Small Scale Food Processor Association SSFPA

Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012

The Small Scale Food Processor Association has received an invitation to participate in the Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012, scheduled to take place in Vancouver on September 10-11, 2012, and in Saskatoon on September 12-13, 2012.  Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012 is the 3rd in the series of high profile thematic public policy forums organized by Canada India Foundation (CIF – CIF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 2007 by Indo-Canadian entrepreneurs and professionals to foster support for stronger bi-lateral relations between Canada and India.

India plays a dominant role in global food production including staples like wheat, maize and rice. India, along with China, is one of the largest producers of wheat and rice in the world. Their production and productivity growth have a major impact on global food security. India is also a leading producer of high value commodities like milk, vegetables and fruits. With increasing demand for more complex diets across the developed world and the dramatic shift from grain-based to animal protein diets, investment opportunities in these agricultural sub-sectors are increasing and attracting increasing levels of investment capital.  The agriculture sector in India is in transition from traditional to business-based largely through increasing private sector participation in retail of agri-produce, direct procurement from farmers, contract farming, changing policy discourse and creating new models of farm to fork supply chain. The rising potential in agriculture and India’s key role in combating food insecurity has attracted global players like Canada and it is in this context that the Canada India Agriculture and Food Processing Forum 2012 is being organized. It is being organized in two Canadian cities, in provinces which are crucial to the growth in Agriculture and Food Processing trade with India. The Province of British Columbia will be the presenting sponsor for the first two days of the Forum in Vnacouver. The Forum then moves to Saskatoon for the conclusion of the Forum. The Province of Saskatchewan, jointly with the University of Saskatchewan, will be the presenting sponsor in Saskatoon.

The following topics will constitute the Agenda for the Forum:
• Food Security
• Investment and Trade
• Food Processing
• Family Farms and Cooperatives
• Logistics and Supply Chain
• Cash Crops and Value Added Products
• Technology and Productivity Enablers
• Fertilizers and Micronutrients
• Current Opportunities/Challenges in Bi-lateral Trade
• Going-Forward Recommendations

In addition to the sessions, which will be held in a panel discussion format, there will be two dinner events (September 10 in Vancouver; September 12 in Saskatoon), with featured guest speakers. Special arrangements have also been made for site visits to augment the discussions.

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