Global Agro-Industries Forum 2008

Global Agro-Industries Forum 2008

Vienna, 8 April 2008 - Rapid globalization, market liberalization, and urbanization have created new opportunities for countries to trade agricultural and food products; however, they have also created challenges and increased risks. Countries with inefficient agro-industries are likely to be left behind those with modern and efficient agro-industries. While high-income countries add, on average, US$180 of value by processing one tonne of agricultural products, developing countries generate only US$40 of value per tonne.

Increasing market opportunities particularly for small-scale producers in rural areas of developing countries by improving their production, processing and marketing capabilities, will be one of the main issues of a Global Agro-Industries Forum (GAIF), hosted by India in New Delhi from 8-11 April 2008. The first of its kind, the Forum will promote the importance of agro-industries for economic development and poverty reduction. This means delivering better products at lower prices for the benefit of poor consumers and creating employment opportunities.

The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh will officially inaugurate the Forum, together with Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO, Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO and Lennart Bage, President of IFAD.

Around 500 senior representatives from the agro-industry, governments, technical and financing institutions, civil society and UN agencies will discuss the potential of agro-industries and the challenges they are facing. The conference is jointly organised by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNIDO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in close collaboration with the government of India.

The forum will also encourage dialogue between the private and public sector in order to foster partnerships for developing competitive agro-industries.