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Food Waste – responding to the challenge

October 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Are you passionate about minimizing food waste and protecting our environment for future generations through sustainable business practices? Yes? Then join us in responding to the challenge.

Food waste represents more than just a waste of nutrition and resources. It is a dreadful comment on social justice in a world still struggling to end hunger. Ending food waste is a challenge worth responding to.

At the local, national and international level there are actions by firms, governments and social organisations underway to reduce or end food waste. However, food waste has many causes and is itself indicative of broader issues of waste accumulation and management in cities, the regions and the environment.

Centre for Agribusiness Director, Professor Derek Baker, visiting Brazilian scholar, Dr Aldara Cesar and local business Rag & Trader owner, Becky Smouha together through a panel discussion will offer some insight to the problem and some possible solutions moving forward.

Location: Charlie’s Last Stand, 1/234 Beardy Street, Armidale
5.30pm for a 6pm start
Thursday 18th October

Panel facilitator – Professor Derek Baker, Professor of Agribusiness, Univeristy of New England
Derek is an agricultural economist that has written widely on food, farms, agribusiness and the agricultural industries. He is currently Professor of Agribusiness and Value Chains at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, and his work primarily deals with competitiveness issues throughout the food and agricultural industries. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Animal Science and Farm Management from Massey University, a Graduate Certificate in Research Management from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the Pennsylvania State University. After undergraduate studies, Derek ran the family farm and worked as an agribusiness consultant in New Zealand during the pro-market reforms of the mid-late 1980s. He has since worked in over 40 countries, in the private sector and as an independent consultant as well as at the University of London, Copenhagen University and international research agencies.   Up until late 2013, Derek led Economics and Value Chain research at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to that he managed the Danish Food Industry Innovation project while living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the Director of UNE’s Centre for Agribusiness and Value Chains.

Tracy Wright, Creative Director, Raw Fibre
Based in Armidale, on the beautiful New England Tablelands, Tracy Wright has created Raw Fibre. A unique label which, as the name suggests is focused on manufacturing garments using beautiful natural fibres. Tracy’s rural origins have resulted in her seeking inspiration from the natural environment and the beauty it encapsulates. This love of nature has carried through to the brand’s ethos. It also offers endless sources of inspiration for colour and design. A passion for quality fabrics and yarns, contributed to Raw Fibre’s first collection which is a collaboration of classic designs in linen, cotton and silk. Raw Fibre’s garments reflect their customers – women who are passionate about quality and timeless fashion. The designs are classic with a modern touch. They will not date and most can merge from day into evening. Tracy was awarded the 2018 winner for Excellence in Sustainability, both locally & at The NENW Regional Business Awards for and a 2017 state finalist at the NSW Business Chamber Awards.

“I hope that through my well cut and beautifully made garments, I can in some small way help women appreciate their own unique beauty.”

Dr Aldara de Silva Cesar, Assistant Professor of Agribusiness, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil
Aldara has a  BSc in Food Engineering from Federal University of Viçosa (Brazil) and  Master and Ph.D. degrees in Agroindustrial Production Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil). Dr Cesar is an Assistant Professor of the Agribusiness Engineering Department at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and is responsible for the Agroindustrial Systems’ Analysis Research Group (GASA), part of the faculty of the Postgraduate Program in Environmental Technology (PGTA) and Postgraduate Program in Business Administration (PPGA). Dr Cesar has been working with the Centre of Agribusiness, University of New England since April 2018 and researching the challenges of reducing/mitigating food waste, especially in relation to Australia and Brazil experiences. Dr Cesar’s research lines are related to the competitiveness analysis, value chains, local and sustainable development, social inclusion, waste management, bioenergy/biofuel food (in) security and food safety.

Craig Wilson, Program Leader Waste Management, Armidale Regional Council
Craig is a proven operator with broad experience in developing strategy and delivering practical outcomes and business improvements.
Craig has over 33 years’ experience in local government with a long involvement in the waste management sector.
He has worked in operational roles through to supervisory/management and executive service positions providing direct service delivery and project services.
Craig has delivered projects in waste management and resource recovery, including the development of strategic waste management plans, operating plans and procedures.
He has a background in administration and business management, and has extensive practical experience in the logistics of delivering waste services.


October 18, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Hugh Taylor


Charlies Last Stand
1/234 Beardy Street (corner Beardy + Jessie)
Armidale, NSW 2350 Australia
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