International Workshop 


'Achieving Food Security in India: Improving Competition, Markets and the Efficiency of Supply Chains'


16 February 2011

The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi, India 


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Discusion Paper


Summary and Recommendations


Registration and Welcome Tea:   9.30 am


Plenary Session: 9.15 to 11.00 am


Welcome RemarksDr. Rajesh Chadha Senior Fellow, NCAER 


Co-Chair: Mr. Suman Bery, Director General, National Council for Applied Economic Research 

Co-Chair: Dr. Simon Hearn, Senior Advise, ACIAR


Project Outline, Summary and Recommendations: Mr. Scott Davenport, Chief Economist, Industry & Investment NSW, Orange, Australia Co-Project Leader with Dr. Rajesh Chadha, Senior Fellow, NCAER

Prof. Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Adviser, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Keynote Speaker: The Economics of Food Management in India

Prof. Ramesh Chand,Director, NCAP and Member, Advisory Committee of this Project, Guest Speaker:
Regulatory and Policy Challenges in Indian Agriculture

Floor discussion

Concluding Remarks by the Co Chairs

Vote of Thanks: Dr. Rajesh Chadha   

Morning Tea: 11.00 to 11.30 am

11.30 - 1.00 pm Technical Session -I: The Food Corporation of India: Impacts on Competition in the Food Chain

Chair: Prof. Ramesh Chand, Director, NCAP

Prof. Sisira Jayasuriya, La Trobe University, Melbourne
The FCI: Issues and an overview of work to date

Prof. Donald MacLaren, Melbourne University and Prof. Steve McCorriston, Exeter University
Options for Restructuring the Indian Wheat Market               Paper

Dr. Abusaleh Shariff, Senior Fellow, NCAER
Food security in the Context of Food Price Rise in India: An Empirical View

Floor Discussion and Comments by Chair

Lunch: 1.00 to 2.00 pm

2.00 - 3.30 pm Technical Session -II:   Assessing the Impacts of Regulatory Constraints to Food Chain Competition

Chair: Mr. Dhanendra Kumar, Chairperson, Competition commission of India

Dr. Rajesh Chadha, Ms. Anjali Tandon, Prof. Sisira Jayasuriya and Mr. Scott Davenport
A Pilot Study: Regulatory Constraints to Competition in India’s Food Chain

Ms Jyoti Gujral, Director IDFC and Member, Advisory Committee of this Project
Impediments to a System of Warehouse Receipts                                       Paper

Ms Jyoti Gujral, Director IDFC, Mr. Piyush Joshi and Ms. Anuradha R.V.
Facilitating Legislative and Administrative Reforms in Agricultural Marketing by Leveraging the Competition Commission of India (Paper)

Floor Discussion and Comments by Chair

Afternoon Tea: 3.30 to 4.00 pm

4.00 – 5.30 pm –Scope for Further Work

Co-Chair: Mr. Suman Bery, Director General, National Council for Applied Economic Research
Co-Chair: Dr. Simon Hearn, Senior Adviser, ACIAR

Prof. Sisira Jayasuriya, Dr. Rajesh Chadha, Mr Scott Davenport, Ms. Jyoti Gujral
(a) The FCI and Further Analysis
(b) Identifying Key Constraints to Productivity Growth in Agriculture
(c) Agriculture’s role in reducing the economy wide costs of meeting India’s Emissions Reduction Targets

Comments: Prof. Prem Vashishtha, Sharda University; Dr. Shashanka Bhide, Senior Research Counsellor, NCAER; Mr. Bharat Desai, Senior Executive Vice President, Reliance India Limited and Member, Advisory Committee of this Project; Dr. Geeta Gouri – Member Competition Commission of India; Dr. Anil Sharma, Senior Fellow, NCAER,

5.30 – 5.45 pm: Concluding Remarks - Mr. Suman Bery and Dr. Simon Hearn


Cocktails and Dinner : 7.00 pm


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