National Conference on Sustainable Soy, India

Solidaridad South and South-East Asia, ICAR-Directorate of Soybean Research (Indore) and Society for Soybean Research and Development (Indore) jointly planned and organized multi-stakeholder events (i.e. Sustainable Soy Week from 1-7 June 2015) across the country and the National Conference on Sustainable Soy on 10 June 2015 in Bhopal, India.

These events were coordinated by the National Platform for Sustainable Soy (NPSS) in collaboration with its members. The eminent state agricultural universities, namely Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya and Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, were the knowledge partners for this multi-stakeholder initiative.

The National Conference on Sustainable Soy was planned and executed with the objectives of dialogue between stakeholders, panel discussions on sustainability issues and to augment strategic partnerships to support sustainability. The participants included representatives from government, academia, research institutions, scientific community, agricultural universities, extension institutions, industries, traders, corporations, financial institutions, civil society organizations, farmers and farmers’ organizations with interest and expertise in promotion of sustainable approaches.

It was a platform for representatives of stakeholder groups to discuss and to deliberate approaches, experiences, challenges and their vision for sustainable soy. The conference culminated in recommendations by representatives of multi-stakeholders groups to promote NPSS for coordinating multi-stakeholder initiatives and decision on constitution of a coordination committee involving the representative from all the stakeholders. It will make all efforts to ensure that the soybean cultivation should maintain Non-GM identity, productivity enhancement, promote inclusive, equitable, socio-economic and environment responsible initiatives in soy value chain in India.

Conference report (PDF)