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Alliances for action: resilience and sustainability

Building consensus among a wide range of players will play a critical role in shaping sustainable solutions for Pacific problems, and ensuring a sense of ownership for new policies and strategies. That is the message from a side event to the Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA), "Building resilience in Pacific agri-food/nutritious systems: Towards regional alliances for action".

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The second Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) explorse how dynamic partnerships can help to address some of the major challenges facing the agri-food sector in small island states in the region. Being held in Apia, Samoa from 30 September to 4 October 2019, the theme of PWA 2019 is "Enhanced partnerships for sustainable agriculture and forestry systems in the Pacific". The event follows the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture held in Vanuatu in October 2017.

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Hunger is on the rise again even though there is enough food to feed the world. According to the UN, over 800 million are currently going hungry as a result of conflict, drought and disasters linked to climate change. Eliminating hunger and all forms of malnutrition is about more than just increasing food production; it encompasses the need to improve the quality and nutritional value of food, raise incomes and strengthen food systems to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food.

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN in 2050, signal a comprehensive and transformative agenda for sustainable development. In February 2019, the Brussels Briefing 54 – organised by CTA, the European Commission (DEVCO), the ACP Secretariat and Concord – brought together speakers and participants, from a range of sectors and organisations, to discuss progress towards SDG2 and what needs to be done to ensure this goal is achieved by 2030.

Impact Stories

Promoting agritourism in Barbados

Like many Caribbean nations, Barbados faces two distinct crises. On the one hand, the island now imports almost 90% of the food consumed. On the other, levels of obesity and associated diseases have risen, largely because people are eating processed products and calorie-dense foods, most of which are imported. Agritourism, which links farmers and agribusinesses to the tourist market, could play a significant role in tackling both these problems and CTA is working closely with local partners to encourage the growth of the local food market.

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Press release

Pacific stakeholders call on Ministers for action to transform agriculture and improve nutrition

Apia, Samoa, 30 October 2019. Pacific stakeholders have called on Ministers for policy action at national and regional levels to improve nutrition and incomes, increase access to finance and insurance, and transform agricultural systems. The calls were made in a communiqué issued at the 2nd Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA), held in Apia, Samoa from 30 September to 4 October.

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ICT Update

Healthy choices

Increasing the open access to nutrition and food data for ICT developers has resulted in a surge in applications for a healthier food intake and better fitness.

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Spore

Adding nutritional value to Kenyan crops

Farmers in Kenya are supplying a local agri-processing company with millet, groundnuts and honey to produce nutritious snacks and strengthen local value chains.

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A private processing company in Rwanda is working with thousands of farmers to train them in the production of fortified crops for processing into nutritious products. Their partnership is increasing profits for local smallholders as well as helping to combat Rwanda’s high levels of malnutrition.

Publications

Nouvelles approches d’intervention pour la sécurité alimentaire en Afrique subsaharienne

Cette nouvelle série d’histoires illustre de nombreuses et très intéressantes innovations appliquées en Afrique de l'Ouest, qui aident les producteurs à transformer et vendre leurs produits de manière plus efficace et utile. Vous trouverez des descriptions d’innovations agricoles dans plusieurs filières comme le fonio, niébé ou mil vitales pour la sécurité alimentaire de la région, des services de conseil agricole et divers modes de financement oeuvrant pour une résilience accrue des populations agricoles.

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Pacific Island countries suffer from alarming rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and are consistently ranked as the most obese and diabetic in the world. At the centre of this NCD crisis is the underlying problem of consumption of processed imported foods; high in fat, salt and sugar, displacing nutritious local produce; crops and fish from the daily meals of Pacific people.

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This report summarises results of a rapid country scan on the agriculture-nutrition nexus in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). Research included a desk review of accessible policies, programmes and other documents, published and unpublished, as well as a field mission to RMI from 11 to 30 December 2017. The mission allowed additional quantitative and qualitative data gathering with interviews, site visits and a small seminar to debrief interviews, present preliminary findings and discuss potential follow-up with some stakeholders.

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A rapid scan on the agriculture and nutrition situation in Vanuatu was undertaken in 2017 to build the evidence base for strengthening the linkage between two important sectors – agriculture and health, for improved food and nutrition outcomes. The food and nutrition situation in Vanuatu has changed over the years as dietary patterns and lifestyles transitioned from a dependence on mostly subsistence living to a more urbanised western lifestyle.

Events


  • Oct 9

    Workshop

    Caribbean regional agritourism policy setting workshop: Improved linkages between agriculture, trade, tourism

    The regional agritourism forum will update on the progress of the work from various Caribbean countries, take stock of lessons learned from national agritourism workshops and the implementation of actions after the workshops. It will also explore and discuss successful agritourism framework models in local, regional and tourism-related markets. It will consider the key drivers of change for the…
    Location:
    Bridgetown, Barbados

  • Sep 30

    Conference

    Pacific Week of Agriculture

    Samoa hosts the 2nd Biennial Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) from the 30th September to 4th October 2019 in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).Two key regional agriculture forums take place within the PWA at the Samoa Conference Center, Apia:…
    Location:
    Apia, Samoa

  • Sep 17

    Workshop

    Agritourism policy setting workshop Grenada

    The goals and objectives of the workshop are to:Promote sustainable use of local food by the tourism industry through strengthened inter-sectoral policies.Promote linkages between the agri-fo…
    Location:
    St George's, Grenada

  • Sep 11

    Briefing

    Brussels Briefing 57: "Smallholder agriculture: key to food security/nutrition and sustainable food systems"

    The Brussels Briefing 57 on "Smallholder agriculture: key to food security/nutrition and sustainable food systems", organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, discusses smallholder agriculture and its key role in delivering food security/nutrition, and sustainable food systems, as recognised in SDG 2.Examples of successes from smallholders in various sectors and value c…
    Location:
    Georges Henrilaan 451, 1200 Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe, Belgium