The Fellows include Dr Yingjun Zhang (China Agricultural University, China), Dr Rina Hendrati (Centre for Forest Biotechnology and Tree Improvement, Indonesia), Dr Lilis Sadiyah (Research Centre for Fisheries Management and Conservation, Indonesia), Ms Matilda Hamago (Coffee Industry Corporation, Papua New Guinea) and Dr Nguyen Viet Hung (Hanoi School of Public Health, Vietnam).
Wahida opened the workshop by explaining the scope of the Global Food Studies’s teaching and research programs. The GFS team has extensive experience of agricultural research projects in the Pacific, Asian countries including Vietnam, Indonesia, China as well as developed countries like Netherlands and the US. The GFS team has also been closely working with local public and private agencies in South Australia. Our international experience has also been further improved by our PhD program, which has been attended by students from more than 15 countries.
Risti Permani shared her perspectives of “Policy Issues in Global Food Security”. Our previous project on food security regional dialogue could provide a good framework of we can produce good policy recommendations. Risti emphasised the importance of promoting evidence-based policy making by integrating smallholders in the food systems both at local and global markets and ensuring the government programs cause minimum distortions to markets.
Sharmina Ahmed presented her work on “translation approach in health and nutrition: bridging the gap between research and pratice”. She pointed out the importance of translation research aiming at comparing worlds clinical alternatives for patient care that are most effective in decision making.
Xiaobo He made a presentation on “food and health: evidence from Asian-Pacific countries”. He described various topics on the link between food consumption and health aspects as well as different approaches and country studies that the GFS team has implemented.
Suprehatin presented his work entitled “How Farmers’ Preferences for Crop Attributes Affect High Value Crops Adoption”. Suprehatin suggested that the farmer field school framework can be an effective program for farmers, especially resource-poor farmers to adopt a new technology.
Ben Hebart, who also works for PIRSA, shared his experience of joining Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business (MGFAB). His previous role focussing on ‘production-only’ issues has motivated him to learn more a more comprehensive approach through attending our program learning more about ‘value-chain thinking’.