Ms Diei has over twenty years of experience in post-harvest fisheries. She holds a veterinary doctorate, in the areas of hygiene and processing of food from animal origin.
She joined FAO in 1996 where she has been involved in activities relevant to reducing post-harvest losses and value chain efficiency, in particular through innovations in technological processes and improvements in hygienic practices.
Ms Diei was the coordinator in 2006-2008 of the regional programme in Africa which led to the establishment of the post-harvest loss assessment methodology in small-scale fisheries, then mainstreamed in the FAO approach to assessing losses across food commodities and subsequently designing policy, strategic and regulatory framework. She was also leading on the partnership and development process of the FAO-Thiaroye Fish processing Technique (FTT-Thiaroye), a flagship innovation in value chain upgrading.
Technologies, Policies and Institutions for a real game-changing in food loss and waste
The essential role of technology within the goods and services provision package for value chain development cannot be overstated. It is however unanimously acknowledged that for a technology to be adopted and up-scaled, it must have tangible benefits and it needs to be supported by sound policy and institutions. Incentives from the market combined with an environment that triggers and sustains the game changing practices among all actors-from the fisher to the consumer- are key in transforming the value chains.
The presentation showcases selected initiatives in small-scale fishing communities in developing countries, where 90% of small-scale fishers operate and 95% of their landings supply the domestic consumption and contribute to cross-border trade. It reviews some arenas of strong interface between these three pillars-Technologies, Policies, Institutions- and draw lessons from interventions that deserve attention for viable value chains and sustainable livelihoods in this sub-sector of particular importance.