Past Events

ORF roundtables encourage voices from all quarters, geographies and gender to furnish engaged discussion between policymakers and audiences across the globe. Details and brief reports outlining resultant debates and policy recommendations can be found here.

south-south, India, Africa, India-Africa, trade, investment, cooperation

India-Africa partnerships for food security and capacity building

This conference will compile evidence-based case studies from Africa on the contribution of Indian investments in agriculture/allied sectors through the extension of India’s development compact — aid, trade, FDI and capacity building initiatives.

The conference will look at the role of Indian FDI for capacity building and value addition to the agricultural sector on the continent through private sector and government-led initiatives. It will also explore the potential for export of key agricultural commodities from countries in Africa to India through the Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) programme launched and promoted at the India-Africa Forum Summit.

Find the programme here.


A.K. Krishna Kumar, Executive Director, IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Ltd.

Amit Bharadwaj, Founder and CEO, Level A Commodities, New Delhi

Amit Chakravarty, Chief of Staff, DG office, ICRISAT, Hyderabad

Ashish Shah, Director for Country Programmes, International Trade Centre, Geneva

Ashwani Muthoo, Director, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome

Bharat Kulkarni, Director, Stalwart Management Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai

Dhaval D. Desai, Sr. Fellow & Vice President, Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai

Edda Sanga, Executive Director, Tanzania Women’s Media Association

Emile Mwepesi, Consul, High Commission of Rwanda

Fatma Alloo, Founder Member Tanzania Women’s Media Association

Francisco Simplicio, Former Asst. Director, UNOSSOC, UNDP & Manager, IBSA Trust Fund, US

G.K. Pillai, Chairman and Independent Director, Tata International

H.H.S. Viswanathan, Distinguished Fellow, ORF

Ian Taylor, School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Iddo Dror, Head of Capacity Development, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Kenya

John Patrick Omegere, Symbiosis International University & Gandhi-Mandela Centre for African Studies, ORF Mumbai

Kasongo Musenga, Consul, Embassy of Democratic Republic of Congo

Kojo Opoku Aidoo, Senior Fellow, University of Ghana

Lucky Ugbudian, Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Nigeria

Meera Venkatachalam, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai and Head, Gandhi-Mandela Centre for African Studies

N. Swaminathan, Asst. Prof., Department of Agricultural Economics, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College of Agriculture & Research Institute, Karaikal, Puducherry

Prakash Bakshi, Former Chairman, NABARD, India

Pranav Kumar, Head, International Policy, CII

Rasha Omar, IFAD Country Director, India

Reema Nanavaty, Director, SEWA, Ahmedabad and Padmashri Awardee

Renu Modi, Senior Lecturer & Former Director, Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai

Sami Saran, Director (Africa), Frontier Growth Advisors

Sebastian Sambuo Mushi, Rural Urban Development Initiatives, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Sudheendra Kulkarni, Advisor, ORF Mumbai

Suresh Kumar, Director, Centre for African Studies, University of Delhi

Tafadzwa Kaurayi, President, Association of African Students of India, Mumbai Chapter

Tom De Bruyn, Leuven International and European Studies (LINES), University of Ku Leuven, Belgium

Temesgen Hordofa Talossa, Consul, Consulate General of FDR Ethiopia in Mumbai

Timothy Shaw, Emeritus Professor, University of Boston, Massachusetts and Mbrara University of Science & Technology, Uganda

U.B. Angadi, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi

Fanai, Asst. General Manager, Export-Import Bank of India, Mumbai

Shankar, Managing Director & CEO, Rallis India Ltd.

Venkat Bollapragada, Asst. Vice President & Head — Marketing, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd.

Y.S.P. Thorat, Director, Tata Chemicals and Former Chairman, NABARD, India