India signs cooperation agreement with World Food Programme for 2023-27
Envisaged on a much larger scale than the event earlier organised by the Ministry
Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) recently chaired a roundtable interaction with Resident Commissioners (RCs) to apprise the Ministry’s plan of action for the proposed Mega Food Event to States / UTs and discuss possible areas of collaborations. During the keynote address, Secretary informed the RCs that the mega event would be organised in October 2023.
This event would be providing a platform for the States and UTs to showcase specific opportunities, interact with global and domestic business leaders, suppliers, purchasers, and technology providers for collaborations, and generate investment & sourcing interests across the value chain of food processing and food retail sectors.
All States / UTs were requested to share feedback / suggestions to make the event a grand success. They were also requested to participate actively in the event, as well as support the Ministry in creating awareness, ensuring participation of senior policy makers, agri-food companies, farmer producer organisations (FPOs) / self help groups (SHGs) and all relevant stakeholders in the mega food event.
The participants were also informed that as part of ‘International Year of Millets’, a series of activities are being planned by the Ministry to create awareness about the many benefits of millets and millet based value-added products.
All participating RCs assured support to MoFPI in activities planned throughout the year 2023 and during the Mega Food Event 2023. Some of the suggestions / feedback included requirements of focused campaigning of the mega food event as well as benefits of millets domestically & in international expos, organising district level summits in addition to planned summits and expos in State Capitals which would help in on-boarding micro entrepreneurs, FPOs, SHGs; showcasing of traditional aspects, possible association with tourism industry for promotion of the mega event etc.
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