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Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific

PWA 2017 - Tuesday, 17th October 2017 (PM) & Wednesday, 18th October 2017 (AM)

October 14, 2017

This interactive PWA side event will be used to build the foundation for fostering shared commitment among actors to joint actions that enhance VC performance and provide sustainable income and growth opportunities for farmers and other value chain actors in the Pacific. More specifically mechanisms for improving coordination and spurring innovation in policy and practice for upgrading Pacific priority value chains will be explored.

Priority Value Chain Coordination/Agricultural Innovation Platforms

CTA with matching funding from IFAD and in collaboration with PIPSO is implementing the Project "Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands with a focus on Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu". The goal is to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island Governments, farmer and private sector organizations, and sub-regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilize financing, that can increase poor rural people's access to nutritious and healthy food. An essential component of the project is the establishment and operationalization of the value chain coordinating/ agricultural innovation (VCC/ AI) platform to facilitate networking, knowledge exchange and interactive learning among actors to enhance value chain performance.

In 2017, within the framework of the project, a study was commissioned to analyse priority 'nutrition sensitive' value chains in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, map the actors and identify the constraints and opportunities, taking into consideration the perspectives of farmers. This study was complemented by the documentation of lessons learned from targeted VC analysis training of farmers and other value chain actors throughout the Pacific. In addition, the online value chain coordinating/ agricultural innovation (VCC/AI) platform was designed and developed and is ready to be tested. The virtual platform will be supported by face-to-face capacity building and networking sessions; nationally and regionally.

This interactive PWA side event will be used to build the foundation for fostering shared commitment among actors to joint actions that enhance VC performance and provide sustainable income and growth opportunities for farmers and other value chain actors in the Pacific. More specifically mechanisms for improving coordination and spurring innovation in policy and practice for upgrading Pacific priority value chains will be explored. Delegates will discuss the results and lessons learned from VC studies, identify capacity needs of key stakeholders, reflect on the principles, processes for strengthening collaboration and building trust among VC actors, as well as pilot-test, and evaluate the VCC/AI online platform. The outcomes will be used to: address any functional deficiencies and finalise the principles and process for operationalising the VCC/AI platform and design the capacity development programme to support the process.

 

Programme

Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific: Priority Value Chain Coordination/Agricultural Innovation Platforms 
Melanesian Hotel, Port Vila, Vanuatu 
Room: The Melanesian 
Tuesday, 17th October 2017 (PM) & Wednesday, 18th October 2017 (AM)   

Day 1

 17th October, 14:00 – 18:00 

13:30 – 14:00  Light Lunch 
14:00 - 14:15  Registration 
14:15 - 14:30  Remarks 
Chair - Michael Hailu, Director CTA, The Netherlands 
Ron Hartman IFAD Country Director Indonesia and the Pacific
Alisi Tuqa, Chief Executive Officer (Ag), PIPSO, Fiji 
14:30 - 14:45  Opening Address 
Pacific Value Chain Development: A Priority for the European Commission - Perspectives and Opportunities - Patrick Polacsek, EU Delegation, Fiji
14:45 - 15:00  Discussion 
15:00 - 15:15  Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific – Overview of the CTA/ IFAD/ PIPSO Project and Principles of the VCC/AI Platform - Judith Ann Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy & Project Leader, CTA, The Netherlands
15:20 - 15:30  Discussion 
15:30 - 15:50  Priority ‘Nutrition Sensitive’ Value Chains in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu – Constraints and Opportunities
Lavinia Kaumaitotoya, Programme Manager, Pacific Islands Farmers Organisation (PIFON) 
  Andrew McGregor, Value Chain Consultant and Agricultural Economist, Fiji 
   

Day 1

17th October, 14:00 – 18:00 

15:50 - 16:00  Discussion 
16:00 - 16:30  Coffee Break 
16:30 - 16:45  PIFON Video – ‘Value Chain Training and Lessons Learned’ - Kyle Stice, Manager, PIFON, Fiji
16:45 - 17:00  Launch of the Online VCC/ AI Platform - Pier Andrea Pirani, Consultant, Malaysia
17:00 - 17:30  Learning from IFAD Projects in Fiji and Solomon Islands and Building Synergies
Tevita Ravumaidama, Project Manager Partnership in High-Value Agriculture Project(PHVA), Fiji 
Mark Johnston, Project Component Manager, Rural Development Programme, Solomon Islands 
Soane Patolo, Project Manager, Tonga Rural Innovation Project (TRIP), Tonga 
17:30 - 17:45  Discussion 
17:45 - 18:00  Closing remarks – PIPSO, IFAD, CTA 
   

Day 2 

18th October: 8:30 – 14:00 

8:30 - 8:45  Recap of Day 1 & Principles and Processes for Operationalizing the VCC/AI Platform - Judith Ann Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy, CTA, The Netherlands
8:45 - 9:00  Discussion 
9:00 - 12:30  Working Group Sessions – Capacity Development Needs Assessment
Co-Facilitators: Peter Walton and Pier Andrea, Consultants 
9:00 - 10:00  Session 1: Online VCC/AI Platform 
Exploring Platform Functionalities 
10:00 - 10:30  Coffee Break 
10:30 - 12:00  Session 2: Value Chain Development and Coordination and Training Needs 
Establishing Functional and Effective VCC/AI National and Regional Nodes 
12:00 - 12:30  Feedback and Wrap-up 
12:30 - 14:00  Lunch