Dr. Mariano Mapili is an Associate Professor in Agriculture Biogeography at the School of Land Use and Environmental Change, in the University of the Fraser Valley. His experience in the Philippines includes being Assistant Director for Extension and Training, in-charge of a project on BIDANI (Barangay Integrated Development Action for Nutrition Improvement), where the relationship of food insecurity and community development was front and centre. As an immigrant to Canada, he has first-hand experience on how the immigrant community impact food security. Dr. Mapili is spear-heading a research project on improving food security in the Fraser Valley through crop diversification using tropical agriculture in Fraser Valley community gardens. The project is in collaboration with three agricultural universities in the Philippines, a project that brings his agriculture biogeography and food security together.