LINKING THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR TO THE TOURISM-RELATED MARKETS
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.
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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