INDEPENDENCE, Indiana (AP) It’s time for the Spice Masters of the World to take over.
The World Spice Council is hosting its annual conference in India, where hundreds of chefs, spices experts and Indian consumers are taking part.
But it’s also the time to bring in a fresh crop of international talent, including some from the United States.
They’ll be joined by India’s new head of its international diplomatic corps, a former diplomat who has worked at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development and former U.K. ambassador to India.
The World Spice Summit is being held in the southern city of Indore, a historic hub of the spice trade, which was dominated by British and Dutch empires from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
It’s the first time in recent history that the Spice Council, a global body that oversees the spice industry, has held a major conference in an Indian city, said Samir Bhagat, the executive director of the organization.
“It is the first international conference since the World Trade Organization came into existence in 1997,” Bhagatsmit, who also leads the International Organization for Standardization, said in a statement.
“There are many new developments and there is a lot of excitement.”
The conference is being hosted by the Institute of Food Security and Nutrition (IFSN) and the Indian Food Technology Institute.
It will feature the work of more than 300 international food scientists, researchers, business leaders and government officials, and will include a roundtable discussion on India’s agricultural sector, Bhagatesmit said.
Bhagatsmitsmit says the Spice Summit, which begins Wednesday in Indore and runs until Sept. 15, will offer an opportunity to showcase the growth of the Indian food sector and its impact on the world.
He said it’s a chance to bring together international experts from the U, U.N. and other international bodies to share information about Indian agriculture and food production, and to share best practices and trends.
“This is going to be an important moment for us to get a better understanding of how the Indian market works,” Bhagsmit said in an interview.
“We need to do this to help the Indian economy grow, to help it become more productive and to help make India a global player in food processing and distribution.”
India’s government has said that it plans to establish an embassy in Indores in 2021.
But the U-turn has come after years of criticism by rights groups that India has been neglecting its own food safety rules.
India was named by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 2014 for its achievements in food security.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the world’s oldest human rights organization, has designated it a “global leader in sustainable food security.”
India has the world population of about 2.2 billion and has the fourth-highest per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables, the World Health Organization says.
It also has the fifth-highest infant mortality rate in the world, according to World Bank data.
It has one of the worlds largest exporters of rice, sugar and pulses, as well as cocoa and cotton, and is a major producer of rice and sugar in parts of the North East, Southeast Asia and China.
The government has promised to make India one of its top 10 food-producing nations by 2025.
But critics say India has failed to address problems that have plagued its agriculture sector, including high rates of corruption, poor food safety and high food prices.
Bharat Sharma, a New York-based food safety expert who helped create a new program in the U., says India needs to do more to help farmers improve food safety.
“The government is not doing enough,” Sharma said in London.
“This is not just an issue of India but an issue for the world.”