“Betting Big on Palm Oil” A dialogue on risks and opportunities of NMEO-OP

Partner: International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology

Welcome remarks and Opening address by:
Mr. Chandra Bhushan, Chief Executive officer, International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology (iFOREST)

Keynote address by:
Ms. Subha Thakur – Joint-Secretary, National Mission on Palm Oil. GOI Department of Agriculture and Cooperation & Farmers Welfare

Session 1: Understanding the economics of Palm Oil expansion
Moderator: Mr. Chandra Bhushan


  • Dr. Ashok Vishandass, Professor, Indian Institute of Public Administration
  • Mr. D. Raghunanadan, Delhi Science Forum & All India Peoples Science Network
  • Mr. Manu Kaushik, Management Consultant, ex-GCMMF
  • Dr. Sudhir Kumar Suthar, Associate Professor, JNU

Keynote address by:
Mr. Partha Sarthi Das – IA & AS Joint Seceretary, GOI Department of Food and Public Distribution

Session 2: Understanding the environmental and health costs of palm oil expansion
Moderator: Mr. Ajay Vir Jakhar


  • Ms. Madhuri Nanda, Rainforest Alliance, Sustainable Palm Oil Coalition
  • Dr. Prasenjit Biswas, Professor, NEHU
  • Mr. Ashish Bahuguna, Former Agriculture Secretary
  • Dr. Santosh Passi, Retired Professor, Nutrition Institute of Home Economics, DU
  • Ms. Vishaish Uppal, Director, Governance, Law & Policy, WWF- India

Followed by Q&A round with the audience.

Closing address by:
Mr. Ajay Vir Jakhar – Chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj

Thank you note by:
Ms. Mandavi Singh – Programme Manager, iFOREST


Partner: International Forum for Environment, Sustainability & Technology
Place: New Delhi
Date: 11th October 2021
Background Note