Logo only.gif (2468 bytes)

map1.jpg (21545 bytes)


The International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council  (IPC)
and the National Institute of Agriculture, India, present:

Easing the Transition to More Open Global Markets

November 12-13, 2003

New Delhi, India


Easing the Transition to More Open Global Markets

Proceedings Summary - Easing the Transition to More Open Global Markets:
Lessons from the 32nd IPC Plenary Seminar

Full Proceedings

Agenda and Presentations



Easing the Transition to More Open Global Markets

Wednesday, November 12
Keynote Address and Opening Luncheon

Shri Rajnath Singh, Minister of Agriculture & Cooperation, India

Session One: The Role of the Public Sector: Agricultural and Rural Policies

How have developing countries solved the problems posed by economic transition in agriculture? What kinds of public policies have succeeded in addressing the needs of those who can take advantage of trade, and those who cannot? What do farmers need from public policy and public investment?

Chair: R.C.A. Jain, Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, India 
Sarala Gopalan, National Insitute of Agriculture, India -
Prem Kumar, Food Corporation of India 
Pedro de Camargo Neto, Former Secretary of Production and Trade, Brazil
Jikun Huang, Director, Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy
- Presentation
Vandana Shiva, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology

Session Two: The Role of the Private Sector: Technology and Investment

The private sector must facilitate economic transition by providing off-farm employment. The private sector can also introduce new technologies that help farmers become more profitable, and can help agriculture in developing countries meet international standards. However, the private sector also needs a supportive public policy environment, including investment in infrastructure. How can the private sector facilitate economic transformation, and what are the critical public sector policies and investments required by the private sector?

Chair: Hans Johr, Nestle Ltd., Switzerland  
Partha das Gupta, Syngenta, India
Hardeep Singh, Chairman, Cargill India 
- Presentation (.ppt)
Raul Montemayor, Business Manager, Federation of Free Farmers Cooperatives, Philippines
K.S. Money, Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Authority, India

Thursday, November 13

Session One: The Role of Trade: South-South and Global

What role, specifically, does more open trade play in a developing country’s economy? How can South-South trade relations be encouraged? What has been the experience of developing countries in trade agreements with developed countries? With other developing countries?

Chair: Brian Chamberlin, Former Agriculture Cousellor, New Zealand 
Shishir Priyadarshi, WTO, India -
T.C. Venkat Subramanium, Managing Director, ExIm Bank, India  - Presentation
Marcelo Regunaga, President, Regunaga y Asociados, Argentina  -
Anwarul Hoda, Indian Council of Research on International Economic Relations

Keynote Address and Luncheon

Speaker: Dipak Chatterjee, Chairman, Competition Commission and Former Secretary of Commerce, India

Session Two: The Role of the International Community

The international community is very diverse, encompassing international agencies such as the World Bank; bilateral donors, such as the US or the EU; as well as NGO’s and private voluntary organizations. What role are these entities playing in rural development? How can they be more effective in easing economic transition facing agriculture in the coming decade?

Chair: Robert L. Thompson, IPC Chairman and Former Director of Rural Development, The World Bank, USA 
Csaba Csaki, Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, The World Bank, Hungary -
Pedro Medrano Rojas, Country Director, World Food Program, India

Nestor Osorio, Executive Director, International Coffee Organization, Columbia 
Attakir Raman - International Fund for Agricultural Development, India
Piet Bukman, Former Minister of Agriculture, The Netherlands 

The IPC and NIA would like to thank the Confederation of Indian Industry for their support of this seminar.