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USISPF hosts dialogue on Agriculture & Food Security on sidelines of World Food India

The USISPF hosted dialogue on Agriculture & Food Security with new USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and Ramesh Chand, Member-Agriculture, Niti Aayog

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 11:00 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff | Mumbai

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) recently hosted a high-level Dialogue on the sidelines of the World Food India meet to start intensive engagement between both the U.S. & Indian governments and the industry in both countries. Co-Chaired by Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member of the NITI Aayog and USDA’s new Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, Ted McKinney. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has led a trade mission to India that included American businesses, focused agri-trade associations, and US State Government leaders, all of whom are seeking opportunities for innovative partnerships with India.

The dialogue was to assemble key stakeholders to initiate a conversation on the potential for closer collaboration between the U.S. and India. Some of the topics during the meeting included: sharing of global best practices on agri-extension reforms, leveraging ag-tech for last mile development, and creating a conducive ecosystem to fund the agribusiness.

Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President of USISPF, said, “Indian agriculture has come a long way from its earlier image of being traditional, subsistence and non-commercial. With increasing demand for high-quality value-added products, agriculture has been adopting commercially and economically viable agribusiness solutions. Today, there lies immense potential where the U.S. & India can work together to create an ecosystem backed by technology to tap the potential of growth in agronomy.” He also commended Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal for her efforts on creating a global platform like World Food India, and the opportunity it has created for stakeholders and business leaders to converge in Delhi.

USISPF also hosted Minister Suresh Prabhu, India’s Minister of Commerce at a roundtable recently following the Minister’s visit and discussions with USTR Ambassador Lightheizer during the Trade Policy Forum in Washington, D.C.  The roundtable in New Delhi served as a follow up to identify key areas where the government and private sector can work together to find creative solutions to challenges in the agri-sector and to identify key benchmarks between the two countries to contribute to the benefit of farmers and consumers in both countries.

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