Short food supply chains: About the workshops

Introduction to the workshop

Food sustainability and employment are key challenges faced by developing nations like Thailand. The food chain dimension has become a vital element enabling us to better understand new patterns of rural development and is significant building block for future policies designed to influence these.

The creation, operation, and evolution of `alternative' food supply chains (short food supply chains) is one of the key emerging dimensions of new rural development patterns. Short food supply chains (SFSCs) redefines by giving clear signals on the provenance and quality attributes of food and by constructing transparent chains in which products reach the consumer with a significant degree of value-laden information. SFSCs are an important carrier for the `shortening' of relations between food production and locality, thereby potentially enhancing a re-embedding of farming towards more environmentally sustainable modes of production.

Many EU nations have successfully introduced SFSC schemes and hence there is an opportunity for the developing nations like Thailand to learn from the SFSC practices that can help the country in meeting their sustainable food and socio economic challenges such as employment.

The workshop therefore aims to address one of the key challenges faced by Thailand, i.e., having sustainable food security for all people. Thailand is considered as a strategic hub of food production for both Asia and the rest of the world due to its biodiversity and natural agricultural productivity. Strengthening research around this domain will benefit local and international researchers as well as practitioners such as food suppliers and farmers.

A three day workshop event will therefore bring experienced and young researchers on a common platform to explore how adoption of SFSC practices can help local farmers and consumers to connect with each other. How adoption of SFSC will create employment opportunities and how it can lead to sustainable food supply in Thailand.  

The research themes covered in the workshop will include, but not limited to, the following

  • An introduction to Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) and its benefit to wider society
  • Successful cases of SFSC implementation across the globe and lessons learnt
  • Challenges to sustainable food supply, food security and SFSCs in Thailand
  • Socio-economic impact of SFSCs schemes on all key stakeholders

The main objectives of this proposed workshop are

  • To identify the benefits and challenges of SFSCs practises & how to mitigate the problems
  • To explore the extent of issues around sustainable food supply in Thailand
  • To explore how SFSCs can lead to employment creation in Thailand
  • To highlight research development opportunities and supporting alternatives in the area

Workshop mentoring will be provided by four internationally reputed researchers:

  • Prof Supachai Pathumnakul, Khon Kean University, Thailand
  • Dr Decharut Sukkumnoed, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Prof Prasanta Dey, Aston University, UK
  • Prof Bob Doherty, The University of York, UK

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