Short Course on Food Value Chain Analysis Underway
Thirty-one course participants composed of professors, graduate students, and practitioners from Southeast Asia are now attending the short course on Methods and Approaches in Food Value Chain Analysis at the Firm-Farm Level from 3 to 7 August 2015 at SEARCA, Los Baños, Laguna.
The course looks into relevant dimensions of the food value chain, including the traditional and modern food value chains, challenges to sustainable food value chain analysis in Southeast Asia, and policy making.
“This study is especially critical in view of the ASEAN integration towards the end of this year, which aims to transform ASEAN into a single market and production base. All these also sit well with SEARCA’s current Five-Year plan, which focuses on Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development or ISARD,” disclosed Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., Director of SEARCA during the opening program of the 5-day short course.
With the participants of the course coming from diverse backgrounds and countries, “an extensive sharing of experiences is expected thereby enriching the learning from the course,” furthered Dr. Saguiguit.
Dr. Krissana Treesilvattanakulof the Department of Agro-industry Technology, Faculty of Agro-industry, Kasetsart University of Thailand is the resource speaker for the short course. This course is the first of four short courses to be conducted by SEARCA in 2015 through the support of the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Germany. FSC is one of the five excellence centers of the program "Exceed- Higher Education Excellence in Development Cooperation," supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of Germany.SEARCA is one of the strategic partners of FSC since 2009.