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Oct 16

Regional Agro-tourism Challenge Workshop: Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific

Regional Agro-tourism Challenge Workshop: Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific

Event Overview

This interactive PWA side event will be used to build the foundation for fostering shared commitment among actors to joint actions that enhance VC performance and provide sustainable income and growth opportunities for farmers and other value chain actors in the Pacific. More specifically mechanisms for improving coordination and spurring innovation in policy and practice for upgrading Pacific priority value chains will be explored.

Priority Value Chain Coordination/Agricultural Innovation Platforms

CTA with matching funding from IFAD and in collaboration with PIPSO is implementing the Project "Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands with a focus on Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu". The goal is to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island Governments, farmer and private sector organizations, and sub-regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilize financing, that can increase poor rural people's access to nutritious and healthy food. An essential component of the project is the establishment and operationalization of the value chain coordinating/ agricultural innovation (VCC/ AI) platform to facilitate networking, knowledge exchange and interactive learning among actors to enhance value chain performance.

In 2017, within the framework of the project, a study was commissioned to analyse priority 'nutrition sensitive' value chains in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, map the actors and identify the constraints and opportunities, taking into consideration the perspectives of farmers. This study was complemented by the documentation of lessons learned from targeted VC analysis training of farmers and other value chain actors throughout the Pacific. In addition, the online value chain coordinating/ agricultural innovation (VCC/AI) platform was designed and developed and is ready to be tested. The virtual platform will be supported by face-to-face capacity building and networking sessions; nationally and regionally.

This interactive PWA side event will be used to build the foundation for fostering shared commitment among actors to joint actions that enhance VC performance and provide sustainable income and growth opportunities for farmers and other value chain actors in the Pacific. More specifically mechanisms for improving coordination and spurring innovation in policy and practice for upgrading Pacific priority value chains will be explored. Delegates will discuss the results and lessons learned from VC studies, identify capacity needs of key stakeholders, reflect on the principles, processes for strengthening collaboration and building trust among VC actors, as well as pilot-test, and evaluate the VCC/AI online platform. The outcomes will be used to: address any functional deficiencies and finalise the principles and process for operationalising the VCC/AI platform and design the capacity development programme to support the process.

Port Vila, Vanuatu
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Organisers

  • IFAD

    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.

  • PIPSO

    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.

  • 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.

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