Prof. M.S. Swaminathan


Architect of India's Green Revolution


  • Dr. MJ Khan

    Dr. MJ Khan

    Chairman, ICFA

  • Mr. Alok Sinh

    Mr. Alok Sinha

    Director General, ICFA

  • Mr. C P Shoran

    Mr. C P Shoran

    Executive Director, ICFA

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Even after decreased contribution to GDP, agriculture still continues as a major livelihood provider around the globe, especially in the developing world; and hence responsible for economic growth and social transformation. Mammoth work has been done in agriculture in the recent years on the part of the industry, NGOs, CGIAR bodies and institutions, supported by the Government and international organisations to transform the agriculture and allied sectors. The most significant development in the last one decade has been the emergence of large number of start-ups in food and agriculture, across the value chain spectrum, completing the chain from farm to fork. In India, the Government schemes like ACABC, Startup India, Standup India, Skilled India and launch of MUDRA Bank and such other initiatives have accelerated the value creation and entrepreneurship activities in the farm sector and connected the same to the markets and the consumers through innovative agribusiness models.

Connecting farmers effectively with trade, markets and value added activity holds the key to their prosperity. In this context, Government of India has launched eNAM to help in marketing and also the program towards doubling farmers incomes by 2022. There is need for understanding and adopting successful global models and also fostering farmer-industry-institution partnerships towards helping farmers gradually transforming from farmer to farm entrepreneurs. The 11th Global Agriculture Summit 2018 aims to provide the platform towards facilitating farmers connect with the technologies, markets, industry, institutions and the Governmental programs. Indian Council of Food and Agriculture takes the opportunity to discuss the constraints and opportunities for a global momentum towards making agriculture high-tech, market linked and value added for best returns to farmers and to all stake-holders across the food value chain. This may require collective efforts, taking on board the Governments, inter-governmental organisations, trans-national corporations, industry, NGOs, FOs, financial and technology institutions for increased flow of knowledge, technologies, investments and market access. The national governments need to create enabling policy environment for effectively translating the potential of agriculture through agribusiness, and thus empowering farmers. Towards this end, ICFA is bringing together eminent personalities of Indian and global agriculture, food and agribusiness sectors on one platform on the event of 11th Global Agriculture Summit 2018. The experience will be combined with the presentation of 11th Global Leadership Awards and the launch of Agriculture Year Book 2018.

Important individuals and institutions, who played pivotal role in building new faiths and ambitions in agriculture will be acknowledged by the Global Leadership Awards 2018. On this occasion, ICFA and Agriculture Today will also release the Agriculture Year Book 2018 for an exhaustive appraisal of activities in food and agriculture round the year. It is must for everyone anyhow associated with food and agriculture via business, research, academics, media, farming, trade, development, policy making, implementation and any other medium across the globe to participate in this amalgamation of events.


  • To discuss the national and global marketing scenario and success models to provide the best marketing models and linkages to Indian farmers through policy reforms and collaborative efforts.
  • To discuss the marketing issues and challenges faced by farmers in India and globally, the issue of access and equity in trade and marketing and the emerging trends in agri value and supply chains.
  • To discuss the policy, trade, and market perspectives to agriculture on national and global level and to address the issue by creating opportunities for farmers through agri startups and farmers organisations.
  • To discuss the role of the States, industry and institutions towards promoting FPOs, agribusinesses, start-up ventures and value chain development to help farmers with better marketing options.
  • To discuss the issue of climate change and food security, and the need for collective action through partnerships and the increased role of private sector in providing farmers market connects to increase farmers’ incomes.


October 24, 2018

Inaugural Session
= 09:30 am – 10:30 am
Tea Break
= 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Policy push for agriculture growth and doubling farmers’ incomes
= 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Role of FPOs and private sector in providing farmers market connectivity
= 12:00 pm – 01:00 pm
Lunch Break
= 01:00 pm – 02 :00 pm
Global experiences and success models in agri marketing
= 02:00 pm – 03:00 pm
Connecting farmers with markets - role of eNAM
= 03:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Tea Break
= 04.00 pm – 04.30 pm
Empowering farmers through national and global trade
= 04:30 pm – 05:30 pm
Agri startups in providing market connect to farmers
= 05:30 pm – 06:30 pm
Tea Break
= 06:30 pm – 07:00 pm
Presentation of 11th Global Agriculture Leadership Awards 2018
= 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

October 25, 2018

Inauguration of AgroWorld 2018 at IARI, New Delhi
= 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tea Break
= 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Visit to India International Agro Trade & Technology Fair (AgroWorld) 2018
= 11.30 am – 01.00 pm
Lunch Break
= 01:00 pm – 02:00 pm
Global Business Dialogue Sessions organized in various halls at AgroWorld
= 02:00 pm – 05:30 pm
Tea Break
= 05:30 pm – 06:00 pm
Special Session: MS Swaminathan Global Dialogue on Climate Change and Food Security
= 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Presentation of 1st World Agriculture Prize
= 08:00 pm - 08:30 pm
= 08:30 pm onwards


Food and Agriculture sector is undergoing a rapid transformation in India and globally. The role of various stake-holders in driving the growth and value added transformation of farm sector is commendable. The institution of the Agriculture Leadership Awards in 2008 was a significant step in this direction to recognize the contributions of various stake-holders in agriculture. The Awards are given annually in different categories to those individuals and organizations, who have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields. The National Awards Committee is headed by the world renowned agriculture scientist, Prof. MS Swaminathan, with twenty six persons of national eminence as its members. The Leadership Awards shall be presented on 24th October, 2018 in New Delhi.


  • Political Leaders, Policy Makers and Diplomats
  • Officials of the Central and State Governments
  • Industry leaders and agribusiness industry executives
  • Experts, researchers, academic and extension persons
  • Banking, insurance, financial, rural and development professionals
  • Farmers, processors, traders, exporters, media and extension agencies
  • Entrepreneurs, NGOs, FPOs, students and agribusiness professionals

Awards Categories

  • Policy Leadership Award
  • Technology Leadership Award
  • Academic Leadership Award
  • Farming Leadership Award
  • Agribusiness Leadership Award
  • CSR Leadership Award
  • Corporate Leadership Award
  • Entrepreneur Leadership Award
  • Global Business Leadership Award
  • Development Leadership Award
  • International Leadership Award
  • Africa Development Award
  • Life Time Achievements Award
  • Best Agriculture District Award
  • Best Animal Husbandry State
  • Best Horticulture State Award
  • Best Agriculture State Award
  • Media Leadership Award


  • Choose a category and make sure that you enter in the correct category. Ensure that entry forms are complete in all respects.
  • You may fill the forms in English or in Hindi and send entry preferably by mail.
  • You may send your nominations separately for each category and type (individual /institutional).
  • Please send your entry, preferably in 2 pages only. One page of general bio-data and one page about the significant achievements. The Committee may seek additional information, if necessary
  • Each entry should be attached with the correct category label and a title.
  • A person may send his entry as well as sponsor names for any number of categories with brief notes of each sponsored names.
  • Please attach a cover note mentioning all the entries and categories in the package.


  • Entries must be sent to The Summit Secretariat, New Delhi
  • Entrants are advised to familiarise themselves with the criteria before entering and to comply with the requirements of the entry rules as strictly as possible.
  • Each category will comprise of one or more awards for individual or institution/ organization.
  • If entering the same piece of work in different categories please submit in duplicate copies.
  • No individual or organization will be considered for an award in consecutive years
  • The judges and the organizers reserve the right to reject the entries if they feel it does not comply with the spirit of the awards.
  • The awards will be made solely at the discretion of the judges, no feedback or correspondence will be entertained\ about the results, and the judges’ decision is final.
  • Entries will not be returned. After judging, all entries may be retained by ICFA for its archives.
  • All successful entrants only will be notified of the decision by the due date
  • ICFA reserves the right to make copies of the entries for publication in various forms
  • The Awards will have to be received by the Awardee himself / herself in individual cases and in cases of organizations/ industry by only the head of the organization

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In order to maintain the sanctity and stature of these Awards thorough screening is done by eminent experts. To make the process more authentic the Awards Committee also seeks informal views from a large number of people related directly or indirectly with agriculture and verify the claims of the applicants from the relevant sources. The selection of awardees is made through a two tier system. The Award Sub-Committees, headed by one member of the National Committee, screens and recommends to the National Committee for finalizing the names. All the applications and nominations received are screened to ensure that they satisfy all the conditions laid down by the Awards Secretariat. These are then put up to the respective Sub Committees. The second stage is the circulation of the entries by the Sub Committees, who evaluate the entries based on agreed parameters and recommend three names for each Award to the National Committee for the final selection. Based on the feedback received, the National Committee will make a list of the winning entries in each category. The high standard set for the Awards in the previous years is maintained. The applicants and sponsors may therefore check the level of contributions made by the winners of previous Agriculture Leadership Awards, before applying or sponsoring nominations.

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