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Promoting regional trade and agribusiness development in the Pacific
2nd PACIFIC AGRIBUSINESS FORUM

LINKING THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR TO THE LOCAL MARKETS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND IMPROVED FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY

Organised by PIPSO, CTA, IFAD, SPC and SPTO

in Apia, Samoa, on 29 August - 1 September 2016

”We are small and under-resourced, but with true Pacific spirit and resilience we can all become gold medallists"

The 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum successfully concludes with strategies, proposed solutions and an action plan to revolutionise Pacific agribusinesses and the agritourism sector.

September 1, 2016

The last day of the Forum provided an opportunity for the finance sector to address the difficult and persistent issue of giving farmers and agribusiness access to finance.

Alberta Vitale: “We should be talking more to each other to share our experiences, knowledge and markets"

Interview with Alberta Vitale, Associate Director of Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), in Samoa.

August 31, 2016

The organisation is dedicated to strengthening village economies in Samoa in ways that honour indigenous tradition, use traditional and modern technology, and promote fair trade. WIBDI works with 187 villages and over 1,000 individual farming families in Samoa.

“The story of the food is the story of the people”

Deliberations and discussions continue at the 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum on food tourism, agritourism and agribusiness

August 31, 2016

Intensive sessions on 31 August 2016 explored examples in agritourism as well as the power of branding iconic products within the Vanuatu and Samoan contexts. Working group discussions paved the way for an actionable plan to be put together before the forum closes tomorrow afternoon.

“Food is the gateway into all cultures”

The 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum gets underway with sessions featuring trends, access and standards.

August 30, 2016

Blessed by a Reverend, opened by a Prime Minister and chaired by key players working together in the name of agribusiness success in the Pacific, the Forum got into the crux of the issues and opportunities for the agri-food sector, value-chain models for improved market access and compliance to quality standards of agri-products.

First up in Samoa: Women in agribusiness

The 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum begins with a focus on women as active agents and key implementors in all stages of the agri-chain

August 29, 2016

It was a full Samoan day well spent at the 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum. The Forum opened this morning with the launch of the Pacific Women in Agribusiness project, followed by sessions focusing on key areas of importance, challenges and opportunities for women in agribusiness across the Pacific. The day concluded with a tour of an organic farm in Malua and a live cooking class by celebrity chef Robert Oliver at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) kitchen.

August 28, 2016

Pacific cuisine is to feature as part of the forthcoming 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum, taking place from August 29 to September 1 in Apia, Samoa. A special Chefs Training Programme on "Pacific Contemporary Island Cuisine" will see renowned regional chefs Robert Oliver and Colin Chung provide training on innovative uses of Pacific ingredients and advocate in favour of greater consumption of local products.

August 11, 2016

Tourism to the Pacific is continuing to increase. To further promote trade, agribusiness and private sector development in the Pacific, a high-level forum will look at ways to source agricultural products from small-scale farmers, identify ways to build up links between the farmers and domestic markets, and increase nutritious and healthy food in Pacific diets.