Organized Agri-Food Retailing in India – Nabard Case Study

Following are the findings from a recently concluded study on Organized Agri-food retailing in India. 1.  Indian retail has grown nearly at the rate of India’s nominal GDP since 1990-91 The sum of Private Final Consumption Expenditure at current prices (nominal)2 on durable, semi-durable and non-durable goods is perhaps the closest estimation of aggregate size of Indian retail. On the basis of this, the size of retail in 2008-09 is estimated at Rs. 17,497 billion. Since

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Of Florida Oranges and North East Pineapples

Perhaps Jaipur Literature Festival is not the most obvious choice for those like me preoccupied with linking small farmers with markets. Yet a panel discussion between author and MIT fellow Abhijit Banerjee, Amy Chua (of ‘World On Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability’ fame ), Arun Meira (Planning Commission member) and Tarun Das (CII’s Ex Boss), turned out to be as revealing as Abhijit’s brilliant book “Poor Economics”. We (my

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Building cross border fruit and vegetable value chains in developing countries for enhancing export performance, particularly exports to developed countries.

Vietnam campus of the ‘Asian Institute of Technology’ in Ho Chi Min City (HCMC) (http://bit.ly/OQRpqB) has successfully organized a 3-day training course recently on “International Trade Environment of Fruit and Vegetables – one of the potential export products categories of Vietnam”. I facilitated and conducted the training with marvelous support from an interpreter and translator in Mr. Khang Nguyen, who not only interpreted and translated my spoken and written words, but also mimicked my newly

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Wastage is Good, Invest your onions ….a thought for food

Two days back I participated in a big debate on impact of recently announced FDI in retail on cold chain infrastructure in India. A specialty magazine for the distribution and logistics scene in India had organized this debate at one of the chambers of commerce in India. Three gentlemen including a self-proclaimed cold chain specialist, an omnipresent agribusiness consultant, a retired CMD of a nationalized bank, apart from yours truly, debated on the subject which

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The Myths and Realities of Onion Price Spike 2010 in India: and what it didn’t teach stakeholders to prevent a similar spike in 2015

Why spike happened and some buzzwords that surrounded that spike? First, some classical theory that explain such spikes in food commodities anywhere…. “Factors that could affect any food commodity prices can be broadly classified as either supply or demand. Total supply for any given period, a.k.a. the “amount on hand,” has two components: the new harvest and the storage from the previous period. While the amount of storage carried forward reflects some optimal decision from

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An Ex NDDB foot soldier pays tribute to Dr. Verghese Kurien

On a wintry evening in 2005 I had just arrived at Vadodra airport for the flight back to Delhi after finishing a meeting with a top (arrogant) gun at NDDB in Anand. I was in for a bad news when it was suddenly announced that all flights moving out from Vadodara were cancelled because of some unforeseen air force exercise in the vicinity of airport. While the passengers harangue with airline staff continued I sat

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We don’t just need a Cold Chain but do need an India specific cold chain.

On way to attend a panel discussion at India Cold Storage Conference 2012 on 27th April last month I got floored by the title of the event “Emerging importance of Cold Chain business in India”. I recalled that way back in 1991 also, as a young officer at Mother Dairy NDDB, I had attended a FICCI conference with a similar title. Why the time has stood still for cold chain business in India? While being

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