The forum, held on February 5, 2020, at the ICAR Lecture Hall in New Delhi, India, brought together thought leaders, researchers, and practitioners from the public and private sectors to discuss ways to reduce postharvest losses in India and South Asia.

A complete set of photos from the event is available in our Flickr album.

Welcome and opening session

Speakers in the opening session:

  • 4:20 – Dr. Shahidur Rashid, IFPRI South Asia director
  • 9:22 – Dr. Alex Winter-Nelson, ADMI director
  • 14:10 – Dr. Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
  • 25:25 – T. Nanda Kumar, Former secretary to the Government of India

Session 1: Scope and scale of the postharvest loss problem

Order of presenters (with links to presentation slides as relevant)

Session 2: Evidence on the effectiveness of improved storage in enhancing food safety and food security

Order of presenters (with links to presentation slides as relevant)

Session 3: Benefits, barriers, unintended consequences, and potential facilitators associated with improved storage systems.

Panel discussion 1

Session chairman: Dr. Bob Zeigler, Director General Emeritus, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Panel members:

  • Mr. Alexandre Doyen, Regional Manager Africa, Vestergaard
  • Dr. Shyam Narayan Jha, Assistant Director General, ICAR Division of Agricultural Engineering
  • Mr. Vijay Kumar, CEO, National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX)
  • Mr. Sanjeev Asthana, Managing Director, iFARMS

Panel discussion 2

Session chairman: Dr. A. K. Padhee, Director, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Panel members:

  • Shri Sanjay Puri, President, Roller Flour Millers Federation of India
  • Dr. Hari Sudini, Principal Scientist Groundnut Pathology, ICRISAT
  • Mr. Ravinder Giri, Project Manager, HarvestPlus
  • Ms. Pragya Nehru, Deputy Director Food & Agriculture, Confederation of Indian Industry
  • Mr. Amrendra Mishra, Managing Director-Oilseeds, Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Session 4: Breakout discussions summary

Summary of breakout group discussions on the following topics:

  • 4:35 – Group 1: On-Farm Storage – led by Dr. Md. Monjurul Alam, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • 8:14 – Group 2: Public Grain Distribution – led by Dr. Avinash Kishore, IFPRI
  • 12:03 – Group 3: Private Market Systems – led by Dr. Kathy Baylis, University of Illinois
  • 15:27 – Group 4: Public Private Partnerships – led by Ms. Maria Jones, ADMI
  • 18:22 – Question and answer period and concluding remarks by session chairperson T. Nanda Kumar.

Closing session

Speakers for the closing session include:

  • 00:00 – Dr. Shahidur Rashid, Director, IFPRI South Asia
  • 9:27 – Dr. Ashok Gulati, Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
  • 40:42 – Dr. Alex Winter-Nelson, Director, ADMI