“Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” Walt Whitman.
As the grapevine says, great changes always start from simple thoughts. In 2005, the vision of a few budding managers led to the formation of Interest Group in Food and Agri-business (IGFAB) as a reflection of agri-business management in Indian Institute of Management Lucknow. From there, the IGFAB went on to be the face of IIM Lucknow in the domains of agri-business, environment and rural management, standing tall as the sole committee on campus to represent IIM Lucknow in these domains. Over the years, the brick and mortar of perseverance and hard work put in by the members, has helped it to build on the foundation.
This Forum is an interactive series of presentations and discussions by top executives, researchers and students, focused on timely issues impacting the global food chain. Diverse program themes and interaction with key agribusiness leaders enhances the sharing of information and identification of potential opportunities .Although it is one of the youngest committees on campus, it manages to capture the center stage with various relevant activities
IGFAB, under the umbrella of IIM Lucknow, acts to disseminate awareness about agri-business, to carve paths for conserving the environment and to diffuse subtle prosperity in rural India by:
- Supporting innovations in agri-business to address the threats viz. food shortage, food wastage, water scarcity, low crop productivity, destructive urbanization etc.
- Promoting entrepreneurs in the field of agribusiness by offering them vital opportunities to showcase their vision through various events
- Generating awareness for relevant environmental issues and their effects on the animals, plants and people
- Creating platforms for an elusive learning across streams viz. rural finance, rural marketing, rural retail, farm management, business sustainability, IT applications, microfinance, commodity trading etc.
Legacy of Events
IGFAB conducts “SAKSHAM” as its first event for the new batches. It is a Case Study event especially for first year students. Then next
We proudly organized the Annual Agribusiness Conclave- SANKALP. The conclave included panel discussion among eminent executives from the industry, case study competitions and simulation game events in which people from different organizations, institutions were invited
LAKSHYA- the first Live Case Challenge of SANKALP 2013 in association with ASI, where we talked about business sustainability and asked the contestants to take plunge into the fields of marketing and retailing and come up with sustainable and implementable ideas.
The next event was VALORACION, the Agri-Business Finance Live Project in association with leading Agribusiness service providers, involving desk research on agro-financing for SMEs. The work involved working on deliverables in close coordination with the clients of Agribusiness service providers and loads of enriching practical experience.
VALORACIAN was succeeded by VIMARSH, Panel Discussion interaction with key agribusiness leaders enhanced the sharing of information and identification of potential opportunities. The day came to close by C-Trader a simulation Game where carbon credits were traded and the team with the highest profit was announced the winner.
For IGFAB the year came to a close with AEFORIA which presented an opportunity to use imagination to develop new ideas. The participants were required to Design a poster or a video or a radio advertisement as a part of promotional strategy for entree of an organic food store.