Food Value Chain Course in Partnership with Visayas State University (VSU) 2023
The 3rd Food Value Chain Training Course in Partnership with Visayas State University (VSU) under HRD Project Phase-3 was successfully organized from 22 to 25 May 202 The activity was implemented online through a Zoom platform hosted by the Department of Food Science & Technology, VSU. A total of 90 participants were enrolled in the training course in a hybrid class which consists of students and staff of VSU and from other higher educational institutes in the country as well as 2 bachelor students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Lecturers with noted expertise in Food Value Chain (FVC) from Japanese private sectors shared their knowledge and practical know-how based on their wide range of experiences in FVC-related fields. The curriculum was arranged based on consultation among VSU, MAFF Japan, Japan Food Journal, and the Project. It was composed of cutting-edge knowledge on FVC-related topics; 1) Food Value Chain and Sustainable Agriculture, 2) Supply Chain and Logistics, 3) Fast Food and Restaurant Industry, 4) Food Processing/ Manufacturing, 5) International Trade 6) Food Traceability by Agriculture Cooperative, 7) ICT/ Smart Agriculture. A workshop was held to stimulate students’ understanding and allow them to discuss the current situation in the Philippines including challenges and solutions through skills and knowledge introduced by experts during the programs. Participants were divided into 10 groups and each group selected one of the given topics and made presentations; 1) the Sustainability of Food in the Philippines affected by external factors such as climate change and Russian invasion, 2) the Challenge after the pandemic of COVID-19 in Agriculture in ICT or digital technology viewpoint 3) How to improve logistics in the Philippines including the problem and ideas to address it.