The Brussels Development Briefing n.46 on the subject of “Agribusiness development in SIDS: the potential of tourism-related markets” was held in on 21st September 2016 Brussels at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels) from 09:00 to 13:00.  This Briefing will be organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat.

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Programme and Background Note

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Biodata of the speakers

Watch Chef Robert Oliver’s video on Pacific Cuisine, tourism and agriculture. Chef Oliver is a New Zealand chef who was raised in Fiji and Samoa. In 2013, Robert released “Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia” (Random House) at the request of the Prime Minister of Samoa. This book won the “Best TV Chef Cookbook in the World 2013” at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in association with his television series REAL PASIFIK- a series that travels across the Pacific Islands connecting chefs to traditional cuisine and indigenous agriculture. Robert is Chef Ambassador for Le Cordon Bleu, is a judge on the hit prime time cooking show “My Kitchen Rules” and is host for the Maori reality cooking show “Marae Kai Masters”


8h15-9h00 Registration

9h00-9h15  Introduction and Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]

 Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary General of the ACP Group of States [video]; Matthew Brooke, Expert Private Sector Development, Europeaid, European Commission [video] ; H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform  [video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA  [video]

 9h15-10h45 Panel 1: Development of Agribusiness and tourism linkages in SIDS 

This panel with provide an overview of the current status of agribusiness in ACP SIDS, and rationale for linking to tourism markets.

Chair: H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform


– Linking agriculture, tourism and health though Agritourism policy-setting
Howard Aru, Director General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Vanuatu [presentation|video]

– Towards an agritourism strategy for Samoa: strengths and opportunities
Papali’i Sonja Hunter, CEO, Samoa Tourism Authority and Chair of the SPTO [presentation|video]

– Best practices in agritourism across the Caribbean
Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean [presentation|video]

Panel 1 Questions and Answers [video]

10h45-11h00 Coffee Break

11h00-13h00 Panel 2: Linking agriculture and tourism though collaboration with Chefs

This panel will look at specific examples of successful Chefs who promote local food to tourism markets and are ambassadors of the local and regional cuisine.

Chair: H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform


– Linking farmers to the tourism markets and promoting Pacific cuisine
Robert Oliver, Chef, Author and Television Presenter, The Pacific  [presentation|video]

– Opportunities in supporting the local industry and promoting agritourism
Charlotte Chan Mow, Chef, The Orator Hotel, Samoa [presentation|video]

– Celebrating Caribbean cuisine and culinary skills for youth
Peter Edey, Executive Chef, Barbados [presentation|video]

– Promoting local food and rich Haiti’s gastronomy
Stephan Berrouet Durand, Executive Chef, Culinary by Design, Haiti [video]

– Foodscape and food tourism in the Caribbean
Rosemary Parkinson, Culinary Author & Contributor, the Caribbean [video]

Panel 2 Questions and Answers [video]

Concluding remarks [video]

13h00 Networking Lunch

SIDS infographic

3 thoughts on “Brussels Briefing 46: “Agribusiness development in SIDS: the potential of tourism-related markets”

  1. Readers might be interested in a Cuban initiative that’s incorporating tourism with traditional agriculture and opening up some of the country’s oldest farm estates as restaurants cum living museums to the island’s

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