India Agricultural Outlook Forum

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW), Government of India has been organizing the ‘India Agricultural Outlook Forum’ since 2017. The 1st Agricultural Outlook Forum was organized in August 2017 in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The discussion mainly focused on farm revenue and sustainability; role of innovative technology; use of Big Data in agriculture; and strengthening of crop estimation systems.

Having received an overwhelming response from the delegates, stakeholders and participants the Department organized the 2nd India Agricultural Outlook Forum in September 2018 on a larger scale. The Forum deliberated on long-term demand and supply projections of agricultural commodities for India prepared by NITI Aayog and Global Agriculture Outlook prepared by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The other major issues addressed in the Forum, include regulatory issues in agriculture, need for innovative farm technology and management, challenges in water management and agricultural insurance, crop residue management, agricultural trade, etc. Experts from various countries and International Organizations, including USA, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, European Union and FAO actively participated in the deliberations of the Forum.

The Forum has overtime emerged as an important platform to discuss the national and international agricultural outlook and to throw light on the emerging issues of national and international importance through sharing of experiences and best practices.

The Department is now organizing the 3rd India Agricultural Outlook Forum during September 26-27, 2019 in New Delhi. This year the forum would deliberate on the Universal Basic Income for Farmers and other key challenges and opportunities before the agricultural sector, including the ways to manage excess production, price forecasting, artificial intelligence, water management, input markets, insurance, etc.

Distinguished Speakers

Mr.Sanjay Agarwal
Secretary, DAC&FW

Prof.Ramesh Chand
Member, NITI Aayog

Dr.Robert Johansson
Chief Economist, USDA