Online Event
September 12-13, 2022 | Online Event
FAT 2022

Nerlita Masajo Manalili

Nerlita Masajo Manalili, Speaker at Food Science Conference 2022
Nexus Agribusiness Solutions, Philippines
Title : Investment in graduate education in food science and technology: Foreground for food systems development and innovations: Case of ASEAN countries

Abstract:

Investing in food science and technology education is a crucial step towards sustainable development and innovation in food systems of developing economies. This is the very premise of the Asian - European International Master’s Program on Food Science–Agro Food Industry that was jointly initiated in Southeast Asia by Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Agricoles et Alimentaires (ENSIA) (ENSIA) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO ) The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) Philippines in 2002. Graduates from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam underwent a 19-month modular course offered in the Philippines, with lecturers coming from Europe (France, the Netherlands and UK) and Asia (Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand) and with their required Thesis or research work undertaken in another country in Asia or Europe.

Two decades later, a look into home country-contributions of the 16 ASEAN nationals who benefited from this European Union Asia Link funded graduate course were traced and assessed. Specifically, this paper focused on how this graduate education program contributed to the evolution of the food science field in the beneficiaries’ respective countries, how it opened up access to private food companies for collaborative studies (or work) and enhanced academe-industry linkage in food science and technology  and consequently how it paved the way for food systems development and innovation.  Insights gained will provide specific lessons on planning and designing future investments in food science and technology education in developing economies

Biography:

Dr. Nerlita Manalili is currently, Managing Director of Nexus Agribusiness Solutions, a consulting firm. Previously Research and Development Manager of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization’s Southeast Asian Regional for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEAMEO SEARCA) and Coordinator for Asia of Asian-European International Master’s Program on Food Science–Agro Food Industry; jointly implemented by Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Agricoles et Alimentaires (ENSIA) (ENSIA) and SEAMEO SEARCA. Formerly regional adviser for Asia on market access of Vredeseilanden (now Rikolto) of Belgium and an agribusiness faculty of the College of Economics and Management, University of the Philippines, Los Banos.

Watsapp