Food Diplomacy Program


“Food is a tremendous, tremendous, powerful tool,” believes analyst Dr Maria Velez de Berliner. “Whoever controls the access to food, they have control of the room.” She is a leading analyst and author of intelligence products and reports and has worked with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Food is increasingly being used as a tool of diplomacy and the role food plays in peace negotiations and conflict resolution is remarkable.

Leading this thought forward, the Indo American Center (IAC) has conceptualized, designed, and developed a notable program focused on strengthening Indo-U.S. ties through diplomacy efforts involving entrepreneurship and innovation across the food industry. At this initiative, The Food Diplomacy Program: A Recipe for Entrepreneurship (FDP), food entrepreneurship is being celebrated as a pivotal topic and is being leveraged to enhance closer bonds between Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and USA. Here, IAC brings nations closer through a multi-cultural experience. The Food Diplomacy Program is being conducted in May 2019 in Kolkata, India. To learn more and participate, please visit or