Dr Khatiwada is an agriculturist with expertise in horticulture production, postharvest management, value chain development, market linkage and food safety/quality assurance. He obtained his PhD from Australia in non-destructive detection of internal defects in fruit using near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) under postharvest quality management of fruit and worked as post-doctoral scholar at the University of California Davis (UC Davis) on SmartFresh technology and non-destructive quality assessment of fruit. With more than 18 years of combined experience of working with charity and development organizations including World Vision, ActionAid, and FAO/UN, in research, academics and community development portfolios, Dr. Khatiwada is currently working for an agriculture-based business based in Brisbane Markets, Australia overseeing the quality assurance and logistics management of fresh fruit and vegetables. Dr. Khatiwada has published more than a dozen publications including journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters. His passion is to write for farming communities in their language and to share relevant technical and advocacy issues to help promote sustainable livelihood, local resource mobilization and revitalizing the local food system combating climate change and food miles.