Financing for Development 2015

July 13, 2015

Third International Conference on Financing for Development
“Financing Investments and Agribusiness for Food and Nutrition Security: Public and Private Sector Coordination”

14th July 2015, 13:15 – 14:45

Room Jupiter Hotel, Conference Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) Group – UNFAO – CTA

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On the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development – on 14th July, from 13:15 – 14:45, in the Jupiter Hotel Conference Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – CTA co-organised the “Financing Investments and Agribusiness for Food and Nutrition Security: Public and Private Sector Coordination” high-level panel with the ACP and UNFAO. The panel discussed the importance of private and public sector investments in the agrifood sector, which benefit small-scale farmers, SMEs and value chain actors. The high-level speakers addreseds various approaches on the topic of financing investments and agribusiness, ranging from policy support at country level; the operationalization of the policy framework for enhanced and structured engagement of aid programs with the private sector; the need to leverage private finance in development, the mechanisms in place to support SMEs in the agrifood sector, and the urgency to support inclusive and profitable value chains.

While there is no debate on the necessity for both public and private sector investment in food system development, the specific nature of these investments and how to better coordinate them to achieve sustainable food and nutrition security, still represent many unanswered questions, which are key to this debate. Resolving the challenges of achieving universal food and nutrition security in a sustainable manner requires significant and well-coordinated investments by the public sector, the private sector and civil society. This is well-recognized in both the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and the 2009 Doha Declaration, and it is reflected in the more recent Framework for ACP Private Sector Development signed in 2014, as well as the FAO Private Sector Strategy. Together, these hallmark initiatives highlight the critical importance of mobilizing domestic and international financial resources, leveraging international trade, and increasing international development cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals.

Investments that are targeted at developing sustainable value chains and food systems, inter alia, offer key pathways to achieve food security and improve nutrition through: (1) linking commercial-oriented smallholder farmer to rewarding markets; (2) creating and facilitating entry to decent jobs for women and men, including for vulnerable groups; and (3) improving value creation for consumers in the form of nutritious and readily available food at affordable prices. It also facilitates broader interventions along the value chain, including on food safety and quality standards, as well as food losses and waste. To further guide investment by small and medium-sized agro-enterprises (SMAEs) and multinational agribusinesses toward sustainable development goals, the Principles of Responsible Agricultural Investment (2014) and the UN Food and Agriculture Business Principles (2014) provide frameworks that can be used on a voluntary basis in development and procurement programs as a means to simultaneously promote competitiveness, inclusiveness, and greenness and, ultimately, eradicate hunger and poverty.


Background note & Programme

Invitation & Flyer

Value Chain Finance BB.35 webpage: see also the Reader & Highlights & Resources

Agribusiness PPP’s BB.39 webpage: see also the Highlights & Resources on PPP


Biodata of panelists


– Revisiting agriculture finance: A special report from Fin4ag

– EU private sector strategy

– UNFAO press release



Moderator: Michael Hailu, CTA Director

Opening remarks:

– Patrick Ignatius Gomes, Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

– Graziano da Silva, Director General, FAO


– Tefera Derbew, the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture

– Roberto Ridolfi, Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, DG Europeaid, European Commission

– Mr Pim van Ballekom, Vice President, European Investment Bank (EIB)

– Andreas Proksch, Director General, Africa Department, GIZ

– Pierre van Hedel, President, Rabobank Foundation

Linking agriculture to tourism markets in Pacific

June 30, 2015



Denarau Island, Fiji, 1-3 July 2015

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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 & Programme

Photos 1  | Photos 2

Highlights  (coming soon)

Biodata of Speakers


Pacific Agribusiness Forum News & Newsletter

Agribusiness Conference FINAL DRAFT Outcomes

Additional materials:

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

Capacity4Dev: Blog – Building Resilience of Small Island Economies

The missing data for agriculture & tourism: the case of the Pacific

Additional media coverage: see ; ; ; agriculture.caitservicespng ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

Wednesday 1st July 2015 

Chair: Mereia Volavola, Chief Executive Officer , PIPSO

Opening remarks: Chris Addison, Senior Expert on Knowledge Management, CTA [Opening remarks]; 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

Special guest:

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)

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

Henry Sanday, Private sector development adviser, MSG Secretariat

– 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

– Product development to better reach new markets

Cate Pleass, Maketing Director, Pleass Global Limited

– Branding and labeling: key strategies for SIDS. The experience of the Caribbean.

Escipión Oliveira, Deputy Executive Director, CEDA  [Presentation]

– Going organic: a comparative advantage for the Pacific agritourism sector

Karen Mapusua, POETCom Coordinator

– Main drivers of agritourism in the Caribbean

Ena Harvey, Agritourism Specialist, IICA; Isolina Boto, CTA; Kevon Rhiney, Expert agritourism

Session 2: Linking agriculture and tourism: Learning from successes

This session will look at various models of linkages between the agrifood and tourism sectors which serve tourism-related markets.

Facilitator: Vili Caniogo, SPC

– Organic Farm to Table: creating a sustainable supply chain

Alberta Vitale, Associate Director and Kalais Stanley, Programme Manager, Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), Samoa

– Joe’s Farm: Providing vegetables & salads to the tourism- markets in Fiji

Michael Joe, Managing Director, Joe’s Farm [Presentation]

– Vanuatu Direct Ltd Essential and central supplier of fresh and value added food through a certified system to Vanuatu hospitality sector

Cornelia Wyllie, Vanuatu Direct

– Heilala Vanilla: branding and expanding markets

Jennifer Boggiss, CEO, Director, and Co Founder [Presentation]

– Tanna Coffee serves local and regional markets

Terry Adlington, Managing Director, Tanna Coffee, Vanuatu [Presentation]

Thursday 2nd July 2015

Session 2: Linking agriculture and tourism (cont.)

– Sustainable Denis Island : A Vertical Integration Success Story of Agriculture and a Five Star Holiday Resort, Seychelles

Guy Morel, Management and Marketing Expert; Gilbert Port-Louis, Seychelles Agricultural Agency

-Linking Agrifood sector to Tourism related markets – experiences from the Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers

Carmen Nurse, Novella Payne, Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP)

Session 3: Linking fisheries to the tourism-related markets

Organiser and facilitator: Erik Rotsaert, Fisheries Expert [Presentation]

This session will show various models of linkages between the fisheries and tourism sectors in niche products (certified, ecolabelling…), aquaculture, and ranching sectors.

– What partnership between the tourist industry and the fisheries sector?

Georges Ringeisen, Executive Chef, The Grand Pacific Hotel *****, Fiji

– The Crab Company, Fiji

Dr Colin Shelley, Co-founder and Executive Director, The Crab Company of (Fiji) Ltd

-Supplies locally caught seafood to Fiji Island customers

Ronnie Hyer, FIJIFRESH Seafood

-Agribusiness Forum: Linking the Agrifood Sector to the Tourism-Related Markets

Reshika Kumar, Business Adviser, Market Development Facility

Session 4: The Chefs: the link between sustainable tourism, agriculture and cuisine

Organiser and facilitator: Chef Robert Oliver.

This session focuses on the need to upgrade farmers supply chains to larger hotels and resorts, stimulate demand of local products and its use by chefs who can promote ways to more creatively utilize local produce by the hospitality sector. It will illustrate how local food and local cuisine can be promoted in the tourism industry.

Robert Oliver, Chef, author and television presenter of Real Pasifik, Pacific

Shailesh Naidu, President, Fiji Chefs Association, Executive Chef, Outrigger

Chef Dane Saddler, Executive Chef, Caribbean Villa Chefs, Barbados

Ena Harvey, IICA agritourism expert

Session 5: Agrifinance: new opportunities for the agribusiness sector/ Partnerships and PPPs for entrepreneurship in Agritourism

Organiser and facilitator: Lamon Rutten, Manager, Policies, value chains and ICTs, CTA

– Tevita Madigibuli, General Manager Relationship & Sales, Fiji Development Bank

Ashleigh Matheson, Chief Risk Officer, Bank of the South Pacific

– Aseri Manulevu; Manager Business Finance, HFC Bank, Fiji

-Sashi Kiran, Founder and Director of FRIEND, Fiji

-Eugene Williams, Local Business Banking Manager, Westpac Bank

Session 6: Addressing the data gaps for Agribusiness/Agritourism

Organiser and facilitator: Chris Addison, Sr Coordinator Knowledge Management, CTA 

This session will share the work on agribusiness platforms being developed with CABA and PIPSO and the need to strengthen key business information and data for the SMEs and partners involved in the agribusiness sector. Some insights on the use of new technologies (i.e. drones) to build data will be shared as well as mapping farms with GPS and l inking to mobile app to build data.

– What data for agribusiness/agritourism?

Chris Addison, CTA and Stephane Boyera, ICT expert, Mereia Volavola, PIPSO and Vassel Stewart, CABA [Presentation]

Anna Fink, SPC Expert, Agricultural Statistics

– What tools and applications to collect, manage and use data locally?

Amiaifolau Afamasaga Luatua, Samoa Tourism Authority [Presentation]

– Use of Drones in the Agritourism sector 

Kevin Rotsaert, Skyward Industries Ltd, Fiji [Presentation]

– GIS & integrated data for sound business decisions

Faumuina F. Tafunai, WIBDI

Tracking Demand Dynamics of Agricultural Produce in the Seychelles: A Prerequisite for Strategy Formulation, Guy Morel, Management and Marketing Expert; Gilbert Port-Louis, Seychelles Agricultural Agency

– Wrap up and closure

Mereira Volavola, PIPSO; Chris Addison, CTA

-Closing remarks

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

Visit to Joe’s Farm in Nadi.

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




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


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