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Sep 30

Pacific Week of Agriculture

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Pacific Week of Agriculture

Event Overview

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:

  1. Special Session of the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS), organised by the SPC.
  2. Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting (MOAF), jointly organised by FAO and SPC.

CTA and partners, through its ‘Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands’ project organises a series of side-events during the PWA.

  • On 1 October 2019, CTA together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Samoa, hosts the ‘Building Resilience in Pacific Agri-Food / Nutritious Systems: Towards Regional Alliances for Action’ side-event. The event aims to strengthen multi-stakeholder alliances and mobilise multi-donor support for implementing joint actions that foster nutrition-sensitive local food crop and fisheries value chain development for better incomes and nutrition outcomes in Pacific Island States.
  • On 2 October 2019, CTA, together with the Development Bank of Samoa, hosts the  ‘Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Pacific Agribusiness and Value Chain Development ‘ event. This PWA side event takes stock of innovative financial instruments that support Pacific farmers/fishers/agripreneurs to grow their business to chart a way forward for improving the enabling environment for increasing access to financing in support of local food crops and fisheries value chain development.
  • On 3 October, IFAD, together with CTA, hosts the  ‘Enhancing Public-Private-Producer Partnerships in the Pacific: Experiences and Opportunities ‘. The aim of the event is to explore new facilities and the opportunities they provide for fostering public-private-producer- partnerships in support of agri-business development and market growth; domestic and export. The aim is also to agree on strategies for upscaling good practices to sustainably increase youth employment, farmer incomes and rural livelihoods and improve nutrition outcomes in the Pacific Island States.
  • On 30 September, 1 and 4 September 2019, the ‘Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands’ project hosts regional writeshops with its involved partners to foster joint learning and partnerships across the various project interventions, organisations and countries to facilitate the design of integrated strategies and business plans that can be used to attract financing for upscaling interventions for sustaining successful initiatives in seven Pacific countries (Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Marshall Islands and Kiribati).

Speakers

Organisers

  • Government of Samoa

  • FAO

    Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO's three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

  • 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.