Derek Baker

Derek Baker

Professor of Agribusiness and Value Chain, University of New England, Australia

Dr. Derek Baker is Professor of Agribusiness and Value Chains at the University of New England. His work primarily deals with competitiveness issues throughout the food and agricultural industries. He has worked extensively with smallholder value chain access and performance across the Developing World and in Economies in Transition. Up until late 2013, Derek led the Value Chain Analysis program at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. He remains a part of the CGIAR research program on value chains and smallholder agriculture. Prior to that Derek managed the Danish Food Industry Innovation project while living in Copenhagen, Denmark, and worked for some 15 years as a food and agricultural economics consultant across Africa, Asia and Europe. Originally a farmer and agribusiness consultant in New Zealand during the pro-market reforms of the mid-late 1980s, Derek has since worked in over 40 countries. He holds a first class honors degree in Farm Management from Massey University, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Pennsylvania State University.

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Session Details

Speaker at: Small-Scale Farmers: The Backbone of Agriculture
Date & Time: Monday, 27 October, 9:05-10 a.m.
Location: Session Rooms 1-4

Session Description

Small-Scale Farmers: The Backbone of Agriculture

Presentation 1: Latest research findings and case studies of successful G.A.P. programs and schemes from around the world that successfully integrate small-scale farmers in local and international supply chains. This will demonstrate how actively supporting smallholders to access markets reduces poverty and ensures food security.

Designed as a platform for producer groups around the globe to present their success models and innovative ideas, the main focus will be on mutual learning and information exchange. Feedback from the various sessions to take place will feed into the GLOBALG.A.P. Revision Process as valuable input. It will also serve as fuel for further debate in an online community for quality managers of producer groups.The goal is to find concrete technical solutions to create an online networking platform for all quality managers of producer groups worldwide to share their ideas, experience and expertise.