Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

Greetings from beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Apologies for jumping in late.

In the interest of brevity, I would like to point out that some of the questions being posed are discussed in our recent report on micro, small and medium enterprises with respect to agri-food in the Philippines, Vietnam and Peru commissioned by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada on behalf of the Global Affairs Canada funded APEC-Growing Business Partnership. While extreme poverty is not the exact focus, strengthening sustainable agri-food systems can and does play an important role in lifting the poorest of poor out of poverty, particularly in rural areas. However, this should be supplemented by redistribution of resources - through various programs including but not limited to cash-transfers - and investments in female literacy and nutrition. 

The study was published on March 23rd, 2018 and can be freely downloaded at:…

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or comments. 

Gisèle Yasmeen

Gisèle Yasmeen, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

Adjunct Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability
Royal Roads University