Alastair Hicks

, Fellow International Academy of Food Science and Technology FIAFoST, Australia
Title : Poverty Reduction and Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups through Training on Village Level Food Processing

Abstract

Background & Objectives:
Four ASEAN countries Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam have needs for food enterprise development, marketing skills and means of coordinating households and communities into cooperative action. The objective is to develop their capability to operate small rural food systems, for food security, income generation and poverty reduction.

Outline of project: 
National focal persons are trained in a portfolio of technical skills, who in turn train villagers on small scale food processing. Traditional food products are upgraded in regional tourist sectors.
Safe hygienic practices are developed for traditional food products, supply chains and packaging is upgraded.  Food technology value-addition is linked to credit oriented projects in-country.
National food pilot sites are established as active, sustainable food enterprises, to train villagers.

Conclusions: 
Cambodia and LaoPDR rural industrialization and crop diversification programmes are active; Myanmar uses entrepreneur skills to develop rural income diversification; Vietnam's Occupational Community Villages (OCV's) develop economies of scale in food processing 
Significance and Impact: Agriculture, together with added-value activities on and off-farm, are primary sources of income for these populations, lacking any economic safety net.
Keywords: 
Food Security, Village Food Processing, Value-Addition, Poverty Reduction, Vulnerable Groups Empowerment

Biography

Former Senior Regional Agroindustry and Postharvest Officer,of FAO/UN Regional Office for Asia and Pacific  (20 years). Terms of Reference:  Technical and policy advice at ministerial level, to governments of forty six (46) FAO Member Countries in Asia/Pacific Region. Reported on 150+ missions to FAO/UN, global, regional and national. Honours:   Elected Fellow International Academy of Food Science and Technology (FIAFoST); Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (FAIFST) ;  Vice-President of Asian Association of Agricultural Engineering AAAE; Honorary Associate, Food Technology Association FTA of NSW, Australia; Hon. Committee of Federation of Institutes of Food Science and Technology in ASEAN (FIFSTA); Honorary:  Emeritus Adjunct Professor MaeFah Luang University Thailand; Visiting Academic Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand; Visiting   Fellow University of South Pacific (Samoa); Expert Food Engineer Kasetsart University, (Thailand). Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee for 9 International Conferences in Food Science & Technology;  Publications : 250+ keynote, plenary, and invited papers in the proceedings of 70+ international, regional, and national conferences in 20 countries globally; in proceedings of 27 FAO Regional Expert Consultations; in 53 journal articles, book chapters, trade journals, thesis papers; and in proceedings of  70+ international, regional, national high level workshops, seminars, workshops, and short courses