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An Objective Assessment and Outlook for Major Grains & Oil Seeds
Wheat, Rice, Maize, Nutri Grains, Sugar and Vegoils Markets

What's the Outlook for Global and
Indian Grains Markets in 2014?

DAY - 1 : February 10, 2014

Inaugural and Keynote Session Business Sessions
I: Global Market – Big Picture
II: India Market - Big Picture
III: Business Opportunity - Food and Nutrition Security

DAY - 2 : February 11, 2014

Business Sessions
IV: Market & Risks
V: Supply Chain Management
VI: Price Outlook
Confirmed Speakers
Mr. G. Chandrashekhar
Associate Editor
The Hindu Business Line

Dr. Allen M. Featherstone
Professor and Director of the Master of Agribusiness
Kansas State University

Dr. Ravish Chatrath
Principal Scientist
Directorate of Wheat Research

Major Rajiv Yadav
VP - Grains & Oilseeds
Noble Group

Mr. Somnath Chaterjee
Head - Procurement & Logistics
ITC Ltd.(Food Division)

Mr. G. K. Sood
Godavari Bio Refinery Pvt. Ltd.

Dr. Ravindra N Chibbar
Professor & Canada Research Chair
Crop Quality (Molecular Bio. & Gen.)
University of Saskatchewan

Mr. Amit Sachdev
India Representative
U S Grains Council

Dr. Sain Dass
Indian Maize Development Association

Dr. B. Dayakar Rao
Principal Scientist & Consortium PI (NAIP-Millets Value chain)
Directorate of Sorghum Research

Dr. A. S. Bawa
Vice President AUUP&RBEF
Amity University, Noida

Dr. Bindiya Sharma
Assistant Professor

Mr. Ravi Shankar Mantha
Agrisk Research Technology Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Sumesh P.
Director, Business Development
Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd.

Mr. Girish Aivalli

General Director
ADM Agro Industries (I) Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Rakesh Dubey
Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs Lead
Monsanto India

Mr. Anil Jauhri
National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB)
Quality Council of India (QCI)

Mr. Amith Agarwal
Star Agriwarehousing & Collateral Management Ltd.

Dr. Anup Kalra
Executive Director
Ayurvet Limited

Dr. R. Sendhil
Agricultural Economist

Dr. Ashok Vishandass
Member, CACP
Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India

Dr. Thomas A. Lumpkin
DG CIMMYT and Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA)

Dr Rajiv Tandon
Head of Advocacy
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Dr. Subrata Dutta, PhD
National Coordinator-(India)
Flour Fortification Initiative

Mr. Gyana Ranjan Das
Senior Originator Food & Agriculture
Vice President-Products
Swiss Re International SE, Singapore Branch

4th Grain Conference What's the outlook for global and Indian grains markets in 2014?" (An Objective Assessment and Outlook for major Grains, Sugar and Vegoils markets)
After three successive years of adverse weather and spike in prices in 2010, 2011 and 2012 that affected a large number of poor people and food importing countries really badly, the global agricultural markets have recovered in 2013 with production of various crops including grains and oilseeds rebounding, thanks to generally favourable weather in both the hemispheres. Prices have turned more benign. As we move closer to the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, the big question on the minds of market participants is: what does 2014 have in store? The growth v/s inflation dilemma refuses to go away, even as countries struggle to strike a judicious balance. Will adverse weather once again hurt crop output or will production respond to prices? What role will monetary policy play in impacting production and prices of farm goods? Crude oil has become a critical driver of agricultural markets. How will crude prices behave in 2014? These and many more questions engage the attention of market participants and policymakers around the world. In India, 2013 saw a general rebound in farm production; yet extended southwest monsoon has damaged a part of kharif crop. Rabi planting is set to gather pace over November. Will the next harvest (Rabi 2014) compensate for kharif losses, and to what extent? In other words, will the country continue to face elevated levels of food prices or will there be relief? The National Food Security Act 2013 has been passed. What are its implications for the country’s farm sector in general and grains market in particular? What is the future of Futures Trading in India? Will the extant suspension of derivatives trade in some agri-commodities be lifted? Will FDI in organized retail revolutionise the domestic food market? How will currency dynamics impact India’s imports of edible oil and pulses in particular? These and many more related questions will be debated with tremendous insight by renowned experts at the 4th International Grains Conference to be held at India International Centre, Feb 10-11, 2014 New Delhi. A strong lineup of speakers from within the country and outside will share their domain expertise and crystal-gaze into the year ahead. The high point of the convention would the Price Outlook session where experts will come up with price forecast for a range of agri-commodities including wheat, pulses, oilseeds and sugar. Policymakers from the government, public sector undertakings, large corporate trading houses, major processors of grains, trade intermediaries and a host of service providers (commercial banks, logistics firms, technologists, surveyors etc) in addition to academicians and investors are expected to participate.

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