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Food Systems Approach to Indian Agribusinesses
Centre for Management in Agriculture
Prof. Vidya Vemireddy
Course Description & Objectives
Agriculture is linked to livelihoods both in terms of income and nutrition. Given the issues related to malnutrition that plague India, connecting agriculture and nutrition is critical. In this context, to ensure sustainability of production and consumption, all the nodes right from food production to food utilization need to be considered. To realize the long-term sustainable benefits, a nutrition sensitive food systems approach is needed when we think of agribusinesses as well. This course introduces students to this framework and presents various existing and potential agribusiness opportunities.
This course has the following objectives:
Introduction to nutrition-sensitive food systems: objectives and applications
Equips students with tools to map business ideas using this framework
Identifies existing and potential agri-business opportunities at all the nodes of foodsystems in India and Globally.
Enhances the ability to think through businesses from a systems perspective.
A combination of methods such as case discussions, lectures, guest lectures and presentations are used in this course. The lectures are designed to give the students an understanding of the nutrition sensitive food-systems and identify the possibilities for agribusiness. An in-depth understanding of issues and opportunities is provided by cases. Guest lectures/field visits aim to demonstrate the journey and processes involved in setting up businesses. The project presentations are intended to think through agribusinesses through a food-systems lens.
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