2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum

Promoting regional trade and agribusiness development in the Pacific

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2nd PACIFIC AGRIBUSINESS FORUM

LINKING THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR TO THE LOCAL MARKETS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND IMPROVED FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY

Organised by PIPSO, CTA, IFAD, SPC and SPTO

Apia, Samoa, 29th August – 1st September 2016

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**Draft Programme**

Monday 29th August 2016

Workshop Pacific Women in Agribusiness (9h00-13h00)

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– Programme  and Background Note

Field visits to Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI) and Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTEC) (14h00-17h00)

Parallel Chefs Training Programme organised by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) on 29 and 30th August (9h00-17h00) which will culminate with the Chefs for Development Dinner: Contemporary Island Cuisines.

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– Programme  and Background Note (coming soon)

Tuesday 30th August 2016

8h00-9h00 Registration

9h00-9h45 Opening session

Formal opening: Honourable Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi,
Prime Minister of Samoa

Opening Prayer: Reverend Dr Siaosi Salesulu

Opening remarks:
– Patrick Polacsek, Programme Manager, Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific
– Maximin J. Emagna, Private Sector & Investment Expert, Sustainable Economic Development & Trade Department, Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)
– Papalii Matatamalii Sonja Hunter, Chair Lady, South Pacific Tourism Organisation
– Isolina Boto, Manage Brussels Office and Project Leader on Regional Trade, CTA
– Mereia Volavola, CEO, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)

9h45-10h15 Coffee break and group photo

10h15-11h45 Session 1: Opportunities for the Pacific Agrifood Sector in local markets: trends and successes in promoting quality, nutritious and healthy food

This panel will feature opportunities and successes in local and regional markets in key value chains aimed at reducing the import bill and contributing to nutrition security. Special focus will address added-value and processed food and strengthening the capacities of local producers to supply more food to meet demands for nutritious and healthy diets.
Moderator: H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform
Panellists:
– Key value chains in the Pacific region: successes and new opportunities
Mereia Volavola, CEO, Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)
– Successful MSG agrifood exports and strategy in support of agrifood producers
Henry Sanday, Private Sector Development Advisor, MSG
– Promoting consumption of fruits & vegetables: opportunities in local markets
Michael Finau Brown, CEO, Nature’s Way Cooperative
– Successes in Hydroponics: promoting consumption of fresh vegetables
James Douglas, Owner, Niue Fresh Hydroponics
– Agriculture and nutrition linkages: lessons for policy
Desmond Lee-Hang, National University of Samoa

11h45-13h15 Session 2: Strengthening the organisation of the value chain actors for improved market access

The purpose of this session is to explore ways on how to effectively engage farmers into the supply chain and change the culture and attitude towards farming, supply and development and promote entrepreneurship.
Moderator: Ronald Hartman, Country Director, Asia and the Pacific Division, IFAD
Panellists:
– Strengthening farmer’s organisations to better access markets
Afamasaga Toleafoa, Chairman, Pacific Islands Farmer Organisations Network (PIFON)
– Improved market access for high-value vegetable products through participant guarantee system Rob Erskine Smith, Agribusiness Expert, PGS Project Leader
– From Farm to Table: Building the capacity of farmers for the local and export markets
Vargas Rasch, Senior Field Officer, Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), Samoa
– Strengthening farmers and communities to boost local and export production
Isoa Tubuna, Island Express Limited, Fiji
– Strengthening youth and women entrepreneurship: best practices
Asif Chida, Inclusive Growth and Private Sector Specialist, UNDP Pacific Centre

13h15-14h30 Lunch

14h30-16h00 Ensuring quality compliance of quality standards for value-added products

This session will look at the compliance of standards for inclusive value chains and the need to strengthen capacities of the operators. A real case example and how the marketing company developed the branding and marketing of the company’s product will be shared.
Moderator: Laulu Mac Leauanae, CEO, Pacific Cooperation Foundation
Panellists:
– Importance of Food Safety standards in value adding
Api Cegumalua, Consultant, Fiji
– Labelling and Packaging in value added products (i.e. nutritional values)
Morag Webb, Policy Advisor, Coleacp
– Branding and Marketing to promote or increase the sale of products: the case of Koko Samoa
Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, President, Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME)
– Certification processes for key markets
Bob Wyllie, Vanuatu Direct
– Successes/opportunities in organic production: Pacific Organic Tourism & Hospitality Standard
Karen Mapusua, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

18h00-19h00 CTA-IFAD-PIPSO Project Grow Healthy: Launch and Cocktail.
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel

19h00-22h00 Chefs for Development: Contemporary Island Cuisines (prepared by the Chefs attending the Chef Training)
Tanoa Tusitala Hotel

Wednesday 31st August 2016

9h00-9h30 Summary Day 1

9h30-13h00 Session 3: Addressing tourism-related markets: from policy to practice

This session will build upon the findings and successes developed from the 1st Pacific Agribusiness Forum in terms of promoting multisectoral and multistakeholder approaches to strengthen linkages between agriculture, tourism, trade and health sectors. It will look at policies and practices promoting local sourcing for improved quality and heathy food. It will feature the first agritourism policy-setting work being developed by Vanuatu and “Buy Samoan-made” trend.

9h30-11h15 Strengthening the chain actors to in serving tourism markets and branding the region as quality food destination
Moderator: Chris Addison, Regional Coordinator for the Pacific, CTA
Panellists:
– Trends in the tourism industry and factors influencing tourist choice of holiday destination and food consumed.
Chris Cocker, CEO, South Pacific Tourism Organization
– What do we know about tourism expectations?
Dawn Gibson, Senior Lecturer Tourism and Hospitality, School of Tourism and Hospitality, USP
– ACP-EU experiences in promoting food tourism
Isolina Boto, Project Leader Regional Trade, CTA
– Successes in the Pacific in linking agriculture and tourism: the perspective of Chefs
Chef Robert Oliver
– Successes in the Caribbean in linking agriculture and tourism
Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean
– How Chefs can promote health and nutrition values of food
Chef Colin Chung

11h15-11h45 Coffee break

11h45-13h00  The Vanuatu context: linking agriculture, tourism and health through agritourism policy-setting
Moderator: Hobart Va’ai, Chief Executive Officer, Samoa Chamber of Commerce
Panellists:
– Main drivers of the agritourism policy for Vanuatu
Howard Aru, Director General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Vanuatu
– From policy to practice: linkages of agriculture with trade and tourism
Kathy Garoleo, Department of Tourism, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism
– Towards an agritourism strategy: New business opportunities
Ross Hopkins, Principal, TRIP Consultants
– The role of the private sector in promoting cross-sectoral linkages
Terry Adlington, Managing Director, Tanna Coffee, Vanuatu
– Perspective from an agritourism experience
Carolyn Ernst, Yo Ku Farm Rentaboa

13h00-14h15 Lunch

14h15-15h45  ‘Buy Samoan-made’
This session will present some of the iconic Samoa products which contribute to brand the island.
Moderator: Sakiusa Tubuna, Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific Asia and the Pacific Division, IFAD
Panellists:
– “Buy Samoa Made” Export Drive
Colin Stringer, Technical Advisor, Samoa Association of Manufacturers (SAME)
– Organic Nonu juice
Garry Vui, Managing Director, Nonu Samoa entreprises Ltd
– Samoa Nonu Delights
Faumuina Apulu Lance Polu, General Manager
– The branding and marketing strategies
Apia Bottling Company

15h45-16h00 Coffee break

16h30-17h30 Working group sessions

Thursday 1st September 2016

9h00-9h30 Summary Day 2

9h30-11.00 Session 4: Agribusiness Financing: Innovative financial Solutions to support Agribusiness

This session will look at what is constraining SMEs and how can financial institutions provide workable solutions for sustainable agribusiness development.
Moderator: Mereia Volavola, CEO, PIPSO
Panellists:
– Supporting SMEs in the Samoan Context – What works and what does not work?
Alatina Ioelu, Chief Executive Office, Small Business Enterprises Centre, Samoa
– Developing Agribusiness Financial Products – Is there a market for it and how should products be developed?
Napolioni Batimala, Chief Executive Office, Merchant Finance Limited, Fiji
– Challenges in lending to Agribusiness SMEs and how can access to finance to agribusiness improved?
Susana Laulu, Chief Executive Office, Development Bank of Samoa
– Partnering with Developments in lending to Farmers- the Nadarivatu Farmers Project (Fiji)
Howard Politini, PIPSO Chairperson, and the General Manager Human Resources at Bank South Pacific
– Business support services and financing sustainable agribusinesses: improving product quality
Ian Buck, Facility Manager, ADB Samoa AgriBusiness Project

11h00-11h30 Coffee break

11h30-13h00 Working group sessions

13h00-14h15 Lunch

14h15-15h45 Final session
Based on previous input and discussions in working groups, this session will make few actionable recommendations for short, long and medium term.
It will: (i) generate ideas for a regional project on sustainable sourcing from small-scale farmers and value addition in the agribusiness sector; (ii) identify upscaling opportunities for linking small-scale farmers to domestic markets and the tourism industry in the Pacific; (iii) determine sources of support, institutions and strategic alliances needed to strengthen relations between chain actors in the Pacific for nutritious and healthy food.

15h45-16h15 Closure

Last Brussels Briefing 45: “Smart and Affordable farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for agricultural transformation”

The Brussels Development Briefing n.45 on the subject of “Smart and Affordable farming solutions for Africa: the next driver for agricultural transformation” was held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 13th July 2016 at the Albert Borschette Congress Center, Room 1.A (Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels).  This Briefing was organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission, the the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD, CEMA, Agricord and the PanAfrican Farmer’s Organisation (PAFO).

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Watch the live WebStream recording of the Briefing

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 **  PROGRAMME  **

Introduction and Opening of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [presentation|video]

Introductory remarks:  Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food & Nutrition Security, Europeaid, European Commission [video]; Ulrich Adam, Secretary General, CEMA [video]; Juha Ruippo, Director of the Finnish Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) Brussels [video]; Theo de Jager, President, Panafrican Farmers Organisation (PAFO) [video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA [video]

Panel 1: Setting the scene: Drivers of smart-farming in Africa
This panel will discuss the available tools and approaches in support of smart-farming which can benefit the smallholders. It will also discuss public-private partnerships (PPPs) and multi-stakeholder alliances that aim at accelerating investments and transformative change in African agriculture.
ChairH.E. Kaire Mbuende, Ambassador of Namibia [video]
Panellists:

– Smart-farming: trends and new opportunities benefiting small-holders
Josef Kienzle, Expert, Equipment and Institutions/Agro-Industries, Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries. Division (AGST), FAO  [presentation|video]

– Connecting your farm: the future of Precision Agriculture in Africa
Louisa Parker, Manager Institutional Funding and Stakeholder Relations Africa and Middle EastAdvanced Technology Solutions AGCO Corporation (AGCO)  [presentation|video]

– Contribution of unmanned aerial systems to precision farming
Giacomo Rambaldi, Senior Coordinator ICT, CTA; Damien van Eeckhout, Head of International Business Development, Airinov   [presentation|video]

– Smart farming: a priority for farmers in Africa
Theo de Jager, President, Panafrican Farmers Organisation (PAFO)  [presentation|video]

Debate Panel 1 [video]

Panel 2: Scaling up successes in smart farming
This panel will look at specific examples of successful smart-farming applications at various levels. It will also show smart inclusive and sustainable PPPs.
ChairH.E. Teneng Mba Jaiteh, Ambassador of Gambia [video]
Panellists:

– PPPs: Upscaling agribusiness successes in Africa
Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, CTA;  Stephen Muchiri, CEO, Eastern African Farmers Federation, Kenya   [presentation|video]

– Proven successful smart-farming technologies: the case of Potato initiative Africa
Frank Nordmann, Grimme, Germany  [presentation|video]

– Empowering women and youth through capacity building
Eric Kaduru, KadAfrica, Uganda  [executive summary|video]

– Pooling forces: Machinery rings and cooperatives
Andreas Hastedt, Board member, German Association of Machinery Rings  [presentation|video]

Debate Panel 2 [video]

Closing Remarks [video]

Brussels Briefing 44: Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade

The Brussels Development Briefing no. 44 on “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade” took place on 22 June 2016  from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium.
This Briefings was co-organised by CTA, the European Commission / DEVCO, the ACP Secretariat, CONCORD and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office.

On Twitter, you can share your ideas and questions (before, during and after the event), using the hashtag #BBFairTrade. You can also follow @brubriefings.

Click here for a Webstream recording of the Briefing

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Programme and Background Note

Reader

Highlights (available soon)

Photos

Biodata of the speakers 

Resources

Programme

Introduction of the Briefing: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [video]

Introductory remarks: Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat  [video]; Regis Meritan, European Commission/ EuropeAid  [video]; Sergi Corbalán, Fair Trade Advocacy Office  [video]; Michael Hailu Director of CTA  [video]

Panel 1: Responsible value chains, sustainable sourcing and Fair Trade
This panel with provide an overview of sustainable sourcing from a development perspective and the positioning of Fair Trade.

ChairViwanou Gnassounou, Assistant Secretary-General, ACP Secretariat 

Panellists:

– Sustainability of supply chains and fair schemes favorable to farmers
Aynur Mammadova, IISD Associate, SSI Team Member  [presentation|video]

– Unsustainable sourcing: facts and figures
Dr. Adrian de Groot Ruiz, Executive Director, True Price  [presentation|video]

– The Fair Trade market and consumers’ choice contribution to sustainable sourcing
Lily Deforce, Director, Fairtrade Belgium [presentation|video]

– Supermarket sourcing Fair Trade
Rosita Zilli, Deputy Secretary – General, Eurocoop  [presentation|video]

Debate panel 1 [video]

Panel 2: Scaling up successes in sustainable sourcing and Fair Trade
This panel will look at specific examples of successful businesses and PPPs in support of sustainable sourcing.

Chair: Bernd Lange, Chairman of the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament  [video]

Panellists:

– Fair Trade: a farmer’s led movement
Marike De Peña, Chair of Fairtrade International and Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Small Producer Organizations (CLAC)  [presentation|video]

– Example of B2B sourcing in Fair Trade
Frank Okyere, Kuapa Kokoo environmental and extension manager Fairtrade programme, Ghana   [presentation|video]
Charlotte Borger, Communications Director, 
Divine Chocolate, (UK)  [presentation|video]

– Example of a PPP promoting sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade
Fredrick Masinde, Business Development Manager, Undugu Fair Trade, Kenya  [presentation|video]

– Case study from the Fair Trade in the field
Abel Fernández CONACADO Commercial Manager, Dominican Republic  [presentation|video]

Debate panel 2 [video]

Concluding remarks: Fair Trade Advocacy Office, CTA [video]