IRMA has organized The International Conference on Agribusiness in Emerging Economies (ICAEE) in collaboration with the Whitman School of Management & the South Asia Center at Syracuse University (USA) along with the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies on January 6-7, 2016. The conference had 150 attendees from 17 Indian states. It also had international participants from Uganda, USA and Sri Lanka. As many as 84 participants presented papers on various dimensions of agribusiness include marketing, public policy issues, dairy cooperatives, supply and value chains, contract farming, finance, innovations and entrepreneurship. The conference also featured a round table with speakers from GCMMF, Tata Trusts, NDDB, NeML and Yes Bank along with an invited talk on “Agribusiness development and smallholder agriculture: Experience and prospects” by Mr. Pravesh Sharma, former Managing Director of Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium. 27 Institute of Rural Management Anand The conference was supported by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Gujarat Co-operative Milk & Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Tata Trusts, Yes Bank and NCDEX e-markets.
IRMA has signed an MoU with Awadh Research Foundation (ARF), a leading NGO providing specialized services to international organizations in the development sector. The agreement, signed in February 2016, involves extensive fieldwork in 37 villages of Uttar Pradesh for the survey “Socio Economic Profile of Rural Households in India”. Under this agreement, ARF’s work will be supervised by a core team from IRMA with Dr. Hari K. Nagarajan, also the RBI Chair Professor, as its head.