Dr. Fermin D. Adriano, Undersecretary of Policy, Planning and Research at the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines. He served as Information Director of the UP System, Vice-Chancellor of UP Los Banos, and was affiliated with the Manila Chronicle. He writes a weekly column for Manila Times and published books and articles on rural development, agriculture, and agrarian reform. He was policy adviser to successive administrations in agriculture matters. He serves as member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute, Human Security Advocates, NEURON Comm group and Madre de Amor Hospice. He has an AB Journalism degree from UP, two masters’ degrees and a PhD.
|Transforming Hawai'i's Food system is one of the efforts of Dr. Susan Mercado, Director, Food Systems and Resiliency at the Hawai'i Public Health Institute. She joins a zoom meeting this Friday on the effect of the Ukraine War on food distribution in Hawai'iand the Philippines. See https://transforminghawaiifoodsystem.org/about/|
Dexter Kishida, Food Security and Sustainability Program Manager, City & County of Honolulu. As Honolulu’s Food Security and Sustainability program manager in the Office of Economic Revitalization, his mission is to connect communities to high quality locally produced food that connects them to Hawai’i. For the past eight years he has worked for the Department of Education's School Food Services Branch most recently as farm to school coordinator. Seeing the economic, social and health benefits of eating closest to the source, much of his work includes supply chain development and increasing access to locally grown and raised food for Hawai’i communities.
James Rarick, who is on Board of Directors of Moloka'i Community Health Center. He has worked for more than 30 years around the Pacific and in Asia as a public health nutritionist, and as program manager for variety of non-communicable disease prevention and control programs. He works as public health consultant with MonEval International and serves as a Co-Chair for the Hawai'i Opioid Initiative’s Work Group on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral Treatment for Tobacco, Alcohol and Substance Use. He served for two years (2020 and 2021) as a Board Member for the Hawai'i Primary Care Association and is an avid backyard gardener.
Visit the 'Ulu Cooperative facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/hawaiiulucoop/ for a video on Kalehe's visit and also a list and explanation of seven bills before the Hawai'i Legislature supported by the 'Ulu Cooperative, with links to give testimony.
KA'U RURAL COMMUNITIES WANTING BETTER INTERNET CONNECTIVITY can apply through USDA's ReConnect Program for funding. USDA has announced it has extended the deadline to March 9.