The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.
Jun 29

Pacific Community Agritourism Week

Pacific Community Agritourism Week

Event Overview

The first-ever Pacific Community Agritourism Week will be held from 29 June to 3 July at Sofitel, Denarau, Nadi, Fiji. Farmers, chefs, government officials, national, regional and private sector representatives are expected to attend. The Pacific Community Agritourism Week is a joint collaborative effort of the European Union funded Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the European Union funded Pacific Regional Capacity Building Programme implemented by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) as well as the School of Tourism & Hospitality Management, University of the South Pacific (USP). The week's objective is exploring an innovative way to reduce poverty through linking smallholder agriculture to the tourism industry. This goal is consistent with the European Union Year of Development theme "Sustainable growth, decent jobs and businesses" and the Small Island Developing States policies on improving economic growth and inclusive development. The joint collaboration is a push to include more local produce onto dinner tables of hotel restaurants, and connecting farmers directly with hoteliers to reduce misunderstanding in terms of supply and demand of local vegetables and crops. Activities planned for the week focuses on sharing knowledge and experiences through workshops and technical exchanges for farmers, private sector agripreneurs and practical culinary training for small medium enterprises (SME) hotel chefs and culinary trainers of catering institutions. Celebrity chefs Shalesh Naidu, Colin Chung and Robert Oliver, will be advocating to local hotel chefs the merits of using local ingredients in hotel menus; and emphasise to farmers the chefs own expectations on quality standards and the required quantity. In addition, CTA, in collaboration with SPC is supporting a team of young social reporters to attend and report on the event throughout the week. The objective of social media reporters is to raise awareness on the event, engage on-site participants and reach out to a wider audience remotely. CTA and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) are other strategic partners, providing technical and business perspective to the events. The week will also coincide with a six-monthly meeting of the PAPP Steering Committee consisting representatives of 14 Pacific ACP countries and Timor-Leste. CTA, PIPSO and SPC will be conducting an Agribusiness Forum from 1 - 3 July to explore opportunities for the Pacific on agritourism and sharing experiences with colleagues from the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, as part of the expanded Intra ACP Agricultural Policy Programme.

Nadi, Fiji
Location:

Speakers

Attendees

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  • Addison, Chris

    Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

    Netherlands

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  • Rutten, Lamon

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  • Vilvil Fare, Samson

Organisers

  • SPTO

  • USP

  • SPC

    The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947. We are an international development organisation owned and governed by our 26 country and territory members. Much of our focus is on major cross-cutting issues, such as climate change, disaster risk management, food security, gender equality, human rights, non-communicable diseases and youth employment. Using a multi-sector approach in responding to our members’ development priorities, we draw upon skills and capabilities from around the region and internationally, and support the empowerment of Pacific communities and sharing of expertise and skills between countries and territories.

  • CTA

    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.

  • SPTO

  • USP