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According to the World Bank, agriculture has the potential for market-based economic development that can create benefits through national or regional agricultural value chains globally, especially in South Asia.
Agricultural supply chain covers the entire chain of activities from production on the farm to processing, distribution, and retailing to the consumer. Infact, agricultural supply chains and networks play an important role in providing producers access to markets; they affect economic, social and environmental sustainability of farming intensive communities.
The Indian government too is working towards improving the agriculture with farm sector Agriculture bills passed in 2020- The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Moreover, NITI Aayog has also conceptualised various strategies and activities to promote social, economic and environmental development in the country – formation of the aspirational districts, submitted the voluntary report on SDGs, etc., so as to enable and invite private investment for various developmental activities across the country including that of elevating the agriculture sector including - agricultural supply chain infrastructure and removing different entry barriers to promote coordinated supply chain and traceability.
Sustainable agriculture supply chains have great potential to address many challenges along the lines of serving up affordable and nutritious food, upskilling labourers, providing alternate sources of energy, strengthening livelihoods, revitalising rural and urban landscapes, delivering inclusive national growth, and driving positive change across the 2030 Agenda – Achieving the UN SDGs by 2030.
Today agriculture supply chains globally have been exposed to unprecedented risks following COVID-19. It is necessary to understand and mitigate the impact of risks and to create resilient supply chains to ensure food security for all and sustaining the livelihood of the farmers. GCNI and ECHO Forum have partnered together to initiate this dialogue among various Agri Supply Chain stakeholders through our 1st Virtual Agri Supply Chain Summit. The Summit is supported by NCML, Diageo, BIMTECH and Socioladder. PWC is our knowledge partner and SustainEverse is the Host Portal.
Contact Person: Shreya Verma - firstname.lastname@example.org
Aligning agriculture supply chains with SDGs: Promoting Decent Work Standards
Day & Date :
Thu, 1st July, 2021