1) ICRISAT and ICC team up to hold first India international grains conference
(12 January 2012)

Hyderabad, India, 12 January 2012 – Aiming to open up new challenges and opportunities towards improving the quality, safety and nutritional value of grain-based foods, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has teamed up with the Vienna,Austria-based International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (ICC) to conduct the first ever ICC India International Grains Conference.

With the theme “Developments in Grain Science and Technology to Ensure High Quality, Safe and Healthy Grain-based Foods,” the conference will be held on 16-18 January 2012 at the Eros Hotel, New Delhi.

The three-day conference will serve as a forum for networking and exchange of information among various sectors of the local and international grains industry, decision-makers in the Indian food and cereals industry, and the food and nutrition science community. It will also bring together grain scientists and technologists, breeders, millers, bakers, cereal and grain food processors, suppliers and traders to discuss the quality, safety and nutritional value of grain and foods made from cereals, with specific reference to the needs of India and the Indian subcontinent.

“The demand for grains is growing as a number of major global issues continue to impact the world’s food security,” says ICRISAT Director General William D Dar. He points out that grain science and technology has become vital in addressing major concerns such as minimizing grain postharvest losses, providing people access to quality and safe food, fighting hunger and malnutrition, and improving livelihoods of resource-poor households in the semi-arid tropics.

ICC Secretary General/CEO Roland E Poms, on the other hand, speaks of the importance of ICC’s partnership with ICRISAT and members of the scientific committee in developing a program on cereal R&D’s contributions to food security, safety and health. He adds that while focused on the Indian context, the program is also globally relevant as it covers such areas as crop improvement, storage, and nutrition processing and analysis for all major cereal grains and products.

Since its founding in 1955, ICC has been instrumental in revolutionizing cereal science and technology through the dissemination of knowledge, conduct of research, and development of standard methods that contribute to improved food quality, and food safety and security for the health and well-being of the people.

The NutriPlus Knowledge (NPK) Program of the Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP) of ICRISAT is coordinating the conference along with ICC. In 2012, ICRISAT became the first ICC Institutional Member in India.

During the conference, renowned speakers from international and national research institutes, multinational and domestic food companies, entrepreneurs, and food research and consultancy organizations will share knowledge and information on grain and food quality and safety, grain storage solutions and challenges, nutrition and health, equipment and tools to ensure quality and safety, crop improvement for enhanced grain quality and utilization, international and regional trends in food technology, and quality assessment of raw materials and products. The conference will include an oral paper program, an expert panel discussion, a technical trade exhibition, and a poster paper program.

For more details and registration information

please contact Saikat Datta Mazumdar (s.dattmazumdar@cgiar.org) or visit the conference website http://india2012.icc.or.at/.
For more information about ICRISAT, please visit www.icrisat.org.


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