Linking agriculture to tourism markets in Pacific

June 30, 2015



Denarau Island, Fiji, 1-3 July 2015

Webstreaming : you can watch a live recording of this Briefing here.

This Forum is linked to the Brussels Briefings organized by CTA, the European Commission, the ACP Group and Concord on key issues related to ARD in ACP countries. It will also bring some experiences from the Caribbean through the Intra ACP Agricultural Policy Programme. The Forum is organised by CTA, PIPSO and SPC and will be held at the Hotel Sofitel Denarau Island, Fiji, 1-3 July 2015.

Linking agriculture to tourism markets in Pacific

While highly diversified, Pacific Island Countries (PICs) share common challenges that impede their efforts to achieve balanced economic growth and sustainable food security. Major constraints comprise small size, geographic dispersion, vulnerability to natural hazards and vulnerability to external economic conditions. The Pacific Region is facing many region-wide challenges, including the impact of climate change, a pressing need to generate livelihoods and populations that are more and more consuming imported, highly refined foods, accompanied by decreased local food production and consumption. The consequences are an imminent public health crisis and risks for environmental collapse. (FAO, 2009).

The two productive sectors agriculture and tourism seem to offer the best opportunities for inclusive economic growth in several Pacific Island Countries and therefore the promotion of linkages between tourism and agriculture should help create economic opportunities; build resilience in rural communities; and improve sustainable development in both sectors. In spite of the fact that agriculture remains for most countries in the region the main source of livelihood for the majority of the population, its contribution to economic value added has generally declined over the last decade, whereas the tourism sector has seen significant growth. It has become the “life blood” for several of the small island fragile economies.

The agribusiness forum in Fiji will highlight successes in strengthening links between agriculture and tourism industries in the Pacific region.

About the Pacific Agribusiness Forum

The Agribusiness Forum is an annual initiative launched at the UN SIDS Conference held in Samoa in September 2014 by CTA and the Pacific Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO). The first 2015 edition is organized with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) within the inaugural  Pacific Community Agritourism Week. The Intra-ACP Policy Agricultural programme is funding 13 experts from the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean.

Logos for Fiji Forum 2015

Background Note and Programme

Photos (coming soon)

Highlights  (coming soon)

Biodata of Speakers (coming soon)


Additional materials:

BB. 37 Reader – Building resilience of SIDS through agricultural trade and agribusiness development

Capacity4Dev: Blog – Building Resilience of Small Island Economies

Pacific Agribusiness Forum News

Wednesday 1st July 2015 

Chair: Mereia Volavola, Chief Executive Officer , PIPSO

Opening remarks: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA; Inoke Ratukalou, Director of the Land Resources Division, SPC; Renato Mele, Head of Operations, Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific; Klaus Stunzner, Chairman of PIPSO

Formal opening: Honourable Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development & National Disaster Management, Ministry of Agriculture

What role for the agrifood private sector in the ACP-EU relations and 11th EDF?

H.E. Roy Mickey Joy, Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors and Ambassador of Vanuatu to the EU

Session 1 : Opportunities for the Pacific agrifood sector in tourism-related markets

This session will give an overview of the major trends in regional trade and the main tourism-related markets through the various perspectives of research, industry, government, finance


– Developing tourism-market opportunities for Pacific products and promoting trade

Michael Wong, CEO, Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FIHTA)

– Linking policies on agriculture and tourism: the case of Vanuatu

Adela Aru, Principal Product Development Officer, Manager of Vanuatu Tourism, Ambassador Programme, Ministry of Tourism & Commerce, Vanuatu

– MSG trade policy: opportunities for private sector and agribusiness development

Henry Sanday, Private sector development adviser, MSG Secretariat

Latest Briefing 41: Improving nutrition

April 30, 2015

Webstreaming : you can watch a live recording of this Briefing here.

The Brussels Development Briefing n.41 on the subject of “Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships” was held in Brussels from 09h00-13h00 (proceeded by lunch 13h00-14h00) on 20th May 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C).

Malnutrition and undernutrition : a burden for many ACP countries

Malnutrition affects one in two people on the planet. Of these, 162 million children under the age of five are estimated to be stunted (i.e. low height for age). Two billion people are estimated to be deficient in one or more micronutrients. Nearly 1.5 billion people are estimated to be overweight and over 500 million to be obese. These conditions all have severe consequences for survival, for morbidity, and for the ability of individuals, the economy and society to thrive. In relation to the scale that these problems imply, the allocation of public resources to their prevention and amelioration is minuscule. Resources to specific nutrition programmes amount to a small fraction of one per cent of domestic or aid budgets.

Undernutrition in early life can have devastating and life-long consequences for physical growth as well as cognitive and social development. Undernutrition remains one of the major challenges in low-income countries. The consequences of undernutrition in early childhood are especially devastating and can lead to lifelong physical and mental impairments. In May 2012, health leaders worldwide adopted the Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Plan at the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA). This includes committing to reduce the number of stunted children in the world by 40 per cent by 2025. Under existing assump­tions, projections from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF show that the world is not on track to meet any of the six WHA nutrition targets. Globally, little progress is being made in decreasing rates for anemia, low birth weight, wasting in children under age five, and over­weight in children under age five. Progress in increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates has been similarly lackluster. More progress has been made in reducing stunting rates in children under five, but not enough to meet the global target under current projections.

Malnutrition is either directly or indirectly responsible for approximately half of all deaths worldwide.Poor nutrition and calorie deficiencies cause nearly one in three people to die prematurely or have disabilities (WHO). Each year about 10.9 million children younger than age five in developing countries die, and 60 percent of these deaths result from malnutrition and hunger-related diseases (WFP 2010). Moreover, millions of people suffer from serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Hunger and malnutrition have effects that last throughout the life cycle, with poorly nourished children growing up to be less healthy and productive than they could be. Girls who do not get the nutrition they need become undernourished women who then give birth to the next generation of undernourished children.

New! on the subject of Improving nutrition

Background note and  Programme



Highlights  (coming soon)

Biodata of Speakers

Resources & Glossary

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary General – Sustainable Economic Development and Trade of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) [Video] ; Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food & Nutrition Security, European Commission/Europaid  [Video]; John McDermott, Director IFPRI-Led CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) [Video] ; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [Video] and Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels [Video]

Panel 1: Enhancing nutrition: a multi-sectoral approach [

This panel will review the key challenges and opportunities for enhanced nutrition of relevance to the agricultural sector in ACP countries and the lessons learned from research and practice. [Video]


-Overview of undernutrition & malnutrition: what do we know, what have we learned?

Marie Ruel, Director, Division Poverty, Health and Nutrition, IFPRI  [Presentation|Video]

– Initiatives at international level: The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)

Tom Arnold, Interim SUN Movement Coordinator a.i., Ireland  [Video]

-Support partner countries in attaining their nutrition goals: the National Information Platforms for Nutrition Initiative

Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food & Nutrition Security, EC  [Presentation|Video]

-Key findings of the global nutrition report: improved accountability and ownership

Lawrence Haddad, Senior Researcher, IFPRI [Presentation|Video]

-The role of CSOs in support of nutrition: field experience

Stineke Oenema, Co-chair of the working group on food security, Concord [Presentation|Video]

Panel 2: Best practices in addressing nutrition challenges

This panel will look at examples and drivers of successes in nutrition programmes at national level. It will also highlight successes in sustainable partnerships and PPPs and the key role of the private sector. [Video]


-Successes in country leadership and ownership in addressing nutrition challenges

Robinah Mulenga Kwofie, Executive Director, National Food and Nutrition Commission, Zambia  [Presentation|Video]

– Successes in PPPs and the role of the private sector in support of nutrition

Fokko Wientjes, Vice-President Corporate Sustainability & Public Private Partnerships, DSM [Video]

– Drivers of success in biortification: the case of Iron-biofortified beans in Rwanda

Lister Katsvairo, Country Manager, HarvestPlus, Rwanda  [Presentation|Video]

Examples of nutrition support through community participation and action

Rose Ndolo, Senior Child Nutrition & FS Programmes Adviser, World Vision UK  [Presentation|Video]

-Best practices in measuring impact of agriculture on nutrition

Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Nutrition Officer, ESNP, FAO  [Presentation|Video]

Conclusion – Michael Hailu, Director, CTA [Video]

Networking Lunch

Latest Brussels Briefing – Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?

January 26, 2015

Webstreaming : you can watch a live recording of the Briefing here

The Brussels Development Briefing n.40 on the subject of “Data: the next revolution for agriculture in ACP countries?” was held in Brussels on 18th February 2015 at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Bruxelles, Room C).

The explosion of digital data offers new technological opportunities for enhancing agricultural development; it has also become a key asset for all economies in the world. By looking at significant trends, approaches and experiences in using open data for food and nutrition security, this Briefing shall shed light on the impacts of the global data revolution for agriculture.

The increasing volume of real-time data represents both a challenge and an opportunity for developing countries, and in particular, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).  Harnessing the opportunities offered by this new digital landscape of open data systems shall be crucial: to meet acute data gaps throughout the value chain; to collect reliable data and statistics; to accurately plan and influence policies and interventions; to benefit from private-public partnerships, especially in the food industry; to inform  global development efforts, donor decisions, and policy.

The audience of 155 key stakeholders includes ACP-EU policy makers, regional organizations, representatives of EU Member States, European Commission services, Members of the European Parliament, private sector, civil society groups, European research and development practitioners and international organizations.

Newon the subject of Data for Agriculture

Below you will find the programme of the event, photos, the presentations of the speakers, as well as other useful information:

Background Note and  Programme 
Biodata of speakers
Resources & Glossary
ICT UpdateData Revolution for Agriculture

Capacity4Dev feature on Agriculture’s Data Revolution:

Introductory remarks Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Secretary-General [Opening remarks|Video], ACP Secretariat; Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit DEVCO/C1, Food security, rural development, nutrition EuropeAid, European Commission [Video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA  [Opening remarks|Video]

Panel 1: The Data revolution: from data collection to real-time digital data
This panel will review the key challenges and opportunities for data revolution of relevance to the agricultural sector in ACP countries and the lessons learned from various information systems. [Full Video]


– What could the data revolution bring to agriculture in ACP countries?
Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge management,  [Presentation|Summary|Video] Isolina Boto, CTA [Video]

– Data for Development: Evidence and Policy
Morten Jerven, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– Can data revolution improve food security?
Maximo Torero, Division Director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) [Presentation |Summary|Video]

– Strengthening statistical capacity in ACP countries: lessons learned
Pietro Gennari, Chief Statistician and Director FAO Statistics Division  [Presentation|Summary|Video]

Panel 2: New opportunities for agriculture in the data revolution
This panel will look at examples and drivers of successes related to data for agricultural development and how those could be expanded, upscaled and replicated. [Full video]


– Introduction [Video]

– Open data for Africa and the Africa Information Highway (AIH)
Adam Abdoulaye, Expert, Statistical Capacity Building Division, African Development Bank [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– How can farmer’s organizations benefit from ICTs application to agriculture?
Theo de Jager, President, Panafrican Famers Organisation and President Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– Data for improved sustainable value chains
Herman uit de Bosch, Executive Director, FairMatch Support, The Netherlands  [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– Precision agriculture in Africa: What are challenges and opportunities ahead?
Ulrich Adam, EU Secretary General at CEMA – European Agricultural Machinery  [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– How governments can use open data for the benefit of ACP countries
Stéphane Boyera, Founder and CEO of SBC4  [Presentation|Summary|Video]

– Open \ Data and Improved Land Governance: the case of Landportal.Info
Magdalena Anna Kropiwnicka, Food and Climate Consulting, Landportal.Info [Presentation|Summary|Video]


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