FoodTechIndia (FTI) is a public-private initiative combining the strengths of Dutch agro-food companies, knowledge institutes, governmental agencies and their Indian counterparts to reduce food wastage in India through the establishment of a improved supply and cold chain.
Key problem to be addressed
India’s major challenge is to cope with the growing food consumption demand, increasing food insecurity at a fast pace. One of the key components to address this challenge is reducing agricultural food wastage along the entire value chain: approximately 40% of the country’s fruits and vegetables, worth INR 133 billion (EUR 1,8 billion), goes to waste annually.
Objective of FTI
The objective of the project is to reduce food wastage in India through the implementation of an integrated supply and cold chain infrastructure for fruits and vegetables. Furthermore, the project is focused on enabling sustainable inclusive economic growth among local small scale farmers.
- Cooperate with local farmers to set-up 20 polyhouses, assisted by international and local cultivation specialists in Tamil Nadu and/or Karnataka;
- Build collection points for the farmers with non-grid dependable decentralized adiabatic cooling;
- Add value to the selected products through sorting, processing, (recognizable) packaging and (refrigerated) distribution;
- Set up a track and trace system from the local farmer to the retailer, to continuously improve efficiency within the supply and cold chain;
- Provide direct access to market through close cooperation with a leading food retailer: Future Consumer Enterprise Limited.
The consortium, consists of the following partners:
- high quality seed supplier Rijk Zwaan,
- knowledge institute TNO, providing technical solutions for sustainable decentralized cold storage based on solar energy,
- Broekman Logistics India, a one stop logistics service provider,
- Future Consumer Enterprise Limited, an Indian retail group,
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and
- Larive International, project initiator and coordinator.
The strength of the consortium lies in its integral approach (‘chain approach’) toward fruits & vegetables cultivation, harvesting, logistics, storage, cooling, processing, packaging and distribution to the consumer.