This series of events builds on the work that started in September/October 2018, when seven representatives of Pacific Islands farmers/producers' organisations and government ministries working with farmers' organisations in Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga participated in the international course 'Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness - Optimising the performance of producers' organisations organised by WUR-CDI in the Netherlands. Following the training, pilots have been conducted to map priority value chains and a joint process has been adopted for the development of an encompassing prototype for upgrading priority local food crops and fisheries value chains with the aim to make a difference for thousands of Pacific family farms and communities. The objectives are to validate the process for inclusive business model development and build a network of strong farmers’ organisations for upgrading priority local food crops and fishery value chains in the Pacific Island States.
Organised producers as partners in Pacific agribusiness and value chain development
- Cross learning workshop (29 April - 2 May): The workshop will create an environment enabling participants to receive feedback to upgrade the prioritised value chains and update their business models and training delivery plans. The workshop will be finalised with action plans, concrete tools and training modules that will be regionally applied regarding value chain development and inclusive agri-business development. During the following mini-OPPO these will be transferred and discussed with an additional 33 regional leaders of farmer/producer organisations, agribusinesses and community organisations.
- Optimising the Performance of Producers' Organisations (OPPO) workshop (6 May - 7 May): The workshop targets 33 leaders of farmer and producer organisations, successful agribusinesses and value chain focused community organisations across seven Pacific Island countries, with the aim to acquaint them with the Optimising the Performance of Producers Organisations (OPPO) approach and to equip them with practical tools to further upgrade value chains and enhance agribusiness development on national level. The OPPO approach aims at strengthening the professionalisation of farmers’ and producers’ organisations by equipping participants with the right tools and approaches to improve their professional performance and agribusiness relations.
- PIFON & Innov4AgPacific workshop (8 May): This one-day workshop led by PIFON and the Innov4AgPacific project partners, will bring together farmer and producer organisations, agribusiness owners, community organisations, government representatives, financiers and development partners. The community of Pacific Islands farmers, agribusinesses civil society groups, is strengthened through a common and endorsed vision of the way forward in promoting agribusiness and nutrition-sensitive value chain development. A selected group of mini-OPPO participants will practice direct bank loan pitching to real financiers and get into direct dialogue about key issues being addressed. Opportunities for agrifinance and business development, financial inclusion, digitalisation and mobilising resources for agribusiness and nutrition-sensitive value chain development are shared and discussed.
Overall goals: 40 professionals of Pacific farmer and producer organisations, agribusinesses and community organisations have enhanced understanding and are willing to promote farmer-inclusive agribusiness development on national level; a network of producers/SMEs committed to transforming agri-business enterprise development in Pacific Island States.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.
Headquartered in Rome, Italy, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is a specialised agency of the United Nations dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. It was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided US$18.5 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached about 464 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialised United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub. In support of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), through its nominee AFRACA – The African Rural and Agriculture Credit Association, IFAD Co-Chairs the Finance Thematic Working Group and regularly participates in AGRF related sessions, workshops, programs related to the improvement of access to finance in Africa by smallholder farmers.
The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization (PIPSO) is the premier private sector representative body in the Pacific Islands region. It was set-up through the mandate of the Forum Economic Ministers in 2005 to be the representative body of the Pacific region’s private sector and to ensure dialogue between public and private sectors for strengthening regional policy making.
The Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) is intended to serve as an umbrella organisation for national Farmer Organisations (FOs), to coordinate capacity building, share success stories and the lessons learnt and support regional exchanges of expertise between FOs and their associated private sector partners. PIFON has been operating informally since 2008 and was formally registered in 2013 with 13 foundation members from 6 Pacific Island Countries. Membership of PIFON is open to any national or regional organisation established to promote the interest of farmers.