Technical Platform on the Measurement and Reduction of Food Loss and Waste

Webinar: Food loss and waste along the value chain in the Pacific region

Hybrid Event, 27/06/2017

Tuesday, 27 June 11.30 – 12.30 hrs (Rome time) FAO HQ Lebanon Room (D209) and online*


Prof Steven Underhill, Professor of Horticulture, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia



Rosa Rolle, Senior Enterprise Development Officer and Agro-Food Industry Group Leader, FAO/ESN


This seminar/webinar will cover current horticulture value chain research in the South Pacific (Samoa, Vanuatu, and Fiji) that seeks to reduce food loss, improve smallholder market access, and better understand the factors impeding value chain development. Particular attention will be given to the end-market of the value chain and how market design, vendor practice and consumer purchasing behaviour shape value chain efficiency.  A series of case studies covering inter-island value chain development, strategies for enhanced community-based value chain development, and key lessons learned will be discussed.

About the speaker:

Steven Underhill is Professor of Horticulture at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, co-Director of the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Studies, and a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.  Steven has over 25 years of experience in tropical postharvest handling in developing countries, based on food security and food loss, poverty alleviation and livelihood development outcomes.  Prof Underhill’s current research interest focuses on the South Pacific horticultural value chains. He works with smallholder farmers and local Governments to improve horticultural postharvest handling and quality management systems, food loss and waste, and postharvest capacity building. 

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We look forward to your participation!

Kind regards,

David Neven

FAO Technical Network on Sustainable Food Value Chain Development Coordinator