September 19, 2023

IGCC will hold a virtual event on “Supporting India’s Agriculture Sector Against Post-Harvest Losses” on March 8


The Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) invites you to the virtual launch event”Supporting India’s agricultural sector against post-harvest losses”, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. IST).

The event launches an initiative organized by the IGCC which aims to support farmers in India’s innovative technology to prevent post-harvest losses along selected agricultural value chains.

Post-harvest losses occur between harvest periods and the sale of crops in the market and retail outlets. Globally, the problem has far-reaching economic, social, environmental, nutritional and health implications.

Globally, almost a third of food production is lost or wasted every year. In India, on average 40% of food production is lost and wasted. In most countries, including India, post-harvest losses have direct potential effects on national food security as they reduce the availability, accessibility, utilization and stability of food supply and support the objective of doubling the income of Indian farmers.

The agricultural sector employs over 50% of India’s workforce and contributes 20% to the country’s GDP. The incomes and livelihoods of millions of farmers, labourers, traders, millers and vendors depend on the crops harvested. As the quality and quantity of food products decline due to post-harvest losses, this creates a multiplier negative monetary impact on the income generation of all actors in the value chains. About 65% of the Indian population lives on less than 1.50 euro per day. Preventing post-harvest losses ensures that enough food is available to poor households and raises income levels above the poverty line.

From an environmental point of view, the agricultural sector consumes 80% of India’s water consumption and 20% of India’s national consumption. The loss of 40% of crops per year due to post-harvest losses has a significant impact on the efficiency of water and electricity consumption in India, reducing water scarcity and greenhouse gas emissions Greenhouse. At the same time, post-harvest losses put greater pressure on arable land, which can lead to environmental destruction. Preventing losses at the initial stages of food supply chains can increase food availability and increase farmers’ incomes without requiring additional land, investment and resources.

The virtual launch event “Supporting Indian Agriculture Sector against Post-harvest Losses” is organized under the project “Innovation Platform and Hybrid Trade Fair – Reducing Post-harvest Losses in India” supported by the German government, carried out by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

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4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Opening speech by a representative of the ministry

Welcome address:

Mrs. Elke Peiler – Advisor, i4Ag, Cooperation with the private sector, GIZ GmbH

Ms Sonia Prashar – Deputy Managing Director, Indo-German Chamber of Commerce

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presentation: Official Unveiling of the Post-Harvest Loss Prevention Initiative, Results of Expert Consultations – Crops in Brief

Mr. Indras Ghosh – Acting Head of Sustainability Project, IGCC SustainMarkets

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Impact and opportunities of post-harvest losses in India

Mr. Hemendra Mathur – Venture Capital Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Innovative technology to prevent post-harvest losses – Best practice 1

Mr. Akash Agarwal – CEO, New Leaf Dynamic Technologies Pvt. ltd

5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Innovative technology to prevent post-harvest losses – Best practice 2

Mr. Deepak Rajmohan – CEO, GreenPod Labs

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Q&A and Closing Remarks