The Inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture: Towards a common vision for the repositioning of agriculture and the enhancement of rural livelihoods.
Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Rt Hon Joe NATUMAN announced the partnership with CTA, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in co-hosting the Pacific Week of Agriculture which will take place for the first time in 2015. This will be a key event in the agriculture calendar of the region and aims to raise awareness of opportunities to boost the contribution of agriculture to Pacific island economies.
Moreover it will allow key decision-makers in the public and private sectors to better acknowledge the importance of agriculture and rural life as regional priorities to the economic, social and environmental development.
Building resilience and strengthening climate-change adaptation for fishers and farmers in the Pacific region
Long-term effects of climate change threaten the existence of many people in the Pacific. Recently, research has highlighted the extreme vulnerability of fisherfolk and farmers of this region to climate change impacts such as rising sea-levels, ocean acidification, and increased temperatures.
CTA and the CGIAR Consortium are partnering to initiate research and development (R&D) programmes to build resilience and strengthen adaptation to climate change and existing South–South exchange mechanisms. Funding will be provided by the CGIAR Fund, the New Zealand Aid Programme and the European Union.
Building economic and trade resilience for entrepreneurs and strengthening agribusiness development in the Pacific
Many Pacific countries have a narrow agricultural production base and are particularly vulnerable to external shocks. This results in high levels of food imports, lack of agricultural investment and weak producers’ and exporters’ organisations.
To move from this position of vulnerability and dependence to one of resilience, the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and CTA concluded a new partnership to strengthen the agri-food systems and support agribusiness development in the region.
This partnership will start in 2015 with a five year programme that will address strategic areas supporting the Pacific agri-food sector, including policies, value-chain development, ICTs and knowledge management.
Since 1999, CTA has been a main technical and financial partner in supporting the Caribbean and the Pacific region in the areas related to policies, value-chain development, climate change, ICTs and agritourism.
Proud of this new energy and focus on partnerships and south-south cooperation, Michael Hailu, Director of CTA stated: “It’s an important milestone that allows us to recognise the contribution of our numerous national, regional and international partners. By working together, we’ve given agricultural and rural communities across African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries the vital skills they need for improving agricultural productivity, sustainability and access to markets.”
Partnerships are crucial to achieving outcomes and innovative agriculture sector which is essential to create economic growth, enhance competitiveness and generate employment that underpin sustainable livelihoods.
These announcements have been also covered by the Pacific press.