Pacific Community Agritourism Week

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Samoa Tourism at the Regional Agritourism Week 2015

Pacific Community Agritourism Week

July 26, 2015

The first agritourism forum in the Pacific region jointly coordinated by a number of regional and global organisations including CTA, SPTO, PIPSO and SPC was held on Denarau Island, Fiji from 29 June to 3 July 2015.

July 23, 2015

The Pacific Community Agritourism Week, which took place in Nadi, Fiji, from 29 June to 3 July, emphasised the importance of creating stronger links between the tourism and agriculture sectors. This is increasingly seen as a key requirement for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth in the small island states of the Pacific. At the heart of the week was a three-day Agribusiness Forum, which included representatives of farmers' organisations, research and development, policy makers and the private sector. It also featured a workshop led by New Zealand chef and author of Pacific recipe books Robert Oliver, along with other chefs from around the Pacific region. During the workshop, Oliver, CTA and partners from the region agreed to launch the Chefs for Development platform to share effective approaches for promoting local cuisine and produce.

July 15, 2015

Small-scale producers mixed with chefs and government officials networked with private sector representatives during an event organised by CTA, PIPSO and SPC  to promote agribusiness development in the Pacific region.

July 14, 2015

An event aimed at promoting links between agriculture and other productive sectors in the Pacific islands has resolved to set up a regional initiative to drive plans for developing agribusiness and agritourism. The Nadi Declaration, made at the close of the Agribusiness Forum: Linking the agrifood sector to the tourism-related markets, pledged to launch a Regional Agritourism Steering Group, whose first task is  to draw up a Pacific Work Plan for agritourism by September 1, 2015. The Forum, held in Fiji from July 1 to 3, was organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), together with the Pacific Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).