New Delhi, 8-11 April 2008
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Tuesday, 8th April (Hotel Intercontinental The Grand)

8:30-10:30: Registration and coffee/tea
10:30-12:30: Welcome & Plenary Address: “Agriculture for Development: Implications for Agro-Industries”

Plenary Address: “Agro-industry trends, patterns and development impacts”
14:00-15:30: Plenary Addresses: “Enabling environment for competitive agro-industries”
“Public-private sector cooperation”
15:30-16:00: Coffee/Tea break
16:00-18:00: Pleamary Address: "Global Citizenship and Responsability"

Plenary Panel: "Challenges of Agro-Industries Development"
18:30: Networking Opening Dinner

Wednesday, 9th April (Vigyan Bhavan Conference Centre):

9:30-14:00: “Innovation in Indian Agro-industries” – side events at the National Agricultural Centre, New Delhi (NASC), including case studies from India, Industry presentation from GAIF Delegates, networking space, exhibition on Indian agriculture and agro-industries. No interpretation will be provided.
8:00– 9:00: Registration

Inaugural session

9:00–9:05: Welcome and Keynote Address on CII’s Vision on “Agriculture” by Mr Dhruv Sahney, Chairman, CII National Council on Agriculture, Chairman & MD Triveni Engineering Ltd
9:05–9:15: Inaugural Address by Chief Guest


9:15–9:20: Address by Representative from UN Agency
Vote of Thanks by Mr Ajay Shriram, Chairman, CII National Committee on Agri Inputs, Extension and Farm Services Chairman & Senior MD, DCSL


9:25–9:30: Break
9:30–12:30: Case studies / discussions
12:30-14:00: Lunch at NASC
15:00-16:30: Plenary addresses on “Technologies shaping the future” and “Business
models for small farmers and SME´s”
16:30-17:00: Coffee/Tea break

Addresses by
Mr Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture of India
Mr Jacques Diouf, Director General of FAO
Mr Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director General of UNIDO
Mr Lennart Bage, President of IFAD
19:00: Indian cultural programme and Gala dinner at the National Agriculture Science Centre (NASC), hosted by Mr Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of
Agriculture of India

Thursday, 10th April (Vigyan Bhavan Conference Centre):

9:00-10:30: Competitiveness Roundtables 1 to 3

1. Understanding markets: Market Research and Intelligence
2. Meeting Consumer Requirements: Quality, Safety, Emerging Concerns
3. Improving productivity: Technology Acquisition and Utilisation
10:30-11:00: Coffee/Tea Break
11:00-12:30: Competitiveness Roundtables 4 to 6

4. Strengthening Business Linkages: Value Chain Development
5. Differentiating Products: Branding and Certification
6. Attracting Investment: Agro-industries and Agro-Enterprise Finance

12:30-13.30: Lunch
13:30-15:00: Competitiveness Roundtables 7 to 9

7. Staying Competitive: Innovation, Product Development, Adaptation
8. Improving Efficiency: Agro-Industries Operations Management
9. Organizing Smallholders: Producer Organizations and Cooperatives


15:00-15:30: Coffee/ Tea Break
15:30-16.30: Presentation of the Agricola Medal by Mr Jacques Diouf, Director-General
of FAO to His Excellency Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.

Address to GAIF by His Excellency Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India

16:45-18:15: Competitiveness Roundtables 10 to 12

10. Establishing Clusters: Agro-Industrial Clusters and Food Parks
11. Reducing Costs: Infrastructure Development
12. Human Resources Development

Friday, 11th April (Vigyan Bhavan Conference Centre):

9:00-12:30: Regional Strategy Workshops:

- Africa
- Asia and the Pacific
- Eastern Europe and Central Asia
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Near East
12:30-14:00: Lunch
14:00-15:30: Plenary Panel - Regional Perspectives from the Five Regional Strategy
15:30-16:00: Coffee/ Tea Break
16:00-17:00: Closing session
17:00-18:30: Closing reception at the Vigyan Bhavan Cnference Centre

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