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The building blocks for better value chains

The UN reports that around 50% of crop value vanishes between harvesting and the point of sale. AgUnity – an Australian agri-tech start-up established in 2016 – aims to address this issue with the help of blockchain technology.

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A dynamic future for young agripreneurs

Among the numerous topics addressed during the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture in Port Vila, Vanuatu from October 16-20, the place of young people into agribusiness ventures has caught a lot of attention. A concrete way to bring new incomes in Pacific Island states and to fight youth unemployment and rural exodus.

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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. 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.

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"Since we revamped the website, partners have been coming through to us", Alisi Tuqa, PIPSO’s acting CEO

Blending tradition with innovation to boost rural incomes

Rural households in Samoa are being connected to income streams by adding value to local products and marketing via the Internet. Adimaimalaga Tafunai, Executive Director of Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), explains how linking indigenous traditions to ICT tools is helping to improve smallholder livelihoods and stem the rural exodus.

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Pacific youth share lessons on climate-resilience

Over the last two years, CTA’s Youth leading learning in climate-resilient value chains in the Pacific (YLLP) project has supported a variety of activities aimed at improving livelihood opportunities for young farmers by training them on using ICTs to promote organic farming practices.

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Solomon Islands embarks on an agritourism policy

The Solomon Islands held a 'Policy Setting Workshop', organised by the government of the Solomon Islands, CTA, the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Pacific Community (SPC), in Honiara, 21-22 November, to establish the main elements for a national agritourism policy. Over 40 representatives discussed the opportunities for linkages between the agriculture, tourism and trade sectors.

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Agritourism: Pairing opportunity with development

A two-day workshop is being organised by the Government of the Solomon Islands in partnership with CTA, the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Pacific Community (SPC). All key stakeholders in the agriculture, tourism, trade and health sectors will be brought together with the aim of developing and supporting local businesses in serving tourism-related markets in the Solomon Islands.

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The Pacific Week of Agriculture - building South-South cooperation

The inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) will be held during 16-20 October in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Hosted by the Government of Vanuatu, the event will explore strategies for boosting the agri-food sector, whilst increasing production of healthy food for local consumption and supplying the tourism market.

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Expect an action plan with regional solutions

The 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum in Apia, Samoa, from 29 August to 1 September, organised by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and supported by key regional partners, has not only identified pressing challenges but also opportunities and solutions for the development and strengthening of partnerships and linkages among the agriculture, agritourism, health, education and finance sectors.

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Farming and agribusiness

Nadi, Fiji – Some of the best regional agribusiness success stories are on show at the Agribusiness Forum taking place at the Pacific Community Agritourism Week in Nadi, Fiji. The Agribusiness Forum is organised by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), with the support of the European Union.

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Promoting agribusiness development in the Pacific

A three-day event being staged in Fiji by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Pacific Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) aims to explore opportunities for increasing rural revenues and improving local health by promoting agribusiness linked to the tourism sector.

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The Agribusiness Forum - a Pacific pledge to harness agritourism for rural development

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 1 September 2015.

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The value of data in connecting farmers to the marketplace in Samoa

CTA has recently interviewed Marissa Areli, Senior Data Officer at Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI). WIBDI is dedicated to strengthening Samoan village economies and promote fair trade. Marissa Areli joined WIBDI in July 2015. Her work involves transferring farmer information, such as type of production, income status and village name into online reports, to help connect farmers to the market and tourists to the farmers.

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Iese Mataia / Samoa: Building a bright future in farming

Iese Mataia, 24, from Vaitele, Samoa, had always planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a carpenter. He was working with a construction company when he heard about the Organic Warriors Academy programme launched by CTA partner Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI) to encourage young people to return to the land. It was a decision that was to change his life.

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Technical and scientific articles

Counting coconuts with drones

On the Pacific islands of Samoa drone technology is used in a coconut tree survey to forecast more accurately yield and production of virgin coconut oil.

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Background articles

Agritourism - a driver for rural incomes in Pacific island states

The full potential for agritourism – a combined strategy linking agriculture and tourism – has yet to be tapped in many Pacific countries, according to speakers at a workshop organised during the Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA). Strong growth in tourism offers valuable opportunities for the local industries and rural communities in Pacific Small Island Developing States.

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A shared journey of learning at the Pacific Week of Agriculture

The first Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) opened on 16 Oct 2017 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Taking the theme CROPS – Culture, Resilience, Opportunities, Products, Sustainability - PWA sets out to foster dialogue and commitment for realising the potential of agriculture in a region that is facing a number of economic, social and environmental challenges.

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Policies and Partnerships for Nutritious Food Systems in Fiji

CTA and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO), in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) held a national workshop in Suva Fiji on 28-29 June on 'Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands' within the framework of the ongoing CTA/IFAD/PIPSO project .

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  • Jan 15

    Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting agritourism

    As part of CTA, IFAD, SPTO, PIPSO and Pacific Community support to strengthen linkages between agriculture, tourism and trade and encouraging local sourcing of food by the tourism industry,  a workshop on Policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture and tourism: Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting agritourism is organised in Kiribati.…
    Tarawa, Kiribati