About Us

Who We Are?

National Sustainable Spice Programme (NSSP) is a sector-wide platform that brings together stakeholders from public and private sectors, as well as smallholder farmer groups on one platform, to address social, economic and environmental issues in the spices industry in India. Founded by World Spice Organization (technical arm of All India Spices Exporters Forum), Spices Board of India, IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative and GIZ in 2019, 

The programme provides a platform to the spice industry stakeholders to make a commitment to source products sustainably and to make a positive impact on their value chains.

What We Do?

NSSP develops partnerships and collaborations, and facilitates discussions between stakeholders in the spice value chain through development of value chain linkages, and establishing service delivery models.

Our Partners


World Spice Organisation (WSO), is a not-for-profit organisation, established nearly a decade ago with the major objective of working on “Food Safety and Sustainability” in Spices sector. WSO works as an extended arm of All India Spices Exporters Forum (AISEF) in the area of technical, food safety and sustainability aspects of the Spice Industry, and is funded by AISEF – either partly or fully – for activities undertaken on behalf of AISEF. The organization has taken several initiatives in the past including a campaign in Nutmeg to bring down the Aflatoxin issues, backward integration for Chillies, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Madhya Pradesh, Cumin IPM program in Rajasthan and supporting the Spices Board to establish the Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs (CCSCH).

IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative is a not-for-profit organization, headquartered in The Netherlands. IDH convenes companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships to drive the joint design, co-funding and prototyping of new economically viable approaches to realize green and inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas. IDH approaches are designed to drive sustainability from niche to norm in mainstream markets, delivering impact on Sustainable Development Goals, that are focused on creating positive impact on deforestation, living incomes and living wages, working conditions, toxic loading and gender.


GIZ Private Business Action for Biodiversity Project: The project ‘Private Business Action for Biodiversity’ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The project pursues to identify and analyse promising mechanisms and instruments for promoting biodiversity-friendly production and commercialization and to test pilot approaches in three partner countries – India, Brazil and Mexico. The project aims to learn from the pilot implementation to further develop the mechanisms and instruments where required, and to systemize the experiences gained in a way that enables both the private and public actors to use them. 

Spices Board

Spices Board of India: Spice Board of India is the flagship organisation for Indian spices. Spices Board started working under the ambit of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in 1987.  Through the years, the Board has engaged in multipronged promotional programmes for spices and spices products internationally and  working for the post-harvest operations of various spices spread across the different agro-climatic zones of the country. A total of 52 spices are listed for its activities for the Spices Board which includes major and minor spices besides culinary herbs. The nationwide interface to improve the quality of post harvesting in major spices had been showing results as these help in bringing to the fore the producers of major spices scattered in the remote localities.


Philip Kuruvilla

Philip Kuruvilla
Co-ordinator – NSSP

Mr Philip Kuruvilla is an agrarian with 41 years of Agriculture and Commodity business background. He has a successful track record of establishing backward integration and Sustainable Agriculture programs in India, Vietnam, and African countries. He also has hands on experience in the areas of food safety, processing, and quality control. He is an advisor to The World Spice Organization.

Moses Yesudas
Executive – Admin

Mr. Moses Yesudas is an MBA and started his career as a Marketing Trainee at Kancor Ingredients Ltd, Kochi, during which he was engaged in Digital Marketing, promotional and media campaigns for the company. He also conducted market research for the company. Currently, he is also working as the Event & Media Manager at All India Spices Exporters Forum and is the coordinator for International Spice Conference (ISC), for which he manages global promotional activities.

Priyamvada Nilayangod
Executive – Technical

Ms. Priyamvada Nilayangod has an educational background in biotechnology and has been working in spices sector since 2014. She previously served as a technical assistant at the Spices Board of India before joining World Spice organization in 2019. She is interested in contributing to the sustainable agriculture space in India.

P.S. Sreekantan Thampi

Dr. P. S. Sreekantan Thampi started his career as a journalist in 1980 in Indian Express Newspaper group. He joined the Spices Board in 1988 and retired in 2018 as a Deputy Director, where he was in charge of Publicity and Promotions in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. He has also worked as Chief Co-ordinator of the eSpice Bazaar electronic platform for traceability of chillies and turmeric in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and with the Andhra Pradesh Horticulture Commission till Dec 2018 as a Consultant for spices. He was the Organising Secretary at World Spice Congress Codex Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs, till 2015.

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