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The Partnership Exchange
Exploring Opportunities for FPOs and AgTechs August 30, 2019

Hotel The Claridges, New Delhi

Programme Schedule

09:30-10:00 am Registration
10:00-10:10 am Welcome Address, Introduction to the Roundtable & Context Setting
  • Arindom Datta, Executive Director & Head, Rural & Development Banking/ Advisory, Rabobank
  • Vipin Sharma, CEO, ACCESS Development Services
  • Hemendra Mathur, Co-founder, ThinkAg &Venture Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund
10:10-10:55 am Building a Bridge between CSOs and AgTechs

This session will cover the perspectives of CSOs that are working with smallholder farmers to empower them for adoption of agricultural best practices, challenges faced in doing so and technology solutions available to the farmers at the production stage to tackle these problems.

Hemendra Mathur, Co-founder, ThinkAg &Venture Partner, Bharat Innvation Fund

Presenters (6 minutes/presenter)

  • Angarai Balasubramanian, Director, Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems
  • Satyabrata Acharyya, PRADAN
  • Jitesh Shah/Amit Salunkhe CropIn (TBD)
  • Praneet Kumar, Business Head, Agrostar (TBD)
  • Satish Nakula, CEO, Bighaat
  • AgriRain/GoldFarm (TBD &Tentative)
  • Raj Kancham, Managing Director, AgriBuddy

10:55 to 11:40 pm Moderated Q&A and Discussion - Hemendra Mathur
11:40 to 12:00 pm Networking Break
12:00 to 12:30 pm Enabling Access to Finance by New age Companies and Untapped Opportunities for FPO Financing

The startups will present new models of financing followed by CSOs sharing their experiences in facilitating access to finance for FPOs

Arindom Datta, Executive Director & Head, Rural & Development Banking/ Advisory, Rabobank

Presenters (6 minutes/presenter)

  • Prateep Basu Cofounder, SatSure
  • Farmart/JaiKisan (TBD)
  • Rajkumar KVN, Co-founder & Managing Director, PayAgri
  • Hari Rajagopal, Vice President, Samunnati Financial Intermediation & Services Pvt. Ltd
  • Manas Mohan, Programme Director, Agribusiness Promotion, ASA
  • Bharati Joshi, Managing Director & CEO, Indian Grameen Services
  • S D Pandian, Secretary, Social Education Economical Development Society (SEEDS)

12:30 to 01:15 pm Moderated Discussion and Q&A - Arindom Datta
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm Lunch
2:15 pm to 3:15 pm Linking Smallholder Farmers to Markets with the Help of Technology

CSOs facilitating and supporting FPOs in establishing market linkages will present their challenges in accessing higher value markets followed by the startups presenting their technology solutions for overcoming these constraints and enabling farmers to get better value for their produce.

Ritu Verma/ Ram Kaundinya (TBD)

Presenters (6 minutes/presenter)

  • Suryamani Roul, Deputy Director, TechnoServe India
  • Ram Narayan Ghatak, Head Operations, ACCESS
  • Kuldeep Solanki, CEO, Gujpro Agribusiness Consortium Producer Co. Ltd.
  • Sudarshan Suryawanshi, CEO, Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP)
  • Sarat Mulukkutla/ Amith Agarwal, AgriBazaar (TBD)
  • Shyam Sunder Singh, Executive Director, Dehaat
  • Pardhasaradhi Chinna, CFO, Waycool Foods
  • Kishor Kumar Jha, Founder & Director, Ergos
  • Saurabh Kumar, CEO, Agricx
  • Akash Sharma, CEO, Technify Biz

3:15pm Tea/Coffee served at the respective seats
3:15 to 3:45 pm Moderated Discussion and Q&A - Ritu Verma/ Ram Kaundinya
3:45 to 3:55

AgTech Farmer Partnership - Experiences from the Ground

Akash Parekh, VP, Europe and Asia, Cropin and Rama Shukla, Associate Chief Programme Executive, BAIF Development Research Foundation

3:55 to 5:10 pm Building an Enabling Ecosystem for Farmer Producer Organisations - Open House

This session will deliberate upon the current FPO landscape, the challenges that may impede their future growth and sustainability and the ecosystem building efforts needed to boost the FPO model

Pravesh Sharma, Chairperson, NAFPO


  • Raj Ganguli, Senior Agribusiness Specialist, World Bank
  • Anjani Bansal, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • IFAD (TBD)

5:10 pm - 6:00 pm Networking Time

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