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.