Entrepreneurship in Millets in India
Sunday, May 31st 2020. 3 PM to 4 PM (Indian Std Time)
Over the past few years the demand for millet based products has sky rocketed. Many amongst us have started moving to millet based diets seeking better sources for our nutritional requirements. As discussed in second and fifth sessions, this nutrition is primarily found in the bran layer of these grains. As discussed in the fourth and eighth sessions, this poses a challenge when it comes to designing the process flow to make these grains edible. The booming millet sector therefore, offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to build the market leader in this nascent sector.
In this session, we shall go over some of the basic factors that entrepreneurs need to consider when making decisions regarding starting or running an enterprise in the millet value chain. We shall briefly touch upon market trends and projections for the Indian markets.
Anchor/Moderator: Mr. Raman Ahuja,
Mr Raman Ahuja is currently working with FAO and IFAD millet value chain. Raman has a background in the corporate sector where he worked with Hindustan Unilever for 15 years in FMCG and in food and Agri. Thereafter (2005-2011), he built Sunil Bharti Mittal’s venture – FieldFresh Foods DelMonte. In the last 10 years, he has been consulting with Governments, Multilateral Agencies such as World Bank IFAD and FAO on their projects in India. He is currently working with MoACFW, GoI to develop a strategy on millets (nutri-cereals) for the Govt of India.
Speaker: Dr. Dwiji Guru
Dwiji is a serial entrepreneur, technology developer, researcher, and advocate for sustainable food systems. Dwiji consult for and work with various stakeholders – from farmers to consumers – on dry land farming, processing, specializing in various aspects of millets spanning a broad spectrum from cultivation practices, processing, cooking to nutrition.
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Previous sessions in KMW 2020
- May 4th – Community centric approach – cultivation, processing, consumption
- May 7th – Cooking Characteristics & insights on millet dishes
- May 10th – Millets and Agro-bio, food, and nutritional diversity – past, present and future
- May 13th – Millet Processing – Principles, Techniques and Challenges
- May 16th – Grain characteristics- structural, nutritional & storage
- May 19th – The ecological and cultural value of millets – who grew and continue to; how and why do they continue
- May 22nd – Millet cultivation – choice of crop and seeds, practices to improve quality of crop, perspectives of yield and productivity
- May 25th – Intro to Mechanized Processing of millets – scale, machines & skill requirements
- May 28th – Quality assessment and consumer price concerns regarding staple forms of millets