Kiribati Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2019

Workshop Policy Setting for Improved Linkages Between Agriculture, Trade and Tourism:
Strengthening the Local Agrifood sector and Promoting Healthy Food in Agritourism

Workshop Programme Organised by the Government of Kiribati and Kiribati Chamber of Commerce and Industry
In collaboration with the Pacific Community, CTA, PIPSO and SPTO

Tarawa, 15th -16th January 2019, Kiribati
Venue: RAK Boardroom, Antebuka




– Kiribati Agritourism, (South Pacific Tourism Organization, 12/03/2019)


Tuesday 15th January 2019

8h30-9h00 Registration

Opening prayer – KCCI Board Director Toani Benson

Welcome remarks – KCCI Vice President Mrs Taoing Taoaba

9h00-9h15 Opening Address

Officer-In-Charge for Ministry of Information, Communications, Transport and Tourism Development

9h 15-11h Session 1: Setting the scene: what do we know about opportunities to support linkages between agriculture, health and tourism 

This session will set the scene on the opportunities that the tourism sector can bring and the needed linkages with other sectors such as agriculture and trade. It will look at successful models in the Pacific region and other parts of the world and what could of interest to Kiribati agritourism policy.

Moderator: Secretary,KCCI Mr Martin Tofinga

Group Photo Session and follow by morning tea

– Setting the scene: Agritourism Policy for Kiribati
Director of Agriculture – Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, Kiribati [ presentation ]

– Promoting Agritourism Development in ACP Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Mrs Mereia Volavola – CTA  [presentation]

– Agritourism Development in the Pacific
Mr Bou Mawi – PIPSO [presentation]

– Tourism Opportunities for Development in Kiribati
Mr Kotoyawa Tamami –SPTO [presentation]

11h00-11h15 Coffee Break

11h15-13h00: Kiribati Context: Opportunities for Agritourism Development

This session will look at the Kiribati context. It aims at reaching a better common understanding of the opportunities in agritourism in Kiribati. It will assess the situation in the key areas important to set up an agritourism policy.

– Overview of tourism development and opportunities for greater connection with the agriculture industry and health – Importance of the use of local foods for the tourism industry and health of the people
Mrs Emire Neeri – Ministry of Health & Medical Service [ presentation ]

– Overview of main the agricultural policies and strategies and linkages to other sectors
Principal Agricultural Officer – Ministry of Environment Lands and Agricultural Development [presentation]

– Overview of main fisheries fresh and processed products with potential for the tourism-related markets exports
Mrs Ueue – Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development [

– Developing the Tourism Market for Kiribati – What is currently being done and future opportunities?
Mrs Sarah Botaake Tetuu (Senior Tourism Officer) – Ministry of Information, Communications, Transport and Tourism Development [presentation]

13h00-14h00 Lunch

14h00 -16h00  Session 2: Identification of priority Areas for Development for Agribusiness and Agritourism

Moderator:  Treasurer KCCI Mr Naata Teke

14h00-14h15 Afternoon Tea Break

– Opportunities for support to build quality seafood supplies
Private Sector Representative (Central Pacific Produce Limited & Kiribati Fishing Limited) [presentation]

– Developing Agritourism Attractions, Tours and Handicrafts
Private sector Representative (Tobaraoi Travel & Tours) 

16h00-17h30 Working groups in each of the 3 areas to identify key elements of the strategy/policy on agritourism and proposed actions. Identify 3 or 4 key areas for priority development and support


Wednesday 16th January 2019

09h00-13h15 Session 3: Promoting Agritourism through Value Addition, Value Chains and Safety standards

Moderator: KCCI Board Director Elsie Karakaua Bontetaake

Opening Prayer KCCI Board Director Mr Toani Benson

Recap Day 1: CTA/KCCI


– Building Sustainable Value Chain for Agritourism – What needs to be done?
Stephen Hazelman -SPC  [presentation]

– Supporting Farmers and Farmers Organisations
Mr Kaboua John & Mr Routan – Ministry of Environment Lands and Agricultural Development 

– Product Development (Value Additions), Market Access and Food Safety Standards/Certifications
Apiame Cegumalua – HACCP Expert [presentation]

11h00-11h15 Coffee Break

11h15 – 13h1: Chefs for Development: the link between agriculture & cuisine

This session will look at the role of chefs and the hospitality sector in stimulating demand of local products and its use by chefs. It will share experiences from other regions.

– Organic Farming and benefits for the Agritourism?
Stephen Hazelman – SPC [presentation]

-Sourcing local food by the Chefs – Challenges and Opportunities
Chef in Kiribati – Chef from George Hotel 

– Promoting Food festivals and Food celebrations – Would Kiribati be looking at this opportunity?
Representative from Women Organisation (Te Itoiningaina )  [presentation]

13h15-14h15 Lunch Break

Moderator: Mereia Volavola/ Secretary KCCI & Mrs Ereata Benson

14h30-16h00 Identification agritourism Policy Consideration and Priority Developments -Group Presentations

Key elements of the strategy/policy on agritourism and proposed actions. Identify 3 key areas for priority development and support

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

Closing Remarks – President KCCI

Cocktail Party at Utirerei Motel (17h00) – Separate program.


Other Presentations:

Pacific Organic Standards 

Organic Agriculture: Meeting the challenges of climate change

Agricultural value-chain guide for the Pacific Islands