Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations

Seminar Details

17 Apr 2012




Seminar on
Agricultural Trade Policy and Sustainable Development: 
Experience from India and Other Countries



8:45 – 9:00 Arrivals
9:00 – 9:30 Introductory remarks

Rajat KATHURIA, Director and Chief Executive, ICRIER Ricardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ,Chief Executive, ICTSD

9:30 – 11:00 Session 1: India’s agricultural trade policy and sustainable development

ChairRicardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ, Chief Executive, ICTSD

India’s agricultural trade policy: adapting to new and old challenges
Anwarul HODA, Chair Professor, ICRIER

Recommendations for future policy directions
Ashok GULATI, Chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP)


Abhijit DAS, Head and Professor, Centre for WTO Studies

Open Discussion

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee
11:30 – 13:00 Session 2: Trends in agricultural domestic support worldwide

ChairSudhanshu PANDEY, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Trends in agricultural domestic support worldwide, and their sustainable development implications
Lars BRINK, Senior Fellow, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network


Vijay Pal SINGH, Director, All India Rice Exporters Association 

Open Discussion

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Agricultural trade policy and environmental goals

ChairRicardo MELÉNDEZ-ORTIZ, Chief Executive, ICTSD

Reorienting agricultural domestic support around environmental goals: the experience of the European Union
Alan SWINBANK, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Reading


Anandajit GOSWAMI, Coordinator, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) 

Open Discussion

15:30 – 16:00 Lunch
16:00 – 17:30 Session 4: Agricultural trade policy and social goals

ChairT. NANDA KUMAR, Member, National Disaster Management Authority

The role of agricultural trade policy in pursuing social goals
Shekhar SHAH, Director General, NCAER

Agricultural trade policy and food security
Kirit PARIKH, Chairman, Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe)


Chengal REDDY, Secretary General, Consortium of Indian Farmers’ Associations (CIFA)
Joseph GEORGE, Policy Analyst, CUTS International 

Open Discussion

17:30 – 18:00 Concluding remarks and the way forward


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