Fostering Economic Growth in India IALC Co-Sponsors March Conference
Contact: Jim P. Chamie • IALC Managing Director • 520-621-3024 • email@example.com
February 20, 2007--Phoenix, AZ. -- Looking to explore innovative approaches and new business models for linking domestic and international consumer markets with rural entrepreneurs and communities, The 3rd International Conference on "Linking Markets and Farmers: Exploring Leading Practices to Foster Economic Growth in Rural India" will be held at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi India from March 11 - March 15, 2007. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is taking the lead in organizing this 3rd international conference.
Co-sponsored in part by The International Arid Land Consortium (IALC), the conference will bring together leaders from a diverse group of domestic and multinational agri-food companies from India, USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America; small and medium sized rural entrepreneurial firms in the agri-food sector; agribusiness supply chain facilitators, such as banking, technology, transportation, and energy companies; government and public sector agencies; non-government organizations engaged in agribusiness and rural enterprise development; international development agencies; leading Indian and international agricultural and business academic institutions; and the media.
While in recent years key components of the Indian economy have become world leaders in innovation and growth, other parts of the Indian economy, especially in rural areas, have not experienced similar advances. The opportunity exists, however, to forge new linkages and advance the means by which agri-food production and marketing systems function and serve the larger economy.
Innovations in the use of information and communications technology, coupled with equally necessary changes in the organization and management of the processes by which food and fiber raw materials are produced and marketed, offer exciting potentials to advance the effectiveness of the agri-food sector and rural economies
Using a unique set of instrumental case studies of innovative business practices from across the world, the conference will provide a forum for discussion and debate of how to best organize agri-food supply chains so that they contribute directly to increasing farm income, rural employment and sustainable development. An integral part of this process will be evaluating the role of private industry in facilitating the establishment of alternative business models, driving technological advances, and catalyzing entrepreneurial innovation within rural communities.
Conference goals include:
The conference will take place from March 11-15, 2007, at:
For more information on the conference program and to register on-line, see: http://www.globalfoodchainpartnerships.org/india/
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