India will host the first global conference on agro-industries,
to be held in New Delhi from 8-11 April 2008. The Global Agro-Industries
Forum (GAIF) will promote the importance of agro-industries for
economic development and poverty reduction.
Around 500 senior representatives from the agro-industry, governments,
technical and financing institutions, civil society and UN agencies
will discuss the potential of agro-industries and the challenges
they are facing.
The conference is jointly organised by FAO, the United Nations
Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in close collaboration
with the government of India.
Rapid globalization, market liberalization, and urbanization
have created new opportunities for countries to trade agricultural
and food products; however, they have also created challenges
and increased risks. Countries with inefficient agro-industries
are likely to be left behind those with modern and efficient
agro-industries. While high-income countries add, on average,
US$180 of value by processing one tonne of agricultural products,
developing countries generate only US$40 of value per tonne.
Increasing the market opportunities particularly for small-scale
producers in rural areas, by improving their production, processing
and marketing capabilities, will be one of the main issues of
the conference. Delivering better products at lower prices could
be beneficial for poor consumers and could also create employment
The forum will also encourage dialogue between the private and
public sector in order to foster partnerships for developing
The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh will officially
inaugurate the Forum, together with Jacques Diouf, Director General
of FAO, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director General of UNIDO and Lennart
Bage, President of IFAD on April 9, 2008.
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