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Dec 3

Transforming nutrition-sensitive value chain development in the Pacific Islands

Transforming nutrition-sensitive value chain development in the Pacific Islands

Event Overview

In the framework of the project ‘Promoting nutritious food systems in the Pacific Islands’, CTA in collaboration with IFAD and the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), organises a 4-day event with three workshops:

  • 'Pacific AgriHack lab – ICTs from farm to table' (3–5 December) 
  • ‘Tonga national roundtable - Developing local food crops and fisheries value chains: a national action plan’ (4-6 December)
  • ‘Innov4AgPacific learning journey - Accelerating transformative change in nutrition sensitive value chains in Pacific Island states’ (2-6 December).

The three workshops kick-off with an official opening ceremony and catalyst speeches in digital financial services, NCD policy, women in ICT and climate change resilience, that aim to tackle the most pressing question: “How can we effectively transform nutrition-sensitive local food crops and fisheries value chains for increased incomes and improved health outcomes of Pacific island communities?” 

The event brings together representatives of producer/farmer/exporter/community-based organisations, small and medium-sized enterprises, digital technology experts and start-ups, financial institutions and government ministries in the fields of finance, nutrition, ICT the private sector and community projects, with the ultimate goal to strengthen the capacity for change to innovate and effectively engage in nutrition-sensitive value chain development from a multi-stakeholder public-private-producer angle.

The Pacific Agrihack lab event is the climax of a competition to identify and further develop existing or new ICT applications for agriculture and agri-business/value chain development in the Pacific. Training sessions will be held that focus on the facilitation of access to finance, investment, improved business and technical opportunities including IPR considerations.

Organisers

  • 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.

  • 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.

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