Role of Indian Food Industries in Sustainable Development: A Review

Tulasi Bhavani Cheerala, Suman Bodh and Praveen Verma

Abstract

The Indian food industry has undergone remarkable growth, positioning itself as a significant player in the global food trade. Its prowess in adding value, particularly within the food processing sector, has established it as a high-growth, high-profit sector within India’s economy. Recognizing the pivotal role the food industry plays in the economic development of nations, especially in India, this paper aims to provide a concise introduction to the Indian food industry and underscore its crucial role in achieving Sustainable development goals (SDGs). While acknowledging the potential of the industry for promoting sustainable development, it is imperative to understand that innovative breakthroughs can lead to transformative changes, reshaping various aspects of the global food system and presenting both challenges and opportunities for SDG realization. Within this framework, the paper offers an overview of the Indian food industry and its impact on relevant SDGs. It further delves into the challenges and barriers encountered by the Indian food industry in its quest to contribute to SDGs. Lastly, the paper outlines strategies for enhancing sustainability within the industry. The intricate interplay of various SDGs emphasizes the significance of acknowledging the role of food production diversity in establishing crucial connections. This diversity not only directly contributes to multiple SDGs but also holds the potential to spur agricultural development and improve living standards in rural areas. While the SDGs offer substantial benefits for the food industry, it is crucial to acknowledge their limitations, including high implementation costs, sluggish progress, and limited resource availability. As we progress, researchers must actively consider these constraints and seek effective, cost-efficient solutions to expedite progress.

Published on: November 15, 2023
doi: 10.17756/jfcn.2023-s1-070
Citation: Cheerala TB, Bodh S, Verma P. 2023. Role of Indian Food Industries in Sustainable Development: A Review. J Food Chem Nanotechnol 9(S1): S554-S561.

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