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1st ever Pacific Week of Agriculture ready to kick off in Port-Vila (#PWA2017)

Published in Vanuatu Info Online, October 15, 2017 by Jean-Baptiste Calo

October 18, 2017

“Everything is set for the Grand Official opening of the first ever Pacific Week of Agriculture in Port-Vila on October 16th, 2017, this regional event will rock Port-Vila”. A statement made on Friday by a confident coordinator of the 1st Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA2017), Howard Aru.

Vanuatu will be the first country in the Pacific region to host the first ever edition of this regional event.

Banners of the first PWA have been raised in different locations in Port-Vila and the people in Vanuatu have been informed during the past couple of months, weeks and days through various articles, reports and interviews in the traditional and in the social media concerning the preparations and the countdown towards the official opening of that regional event in Port-Vila.

The first ever Pacific Week of Agriculture will have a multi-faceted approach to Agriculture with the first part of the week from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th October highlighting Vanuatu's leadership at the national level on Agritourism initiatives in the Pacific.

The first three days will also be complemented by a number of partner-led side events in what is being referred to as the PWA Showcase and exhibitions.

The PWA2017 will culminate in two very important meetings for the sector – the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting hosted by the Pacific Community, and the Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting hosted jointly by the Pacific Community and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The idea of hosting a Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) was born out of the success of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA). This followed from discussions held at the 13th CWA in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Vanuatu drove this initiative and tabled the concept of a Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) at the 11th UN FAO South West Pacific Ministers of Agriculture Meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The idea received unanimous support and paved the way for a number of regional initiatives including the first Pacific Week of Agriculture in Nadi, Fiji in 2015.

 

Original article published in Vanuatu Info Online by by Jean-Baptiste Calo