1300-1400: Meet and greet over lunch hosted by NITI Aayog. Chikmagalur Coffee by Billi Hu and Bean-to-Bar Chocolates from Cocoatrait.

1400-1405: Introductory remarks by Sanjoo Malhotra and Sourish Bhattacharyya, Founder Directors, Tasting India Symposium.

1405-1425: Opening Speech by Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog.

1425-1435: Setting the Parameters: Introduction to the Workshop, Its Objectives and Expected Outcomes by the Ambassador of Denmark in India, H.E. Freddy Svane.

1435-1440: Vandana Mehra, Communications Expert on Sanitation and Health, introduces the Keynote Speaker, Mr Parameswaran Iyer.

1440-1500: Keynote Speech by Mr Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India.

1500-1515: Looking back at the 1st Indo-Nordic Food Policy Workshop at FSSAI, New Delhi. A review of the outcomes and the way forward. By Mr Pawan Agarwal, CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

1515-1520: Remarks by the Ambassador-Designate of Finland, H.E. Ritva Koukku-Ronde.

1520-1525: Remarks by the Minister Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden, Mr Gautam Bhattacharyya.


1525-1530: Introductory remarks by Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison, Executive Director, Tasting India Symposium. At the end of her overview of the discussions ahead, she will invite the lead speaker of the opening discussion to kick off the deliberations.

1530-1610: Opening Discussion (40 minutes):

Creating a Circular Food Economy – Indian and Nordic Perspectives.

Lead Speaker: Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, Centre for Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).

Followed by NITI Aayog Representative (name to be finalised); Line Rise Nielsen, Member of the Board, CPH Foodspace, Copenhagen; Kalyan Paul, Co-Founder, Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation; Anthony Chhetri, Lead, Programme Support, Development and Management, Indo-Global Social Service Society (IGSSS); Nagahari Krishna L., Director, Public & Industry Affairs, Danfoss; Jaideep Gokhale, Director of Communications, South & South East Asia, Tetrapak; and L. Nitin Chordia, Founder, Cocoatrait, India’s first bean-to-bar chocolate.

1610-1615: Ambassador Banashri Bose Harrison thanks the speakers and invites the lead speaker to open the second discussion.

1615-1645: Second Session (30 minutes):

Inside Food Smart Cities — Creating Value out of Food Waste.

Lead Speaker (10 minutes): Mr Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI (Focus on RUCO – conversion of re-used cooking oil into biodiesel).

Followed by Shantanu Ghotmare, India Country Representative, Global Green Growth Institute + Dr Deepshikha Sharma, Innovation Head of Cleantech, Royal Embassy of Denmark; NITI Aayog Representative (name to be finalised); Joseph Arulappan, CEO and Managing Director, Nordic Cleantech; Dr Bharati Chaturvedi, Founder Director, Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group.

1645-1700: Tea/Coffee Break

1700-1735: Third Session (40 minutes)

Children’s Nutrition and School Meals – Achieving Goals Through Innovation.

1700-1710: Joanna Kane-Potaka, Assistant Director General, ICRISAT; Executive Director, Smart Food, presents the findings of the ICRISAT-Akshayapatra study on millets in mid-days meals.

1710-1715: Shaleen Meelu, Nutrition Adviser, Birmingham City Council, and Consultant, Birmingham India Nutrition Initiative (BINDI), will present the top-line results of a nutrition study conducted in Pune.

1715-1735: Comments (3-4 minutes each) by NITI Aayog Representative (name to be finalised); Naina Pachnanda, AGNii/Invest India; Line Rise Nielsen; Shauravi Malik, Co-Founder, Slurrp Farm; Parul Ohri, Editor, Momspresso.

1735-1740: Joanna Kane-Potaka introduces the fourth session and requests the lead speaker to open the discussion.

1740-1800: Fourth Session (20 minutes):

Climate Smart Agriculture – India’s Millet Economy. And What Sets Finland’s Oats Apart.

Lead Speaker (10 minutes): Dr Dayakar Rao B. (Principal Scientist, IIMR).

Followed by (5 minutes) Dr Ashutosh Upadhyay, Professor and Head, Food Science and Technology, NIFTEM; (5 minutes) Sonali Saigal Kapur, Senior Adviser, Business Finland.



India, like the rest of the world, grapples with a climate emergency coupled with an intensified water crisis, even as it pursues against these odds its national objective of doubling the incomes of our farmers and lifting the sluggish growth rate of the agriculture sector. It is against this backdrop of challenges and opportunities that the Tasting India Symposium’s 2nd Indo-Nordic Food Policy Workshop will convene at NITI Aayog to facilitate a meaningful dialogue between India’s premier development think tank and experts from Nordic nations, as well as scientists and entrepreneurs working towards creative solutions to make the SDG2 goals of zero hunger and zero food waste an immediate reality.

The Workshop will serve as a platform for policymakers and specialists to exchange ideas on catalysts of change such as innovation, environmental upgradation, equality of opportunities and access, and technological efficiency. It will provide an opportunity to Nordic experts and companies to discuss sustainable best practices, tested and perfected either in the Nordics or in India, offering practical solutions to agricultural and urban management challenges confronting the world.

We have identified four key areas for discussions at the Workshop: the idea of a circular food economy; converting urban waste into clean energy; promoting climate smart agriculture, focusing on millets and oats; and making school meals equitably accessible and nutritionally wholesome. We hope to draw important lessons from Nordic food policies and success stories, especially the ones celebrated in the Nordic Solutions Menu. Similarly, we hope to showcase solutions being offered by the Indian startup ecosystem nurtured by NITI Aayog. Our objective is to summarise the discussions in a document and issue a call for action.

TARGET GROUPS FOR THE WORKSHOP: Officers of the Central, State and City governments; NITI Aayog advisers and researchers; representatives of the Nordic embassies and companies; founders of startups, private think tanks and development NGOs; members of academia; public health specialists and nutritionists; and the media.