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ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS

AFMA

- Association of Food Marketing Agencies in Asia and the Pacific

AMO

- Agricultural Marketing Organization

BSE

- Bovine spongiform encephalopathy

CityNet

- Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements

CLA(s)

- City/cities and local authority/authorities

CSO(s)

- Civil society organization(s)

DTCs

- Developing and transitional countries

FAO

- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FLFP

- Female labour force participation

FSD

- Food supply and distribution

FSDS(s)

- Food supply and distribution system(s)

GIS

- Geographic Information System(s)

ICLEI

- International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives

IDWG

- Interdepartmental working group

IFS

- Informal food sector

IULA

- International Union of Local Authorities

MSME(s)

- Micro, small and medium enterprise(s)

NGO(s)

- Non-governmental organization(s)

TCCT

- Technical cooperation among countries in transition

TCDC

- Technical cooperation among developing countries

UNCHS

- United Nations Centre for Human Settlements

UNDP

- United Nations Development Programme

UTO

- United Towns Organization

WUWM

- World Union of Wholesale Markets


Profile of the author

Gisèle Yasmeen received a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1996. Her dissertation, entitled Bangkok’s Foodscape, focused on prepared food distribution systems in Bangkok with references to other Asian cities. She has worked as a lecturer, researcher and consultant for the past seven years on urban food supply and distribution systems including two years on a CIDA-funded project studying the impact of the economic crisis on small-scale food retailing in Thailand and the Philippines. Gisèle Yasmeen recently completed a report for the International Development Research Centre’s South Asia Regional Office on urban agriculture in India. As an associate of Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD), Gisèle Yasmeen has created a website on “Sustainable Urban Food systems in North and South”. (www.sdri.ubc.ca/gisele)

Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Olivio Argenti, of FAO-AGSM, for his extensive feedback on draft versions of these proceedings. Renata Clarke and Alastair Hicks provided useful wording suggestions for the section on food processing and Thierry Facon clarified the report for the workshop on water issues. Bernadia Tjandradewi’s help was indispensable with the sections on North-South, South-South technical cooperation. Keith Taverner provided technical assistance. Cyndia Pilkington’s professional and fastidious editing, relentless proofreading and help with summaries was essential for the preparation and finalization of these proceedings.

Contact information for the seminar organizers

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Feeding Asian Cities regional seminar
Marketing and Rural Finance Service
Agricultural Support Systems Division
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy

Tel: (+39) 06 5705 5119
Fax: (+39) 06 57056850 - 57054961
E-mail: asian-cities@fao.org
Website: www.fao.org/waicent/faoinfo/agricult/ags/AGSM/SADA/Asia/Index.htm

Association of Food Marketing Agencies (AFMA)
Maliwan Mansion - Phra Atit Road
Bangkok - 10200 - Thailand

Tel.: (+66) 2 2817844 - ext.: 350/1/2
Fax: (+66) 2 6291203 - 2800445
E-mail: afma@asiaaccess.net.th

CityNet
5-F International Organizations Centre
1-1-1 Minato-Mirai - Nishi-ku
Yokohama 220-0012 - Japan

Tel.: (+81) 45 2232161
Fax: (+81) 45 2232162
E-mail: citynet@po.iijnet.or.jp
Website: www.CityNet-ap.org/en/index.html


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