Pacific food systems and data Talanoa


SPC's Pacific Data Community of Practice presents Pacific Food Systems and data on July 27, 2pm (Fiji time).

Join our panel of experts for a talanoa on Pacific Food Systems, how they are impacted by COVID-19 and the role of data and statistics in developing better policies for sustainable and resilient food systems.


  • Karen Mapusua: Karen is the Director of the Land Resources Division(LRD) of the Pacific Community, Suva, Fiji. She working to develop an integrated programme to strengthen Pacific food systems for improved health, nutrition and resilience outcomes and has been active promoting the economic empowerment of women through agricultural value chains. Karen has experience in NGO capacity building and management and has worked in rural development in the Pacific Region for 20 years with a focus on organic agriculture as a path to social and economic development, She is Vice President of the IFOAM Organics International and previously served on the Board of Directors of Fairtrade Australia New Zealand.


  • Dr. Tom Brewer: Dr. Brewer is a quantitative social scientist who has been working in the Pacific region for over a decade. Most of his work has been based in Solomon Islands focused on coastal fisheries livelihoods, including local-level management and conservation. In this work he has used national datasets such as Census and Village Resource Surveys to understand patterns of resource use at national scales. Tom is currently focused on developing and curating a database on International trade of food and beverages for the Pacific Region with a focus on the effects of food trade on food security and nutrition. This work is being conducted through a collaboration between University of Wollongong, University of Sydney and the Pacific Community (SPC), as part of a larger food systems project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research. His published work can be found here.
  • Anare Motokula: Aanare is highly skilled in the area of GIS and specifically for Disaster Risk reduction also focussing on remote sensing to survey implementation and analysis. Has a passion for capacity building and has facilitated a number of disaster preparedness trainings for Pacific governments specifically looking at data workflows from the sudden onset of natural disasters. More recently is a Vulnerability, Analysis and Mapping officer (VAM) with WFP and works on the Pacific mVAM platform and rolling it out to the Pacific island countries of which it is currently in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati.
  • Michael Sharp: Mike is an Economic Statistics and Microdata Specialist working for the Statistics for Development Division of the Pacific Community (SPC). His primary role is to support the Pacific Island Countries and Territories to collect and compile census and survey microdata and to accelerate statistical capacity development and innovation in the Pacific region. Mike is the coordinator of the Pacific Statistics Methods Board and he is leading SPC implemented projects on statistical capacity development and innovation in relation to poverty statistics, technology and capacity enhancement of national population and housing censuses, and food systems. Mike is a PhD candidate with research interest in food system outcomes of poverty, malnutrition and food security.


Zoom link available here.

Recording (with the integrated audio transcript) of the Talanoa available here (Passcode: 9j$udWT%).

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