-holders"
"Our country does not have an apex organization capable of effectively representing the issues of farmers before the Government and the community at large. ICFA should help filling up this vacuum by analyzing and articulating the twin problems of employment and productivity rage in agriculture sector along with other issues of agrarian stress such as indebtedness and investment in agriculture. Its role can be made more effective by expanding its presence at the district level."
"Edible Oil Imports have reached alarming levels in India. At this point, ICFA could work towards reducing our country’s dependence on Oil Imports. Another area where ICFA can direct its efforts are on modernizing India’s Agri Infrastructure. This will go a long way in reducing wastage and increasing efficiency of India’s agriculture
Knowledge, Science and Technology hold the power and potential to provide much needed security for Food, Feed, Fodder, Fuel and Fertilisers in a manner that effects of Global Warming and Climate change can be minimised. So long as Poverty prevail dream of Healthy nation is going to be distant but with hand holding of all stake holders in ICFA, the seeds of change is sowed and in the next 10 years lot can be done.
Agri-logistics must not be seen as mere infrastructure development but about efficient post-harvest management, all the way from farm-to-consumers. As an agenda, agricultural Productivity needs to be interpreted as food delivered and through this committee we hope to further this cause. Connectivity alone can make agriculture sustain as the backbone of India’s development.
To initiate the process of bringing together all the stake holders through the establishment of Integrated Value Chains connecting organised farmers in the back end to the multiple market players in the front end in a win-win situation created by Public Private Partnerships. To get replicated locally relevant successful interventions of one state to all those states which are similarly placed.
ICFA can work towards highlighting the challenges faced by rural communities in an environment which is becoming increasingly risk-prone and unpredictable. The Council can focus on policy issues related to environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways of building resilience and empowering resource-poor farmers and producers.
The coming generation of Indian farmers needs to be innovative and competitive in the domestic and global markets. We need to ensure that they have the tools, technologies and innovative farming systems that enable them to be so. The ICFA will provide the vision and leadership for Indian agriculture in partnership with various stakeholders (both domestic and international) in advancing Indian Agriculture and Food system future
In modern panorama, agriculture has become a great challenge to the farmers in India. ICFA with members from varied sections of agro sector can do a constructive work together. ICFA with its team will be committed to provide full attention and benefit of infrastructure to the farmers so that agriculture can become a profitable profession for farmers.
ICFA’s working group on Technology can make India technology hub which can make Indian agriculture sustainable. The post-harvest management scenario can also gain much from this. ICFA can also work towards promoting development of technology for nutritious food production thereby securing India’s food security.
Two of the most critical issues confronting any developing economy are “Food security” and “Energy security”. Both are in a way interconnected. Food security depends entirely on a healthy agricultural sector. And agricultural sector’s health depends on technology, modern practices, cost of inputs, the price of the final agricultural products and above all pragmatic policies. ICFA, thus, could play a vital role in integrating the efforts of all these sub-sectors and contribute to a great extent to the accelerated socio-economic growth and development of our nation.
The Aims & Objectives for which the Council is founded: The primary object for which the Council is constituted is to represent the interests of farmers and various stake-holders in Indian agriculture, food and agribusiness and take up all such activities from creating awareness to influencing policies and developing consensus on major policy issues so as to catalyze growth in agriculture and further the cause of the stake-holders.
|MEMORANDUM OF ASSOCIATION|
|1||The Name of the Body shall be:||Indian Council of Food and Agriculture|
|2||The offices (Registered) of the Council shall be :||New Delhi|
|3||The Area of operation of the Council shall be:||All India|