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

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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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”


PROGRAMME

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

Panellists:

– 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

Panellists:

– 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

Joint Press Release – 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

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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

The 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum held in Apia, Samoa, from 29 August to 1 September organised by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and supported by key regional partners, has not only identified pressing challenges but mostly opportunities and creative solutions focused on the development, partnerships and strengthening of linkages within the agriculture, agritourism, health, education and finance sectors.

“On my right shoulder, you will see a gold medal. It’s our Pacific gold medal. For me it’s a symbol of what we can achieve. Small as we are, under-resourced that we are but with true Pacific spirits and resilience, we can all become gold medallists.” Speaking at the helm on the last day of the forum held at Apia’s Tanoa Tusitala hotel, PIPSO’s chairman, Howard Politini, emphasised that even small nations like ours in the Pacific can achieve great things as shown by Fiji’s sevens rugby team who made history by bringing back Olympic gold medals for the first time in Fiji.

The forum was declared open by Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielerigaoi on Tuesday, who expressed his concerns about food security and the health crisis that we face in the Pacific. “We are indeed blessed with an ocean abundant with marine life, and fertile soils capable of recovering from the worst of natural disasters that if we only take what we need, generations after us will also be fed from the same food baskets. Our farmers are organic by default and organic farming will be our future.”

Approximately 100 attendees experienced an intensive four days of presentations, industry visits, deliberations, and networking beginning with a Women in Agribusiness workshop and the Pacific Women in Agribusiness launch, that ran in parallel to a Chefs Training on Monday; and ending with working group discussions formulating plans, strategies and solutions which will be circulated to the participants for deliberate action straight after the forum.

One of the highlights in the forum was the dinner prepared by trainee chefs who underwent training with famous chefs Robert Oliver and Colin Chung. Organised by the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) and the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA), and supported by PIPSO and CTA, more than 30 local chefs received completion certificates and prepared a dinner for the participants which showcased their talents, skills and creativity in utilising local ingredients for delicious contemporary island cuisines on Tuesday evening. The top-performing trainee chef received an award to visit the Caribbean and learn from her counterparts there. It was announced that more chefs in the Pacific will be awarded with such scholarships through the Chefs for Development project also supported by CTA.

PIPSO’s CEO, Mereia Volavola, has emphasised throughout the forum that clear steps will be taken from the outcomes gathered. This forum has been a real opportunity to hear from stakeholders in the agribusiness and agritourism sectors, and identify key areas for development which will form components of PIPSO’s support into these sectors. This will entail capacity building and linkages between farmers and the tourism industry in the Pacific; support for agritourism, women and youth in agribusiness, and encouraging the use of locally sourced food as they are priority areas that have come out of the forum.

His Excellency Paolelei Luteru, Samoa’s Ambassador to the European Union and Coordinator of the ACP SIDS platform, reiterated a similar message before he declared the forum closed. “This forum will not just be a talkfest. In the Pacific, action is needed. One of the key areas that have been highlighted this week was the call for more multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships, as well as solutions that have a regional approach.“

The 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum was organised by PIPSO, CTA and IFAD with the support of the EU, Secretariat ACP, South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), Samoa Tourism Authority (STA), Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Samoan Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Cooperation Foundation (PCF).

About PIPSO, CTA and IFAD

The Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) promotes and inspires the growth of Pacific businesses. It is the premier private sector representative body in the Pacific Islands region, and its members are comprised of the national private sector organisations of the 14 Forum Pacific Island Countries and American Samoa. To learn more visit www.pipso.org, or call +679 7736 300.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Their mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management in ACP countries. To learn more visit www.cta.int, or call +32 (0) 2 5137436.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub. To learn more visit www.ifad.org or call Ron Hartman +62 812 8377 9219.

Event Hashtags: #PacAgriBiz #PacAgriTo

For more information contact: Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-­Sekiguchi, PIPSO Communications Consultant Email: ronna@greenhousefiji.com | Mobile: +685 7204827 (from 27 August to 4 September 2016)  | +679 7888 400 (from 5 September 2016 onwards)

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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New ! articles on agribusiness in the Pacific

Top Chefs showcase Pacific flavours at Regional Agribusiness Forum in Apia, Samoa
Pacific cuisine is to feature as part of the forthcoming 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum, taking place from August 29 to September 1 in Apia, Samoa. A special Chefs Training Programme on “Pacific Contemporary Island Cuisine” will see renowned regional chefs Robert Oliver and Colin Chung provide training on innovative uses of Pacific ingredients and advocate in favour of greater consumption of local products…[Read More]

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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

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
– Ronald Hartman Country Director, Asia and the Pacific Division, IFAD

– 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) [presentation]
– MSG agrifood exports and strategy in support of agrifood producers
Henry Sanday, Private Sector Development Advisor, MSG [presentation]
– Promoting consumption of fruits & vegetables: opportunities in local markets
Michael Finau Brown, CEO, Nature’s Way Cooperative [presentation]
– Successes in Hydroponics: promoting consumption of fresh vegetables
James Douglas, Owner, Niue Fresh Hydroponics [presentation]
– Agriculture and nutrition linkages: lessons for policy
Desmond Lee-Hang, National University of Samoa [presentation]

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) [presentation]
– 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 [presentation]
– 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 [presentation]
– Sustainability standards
Morag Webb, Policy Advisor, Coleacp [presentation]
– 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 [presentation]

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

19h00-22h00 Chefs for Development: Contemporary Island Cuisine
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 [presentation]
– What do we know about tourism expectations?
Dawn Gibson, Senior Lecturer Tourism and Hospitality, School of Tourism and Hospitality, USP [presentation]
– ACP-EU experiences in promoting food tourism
Isolina Boto, Project Leader Regional Trade, CTA [presentation]
– Successes in the Pacific in linking agriculture and tourism: the perspective of Chefs
Chef Robert Oliver [presentation]
– Successes in the Caribbean in linking agriculture and tourism
Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean [presentation]
– 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:
– 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 [presentation]
– 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

14h15-15h30  ‘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:
– Towards an agritourism strategy for Samoa: strengths and opportunities
Papalii Matatamalii Sonja Hunter, CEO, Samoa Tourism Association
– “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

15h30-16h00 Support programmes in the agribusiness sector
– The Pacific Agricultural Policy Programme (PAPP), SPC
Cheryl Thomas, Policy research Officer, SPC
– COLEACP: E-learning Platform
Morag Webb, Policy Advisor, Coleacp
– Agribusiness support through PIPSO online platform
Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi, Communications Expert, PIPSO

16h00-16:15 Coffee break

16h15-17h15 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 [presentation]
– 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 [presentation]
– Business support services and financing sustainable agribusinesses: improving product quality
Ian Buck, Facility Manager, ADB Samoa AgriBusiness Project [presentation]
– Areas of support from EIB to the agribusiness sector
Adam Bruun, Head of Office, Regional Office for the Pacific,European Investment Bank [presentation]

11h00-11h30 Coffee break

11h30-11h45 Women in agribusiness
– Mereia Volavola, CEO, PIPSO

11h45-13h00 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

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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 **  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  [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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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]

Vanuatu Holds Agritourism Policy Setting Worskhop 2016

Policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism:

Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting healthy food in agritourism

 

Workshop organised by the Government of Vanuatu and CTA
in collaboration with IICA and PIPSO 

Port-Vila, Vanuatu, 25-27 May
Warwick Le Lagon Resort & Spa, Erakor Lagoon, Port Vila

Vanuatu policy setting 2016

Tourism is the lifeblood of many Pacific economies and agritourism provides a promising avenue for diversification and trade growth. High quality, nutritious and healthy food, available every day of the year, is critical to hotels, lodges and resorts. Often the food purchasing bill of a tourism site is large in comparison to the size of the local economy, yet surprisingly little of this is spent locally, even when supplies are available from farmers, fishermen and small-scale agribusinesses. The challenges of shifting food-sourcing to local suppliers are considerable – achieving this in a way that meets commercial needs and customer preferences and meets food and safety requirements would be one way in which tourism operations can significantly increase their contribution to local economic development.

Tourism has the potential to stimulate demand in the agriculture sector, promote healthy and nutritious food and strengthen the use of local products, so it is important to create linkages between the two, and to develop a policy on agritourism. In addition to the strong economic value of developing a sustainable tourism sector, enhancing the linkages between tourism and agriculture represents an important potential mechanism to stimulate and strengthen traditional local producers and processors and to improve the distribution of benefits along the chain as well as generate investment incentives for local production. The trade policy environment should be more favourable to the private sector and investment, while supporting local entrepreneurs and SMEs through appropriate measures that address import substitution, notably in the form of tariff and non tariff barriers.

Linkages between agriculture, health and tourism not only potentially increase opportunities for domestic agriculture earnings, new markets and product development and therefore sustainable economic growth, but also offer opportunities to help develop visitor attractions and distinctive tourism destination brands through the creative use and marketing of local produce and production techniques, and use of local landscapes. In order to acquire these benefits, the tourism industry needs to be proactive in utilizing local, high quality, healthy and niche agricultural products in touristic sites and events.

Vanuatu has the natural and cultural potential to develop a point of difference in its tourism policy and diversifying its economic sectors can increase resilience of food systems and incomes for rural communities. A policy on agritourism will also develop linkages with the health sector ensuring that it supports national campaigns towards nutritious and healthy food (embedded in the concept of quality food referred above).

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New! latest Agritourism News & Resources

Press!  latest press coverage of the event

CTA article on the event

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Additional materials:

1st Pacific Agribusiness Forum Linking the Agrifood Sector to the Tourism-related Markets (Denarau Island, Fiji, 1-3 July 2015)

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

Capacity4Dev: Blog – Building Resilience of Small Island Economies

Vanuatu agritourism policy setting day 1

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Summary of Day 1 [PDF]

Opening remarks [PDF]

  • Howard Aru, Director General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Vanuatu
  • George Borugu, Director, Department of Tourism and Acting Director-General of Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism
  • Isolina Boto, Manager, Project Coordinator for Regional Trade, CTA
  • Mereia Volavola, CEO, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)
  • Honourable Matai Seremaiah Nawalu, Minister of Trade, Tourism, Cooperatives, Industry and Ni-Vanuatu Business [speech]

 Session 1: Setting the scene: what do we know about opportunities to  support linkages between agriculture, health and tourism
This session 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 looked at successful models in other parts of the world and what could of interest to Vanuatu agritourism policy.

Moderator: Vanuatu

  • Setting the scene: A agritourism policy for Vanuatu
    Howard Aru, Director General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Vanuatu
  • Global trends and evolution of agritourism and food tourism
    Isolina Boto, Manager and project leader for regional trade, CTA
  • Overview of the Caribbean and Latin American best practices
    Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean [presentation]
  • Best practices in agribusiness development in the Pacific
    Mereia Volavola, CEO, PIPSO [presentation]
  • Overview of the agritourism initiatives in the Pacific
    Cheryl Thomas, Policy Research Officer, Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP), SPC [presentation]

Moderated discussion on key messages for Vanuatu context (45 mn)

 The Vanuatu context: opportunities for agritourism development
This session looked at the Vanuatu context.  It aimed to reach a better common understanding of the opportunities in agritourism in Vanuatu. It also  assessed the situation in the key areas important to set up an agritourism policy.

Moderator: Vanuatu

  • Overview of main agricultural and fisheries fresh and processed products with potential for the tourism-related markets
    Jimmy Andeng, Operations Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Overview of tourism development
    Robert Avio, Second Political Advisor, Ministry of Tourism, Vanuatu [presentation]
  • Opportunities and requirements for tourist markets
    Ruth Amos, Manager of Food Centre, Ministry of Trade, Vanuatu [report | presentation]
  • Supplying certified fresh and added value food to the hospitality sector
    Cornelia Wyllie, Vanuatu Direct
  • Experiences in engaging farmers with the tourism sector
    Oliver Lato, Farm Support Association [presentation]

 The Vanuatu context: linking nutrition and health for quality food

  • Health and nutrition: the case of NCDs in Vanuatu
    Myriam Abel, WHO technical advisor to Health Promotion and NCD unit, Department of Public Health  [presentation]
    John Tasserei, Officer In Charge (OIC), Health Promotion Unit, Department of Public Health 
  • Nutrition and health: promoting healthy food and policies to improve diet quality
    Tim Martyn, FAO Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific Islands, Samoa [presentation]
  • Experiences from organic production and Pacific Tourism & Hospitality Standard
    Nambo Moses, Chairman, POETCom [presentation]
  • Experiences from the Caribbean on nutrition and health focus on agritourism markets
    Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean [presentation]

General moderated discussion on agriculture, tourism and health

Working groups in each of the 3 areas identified  key elements of the strategy/policy on agritourism and proposed actions.

Thursday 26 May 2016

Summary of Day 2 [PDF]

 Session 2: Promoting agritourism through value addition, quality branded products

    Feedback from the working groups

    Promoting quality and safe products
This session discussed key areas to promote quality and safe products needed for the tourism-markets and will present specific examples of success.

  • Meeting food safety standards to upgrade
    Henry Sanday, Private sector Development Advisor, MSG
  • Certification processes for creating a sustainable supply chain
    Karen Mapusua, Coordinator, POETCom
  • Branding and labeling: focus on nutritional values
    Ministry of Trade
  • Branding quality Vanuatu products: developments ahead
    Adela Aru, Principal Product Development Officer, Manager of Vanuatu Tourism
  • Linking farmers to agribusiness for quality products: the case of Tanna coffee
    Terry Adlington, Managing Director, Tanna Coffee, Vanuatu
  • Value chain training to build sustainable continuity of supply to meet demand: Lessons learned from the Caribbean
    Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean  [presentation]

Working groups discussed the three areas and the needed elements to establish a platform promoting in linkages between Heath, Agriculture and Tourism

Presentation in plenary and discussion

 Friday 27 May 2016

Summary of Day 3 [PDF]

 Session 3: Celebrating Vanuatu Food and Cuisine

Chefs for Development: the link between agriculture & cuisine

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

  • Best practices and new opportunities in sourcing local food by the Chefs
    Chef Christopher Bulememe, Vanuatu Culinary Chefs Association
  • Chefs for Development: linking Chefs and other agribusiness actors
    Mereia Volavola, PIPSO; Isolina Boto, CTA; Ena Harvey, IICA

Discussions with other Chefs, farmers, Experts form the various Ministries.

  Promoting Food festivals and Food celebrations

 Concrete examples were presented which could inspire the Agritourism Week.

 Developing the Agritourism Policy Framework
Based on previous input and discussions in working groups, this session looked at the main elements to establish an Agritourism policy. It also designed the format of the Week of agritourism to be held later in the year and to become an annual national event.

Conclusion—Moderator provided concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

  Closure

Eight years of agricultural policy engagement at the Brussels Briefings

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A review of policy issues and challenges facing agriculture and rural development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries from 2007 until 2015 is now available in multimedia DVD and USB stick.

Knowledge and policy dialogue are a prerequisite for Brussels-based actors engaged in ACP agriculture to be able to better respond to emerging challenges. To help meet this need, CTA has just released a new multimedia pack that reviews key documents and highlights from the Brussels Development Briefings spanning eight years.

Including more than 30 background research documents (‘readers’), the pack aims to provide insight from experts, decision makers and key actors, in a format that contributes to knowledge sharing amongst the development community in Brussels and beyond. Other resources include expert presentations and videos from each briefing, policy briefs and a series of infographics reflecting the most pressing policy issues and developments in agriculture, trade and rural development in ACP countries.

Contents are presented under five themes, including resilience for food and nutrition security, trade and investment, climate change and sustainable use of resources, drivers of agricultural transformation and blue economy. This collection concludes a yearlong project involving annual reviews of the key documents and materials from the past Brussels Development Briefings, from their inception in 2007 until 2015.

“Participants in the Briefings consistently rate the range and availability of resources at our events very highly. We are confident that the new format and revised content of the multimedia pack will build on the popularity and success of the previous edition”, said Isolina Boto of the previous edition of the DVD, released in 2012.

The new edition is now available in the form of a USB stick and can be ordered through the CTA Publications website (shipping is currently only available to ACP countries).

The Brussels Development Briefings are jointly organised by CTA, the European Commission/Europaid, the ACP Secretariat, Concord and other development partners.

Resources

Learn more about the Brussels Development Briefings
Order your USB stick “Promoting agriculture and trade policies for sustainable food systems: the Brussels Development Briefings multimedia pack” (shipping only available to ACP countries)

Stay connected

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3rd PAFO Continental Briefing Advancing African agriculture through agribusiness development

3rd PAFO Continental Briefing

Advancing African agriculture through agribusiness development

28-29 November 2015, Durban, South Africa

 Organised by the Panafrican Farmer’s Organisations (PAFO) and the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Organised in the context of the GFIA

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This Briefing is linked to the Brussels Briefings organized by the CTA, EC/DGDEVCO, ACP Group and Concord every two months on key issues related to agriculture in ACP countries.

The continent’s leaders have renewed their commitment to transforming agriculture as a driver of job creation, improved incomes, and access to nutritious food.  The Heads of State and Government of the African Union met at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 26-27 June 2014, on the Theme of the African Year of Agriculture and Food Security: “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods through Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, also marking the tenth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)”. The Malabo Declaration highlights Commitment to Enhancing Investment Finance, both public and private, to agriculture, and creates and enhances necessary appropriate policy and institutional conditions and support systems for facilitation of private investment in agriculture, agri-business and agro-industries, by giving priority to local investors.
The need to transform the African agri-business sector is a development challenge as it involves small-scale and family farmers who are the largest private investors into African agriculture.
Promoting innovative business models in African countries opens up new business opportunities, helps raise efficiency and advances national economic development. However, only a few agribusiness companies pursue the goal of sustainable agriculture, with a view to improving local and regional food production and trade. More analysis needs to be carried out into the successes on the ground of those companies, and into ways of upscaling them through new transformative partnerships.

The Briefing objectives are to: (i) highlight the key opportunities in agribusiness development favourable to the farmer’s organisations; (ii) promote sustainable and inclusive PPPs in support of agribusiness development; and (iii) identify new opportunities in data and ICTs in support of agribusiness and agricultural development in the continent.

This Briefing will feed into the GFIA Conference to be held in Durban on 1-3 December 2015.


Programme & Background Note

Photos

Biodata of speakers 

Additional Resources:

– Reader: In depth research document from the Brussels Development Briefings on  Agricultural Transformation in Africa,  Value Chains Finance, and Data Revolution for Agriculture

– Resources on PPP

Launch of the Food Security Portal for Africa South of the Sahara

 

*** Programme ***

Saturday 28 November

 13h00-14h45   Registration

15h00-15h15   Welcome and introductory remarks: Theo de Jager, President, PAFO; Michael Hailu, Director, CTA.

15h15-17h30 Session: Successes from farmer’s-led business  

 This session will present some of the cases of farmer’s led business which have been documented by the FOs since the last PAFO Briefing held in Nairobi in July 2014. In some cases, linkages have been made with the financial institutions. The session will also identify new opportunities to move forward this agenda.

Chair: Theo de Jager, President, PAFO

Context and achievements: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA [Presentation]
– East Africa (Oromia Coffee, Ethopia; Nucafe Coffee, Igara Tea, Kapchorwa District farmers association, Uganda; and Limuru dairy co-operative Kenya) EAFF

– West Africa (Fédération des Professionnels Agricoles du Burkina (FEPA-B) on maize; La Fédération des unions des coopératives des producteurs du Niger (FUCOPRI) on rice) ROPPA

– Central Africa (FNEC on livestock in Central Africa; ABBON on soya in Congo; Sooopmata in Cameroon for cassava) PROPAC

 Discussion

  Sunday 29 November

 9h00-11h00 Session : New opportunities for Agribusiness development

This panel will discuss the drivers of agribusiness development in EU and regional markets favourable to farmers’ organisations and new market opportunities. It will bring perspectives from policy makers, private sector and finance.

Chair: Philip Kiriro, President, EAFF

– Agricultural trade, regional integration and new opportunities for agribusiness
Mmatlou Kalaba, International Trade Economist, Pretoria University [Presentation]

– Successes from the African private sector in the development of agribusiness
Daniel Gad, Managing Director, Omega Farms & Ethiopian Horticulture Co-operative

– Regional trade and agribusiness development: the experience in the COMESA region
George Magai, Director of Trade and Markets for ACTESA, COMESA [Presentation]

– The perspective of input suppliers
Erick Rajaonary, CEO, Guanomad [Presentation|Video|Guanomad]

 Discussion

11h15-13h00 Session: New opportunities for Agribusiness development through improved financing

This panel will discuss the drivers of agribusiness development in EU and regional markets favourable to farmers’ organisations and new market opportunities. It will bring perspectives from policy makers, private sector and finance.

– Opportunities in the EU Market for agrifood products and PPPs
Francis Fay, Head of Unit for ACP Policy, European Commission/DG Agriculture and Rural Development, ACP Countries and Development Issues [Presentation]

– Financing agribusiness: new trends and opportunities
Elias Masilela,Executive Chairman, DNA Economics

– Innovative funding for agribusiness SMEs
Francois Stepman, Platform for African – European Partnership in ARD [Presentation]

14h00- 16h00 Session: Data-driven farming, Big data and Precision Agriculture 

This session will look at new opportunities offered by Big data and ICTs successful applications to farmers in various areas supporting agribusiness. The session will also map specific gaps and needs which need to be addressed for farmer‘s organisations.

Chair: Theo de Jager, President, PAFO

– Open data for agriculture: new opportunities for farmers
Andre Laperrierre, Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) [Presentation|GODAN]

– Precision agriculture: a reality for Smallholder farmers?
Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge management  [Presentation]

– Agriconnexions: A new ICT approach to supporting Farmers Organisation services
Getaw Tadesse, Researcher, IFPRI [Presentation|Executive Summary]

-Agricultural Data and the Food Security Portal (FSP-SSA)
Summer Allen, Research Coordinator, Markets, Trends and Institutions,  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) [Presentation|FSP-SSA]

Discussion

16h15- 17h30 Session: The way forward 

Action plan to promote Agribusiness and PPPs favourable to farmers organisations.  [Presentation]

 Conclusions and Closure

2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum: Expanding markets

Promoting regional trade and agribusiness development in the Caribbean

2nd Caribbean Agribusiness Forum

STRENGTHENING THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR and EXPANDING MARKETS

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Organised by CTA, IICA, CABA in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management and Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA)

Organised in the context of the Caribbean-Pacific Agri-Food Forum

5-6 November 2015, Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC)

Two Mile Hill, BB11093, Barbados

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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 also brings some experiences from the Caribbean through the Intra ACP Agricultural Policy Programme

As part of CTA’s work on promoting regional trade through agribusiness development, various activities have been carried out in support of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

At the ACP-EU policy level, a Brussels Development Briefing was held on Building resilience of SIDS through trade and agribusiness development in July 2014 organised y CTA, the European Commission, The ACP Secretariat and Concord leading to the Private Sector Partnership Forum at SIDS Conference in Samoa.

The 1st Caribbean Agribusiness Forum was organised by CTA and IICA in the Caribbean in November 2014 on Enhancing regional trade and adding value to Caribbean agrifood products looking at the potential offered by the tourism-related markets. Subsequently a study on Agribusiness Development – Strengthening agritourism potential in the Caribbean was commissioned looking at 11 successful businesses cases in 5 countries. In 2015, a partnership has been developed with the Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA) and a joint application for and EU grant on agribusiness developed for 2015-2016.

 As a strategic partnership between CTA and the Pacific Island Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) launched at the Samoa SIDS Conference, the 1st Pacific Agribusiness Forum organised by CTA, PIPSO and SPC was held in Fiji in July 2015 on Linking the Agrifood sector to the tourism-related markets aimed at Strengthening the agrifood sector through agribusiness development and the identification of new market opportunities. For the first time, experts from the Indian Ocean shared their experience.

The Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA), the ACP-EU Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in collaboration with key partners in the Caribbean region, are promoting agribusiness in the region at export and regional markets. They also promote successes which strengthen sustainable and inclusive development practices and link agriculture and tourism industries with the view of upscaling and replicating best cases and learn from them.

The Forum’s objectives include: (i) to promote agribusiness development in SIDS by sharing successful business cases; (ii) identify tangible opportunities in new markets; (iii) Promote linkages between the agrifood sector and the tourism industry to increase sustainable local sourcing; (iv) Identify support needed to strengthen relations between chain actors and tourism industry.

New ! articles on agribusiness in the Caribbean and the Pacific

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Programme & Background Note

Photos

Biodata of speakers

Resources

Additional materials:

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

Capacity4Dev: Blog – Building Resilience of Small Island Economies

Interviews:

Additional media coverage: caribbean360.com ; stluciatimes.com ; caribbeannewsnow.com ; antiguatimes.com ; dtwonline.com ; lenouvelliste.com ; nowgrenada.com ; CaribVision youtube; dailypost.vu ; unitednews.sr ; caribnewsdesk.com ; bajanreporter.comiwnsvg.com ; caribnewsdesk.com ; jamaica-gleaner.com ; agricorner.com ; barbadosadvocate.com and see more via cta.int

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*** Programme ***

Thursday 5th November 2015

 8h30-9h00         Media Briefing 

9h00-9h20         Opening remarks

Mikael Barfod, Head of the European Union Delegation to the Eastern Caribbean Countries, the OECS, CARICOM and CARIFORUM; Diego Montenegro, Director of Management and Regional Integration, IICA; Vassel Stewart, President, CABA;  Michael Hailu, Director, CTA; 

 9h30-11h00 Policy Forum: Opportunities to support agribusiness in the ACP-EU cooperation instruments

 This high-level policy panel will provide the ACP-EU policy context in support of agribusiness and private sector development in SIDS and the new opportunities offered by the 11th EDF to the ACP SMEs. It will highlight the instruments facilitating trade and market access.  It will discuss regulatory issues of importance to agribusiness and new opportunities.

Moderator: Michael Hailu, Director of CTA

– Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of Vanuatu to the EU
– Len Ishmael, Ambassador, Eastern Caribbean States (ECS) to the EU and coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform
– Pamela Coke-Hamilton, Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
– Junior Lodge, Team Leader, ACP TBT Programme
– Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agribusiness Association (CABA)

11h15-13h00     Panel 1: Opportunities in regional and international markets
This panel will feature opportunities in the regional market and in export markets. In the regional market focus is placed on the fast food/quick service restaurant industry and in the fruits and vegetable industry, whilst in the export market focus is placed on opportunities in fresh produce market for EU and other countries for both fresh and processed foods.

Moderator: Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agri-business Association (CABA)

– Opportunities to reduce utilization of imports in the regional fast food/quick Service restaurant industry
Vassel Stewart, President, Caribbean Agri-business Association (CABA)

– Opportunities to replace imported of fruits and vegetables in CARICOM
Jai Rampersad, Agribusiness Expert, Bunny Imports Exports Ltd., Trinidad and Tobago

– Opportunities in export markets: the case of fresh produce to Holland
Janak P. Gafar, Owner, Hilo Import, The Netherlands

– Opportunities in agribusiness for coconut products from the Pacific
Hobart Va’ai, Samoa Chamber of Commerce & Industry

– Opportunities in the EU Market for agrifood products and PPPs
Dorian Filote, International Relations Officer, European Commission/DG Agriculture and Rural Development, ACP Countries and Development Issues

– Finance opportunities in support of agribusiness
Noemi Perez, President & CEO,Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST)

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions.

  14h00-16h15    Panel 2: Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in priority industries. Strategies for scaling up

Moderator: Keith Amiel, CABA Director, Jamaica

 Opportunities in the Roots and Tubers industry
The cassava industry is considered to hold tremendous opportunities for agribusiness development in the Region. Presenters will focus on opportunities in the bakery, feed and beverage industries and strategies been implemented by the development agencies in creating the environment for the private sector to exploit these opportunities.

– Vassel Stewart, Trinidad & Tobago Agribusiness Association
R.Deep Ford, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Caribbean
– Janelle Fletcher, Production/ Product Development Manager, Armag Manufacturing, Armag Farms Ltd, Barbados
– Jethro Greene, Chief Coordinator, Caribbean Farmers Network (CAFAN)

 Opportunities in Herbs and Spices
The Caribbean has always had a reputation for producing world class herbs and spices products. The herbs and spices industry has been identified as another industry for development in the region led CABA which offers renewed opportunities in added-value markets in regional and international markets.

– Winston Stona, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Busha Browne/Walkers Wood Caribbean Foods, Jamaica
– Riyad Mohammed, Manager, Baron Foods Ltd, St Lucia
– David Picking, Researcher, Natural Products Institute, University of the West Indies

 Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

 16h30-18h15     Panel 3: Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in tourism-related markets.

 Opportunities for agrifood in tourism-related markets

Moderator: Ena Harvey, IICA Representative, Barbados, Agritourism Expert
This panel will review business successes and opportunities in tourist-related markets in quality products, branding and value creation. They will highlight the model and next steps to expand the business.

– Ian McNeel, Director, Slow Food Barbados
– Terry Addlington, Managing Director, Tanna coffee, Vanuatu
– Shadel Nyack Compton, Managing Director, Belmont Estate, Grenada
– Sylvie Salanoa, Mailelani Samoa
– Keith Amiel, CABA Director, Jamaica

Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

Friday 6th November 2015

  8h30-9h00         Media Briefing

9h00-10h30       Panel 3: Promoting agribusiness through value addition and product diversification in tourist-related markets (cont’d).

Opportunities for fisheries in tourism-related markets
This session will show various models and new opportunities of linkages between the fisheries and tourism sectors based on successes in export and regional markets. It will highlight new markets and innovative products with value added.

Moderator: Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

– Keith Andre, Business owner and Skipper/fisherman, Seychelles
– Jimi Jones, Jimsan Aquaponice Farm, Belize
– James Ince, Spice Isle Seafood, Grenada
– Paul Christian Ryan, Managing Director/ Owner at Vate Ocean Gardens Ltd., Pacific
– Bernard Monnaie, Head of Business Program, University of Seychelles
– Iris Monnereau, Centre for Resource Management and Environment Studies, University of West Indies, Barbados

 10h45-13h00 Panel 4: Chefs for Development: The link between agriculture & cuisine
There is a 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. Experience of Chefs from the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean in sourcing with local farmers and promoting local cuisine will be presented. The food tourism industry will also be discussed as a major economic sector worldwide and for the region.

Moderator: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

 – Trends and opportunities in food tourism and gastronomy
Erik Wolff, President, World Food Travel Association (WFTA)

Panel:

– Robert Oliver, Chef, author and television presenter of Real Pasifik, Pacific
– Dora Rossi, Paddles Restaurant, Samoa
– Alberta Vitale, Associate Director, Women in Business Dev. (WIBDI), Samoa
– Stephan Berrouet Durand,  Executive Chef, President, Haitian Culinary Alliance
– Dane Saddler, Executive Chef, Caribbean Villa Chefs, Barbados
– Chef Henderson Butcher, DIVI Southwinds, Barbados Culinary Team
– Chef Peter Edey, Barbados
– Richard Mathiot, Executive Chef, Seychelles

 Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

 14h00-15h30     Panel 5: Data-driven agribusiness and maximizing use of ICTs
This panel will discuss business data needed and used by producers, SMEs and agribusiness and the use of new opportunities offered by ICTs. Some insights on the role of open data and new technologies to acquire data will be shared as well as linking to the role of mobile applications to use and build new data sources.

Moderator: Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge Management

– Vassel Stewart, President, CABA
– Alison DeGraff,  Participatory GIS, University of West Indies
– Bheshem Ramlal, Open Data, University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
– Matthew Mc Naughton, Slashroots, Trinidad and Tobago
– Leonard Seale, Secretary and Marketing Officer, Addis Alem cooperative, Barbados
– Guy Morel, Principal Consultant,  SGM and Partners Consulting and  Jose Guerreio, Deputy Director Extension Services, Seychelles
– Alisi Tuqa, Programme Officer, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Fiji

 Conclusion—Moderator provides concluding remarks focusing on agreed future actions

 15h45-17h00 Scaling Up Session
|This final session will look at realizing the potential of PPPs and agribusiness development through a common agenda for action and exploit the opportunities which would have been identified.

– Vassel Stewart, President, CABA
– Ena Harvey, IICA Representative, Barbados, Agritourism Expert
– Chris Addison, Senior Coordinator, Knowledge Management
– Ken Lohento, Coordinator, Youth and ICTs

17h00   Closure

– Diego Montenegro, Director of Management and Regional Integration, IICA
– Dorian Filote, International Relations Officer, European Commission/DG Agriculture and Rural Development, ACP Countries and Development Issues
– Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office

 

BB43: Emerging donors & rising powers in ACP agriculture

The Brussels Briefing on the subject of “Emerging donors and rising powers in agriculture in ACP countries” took place on Tuesday 27 October 2015 from 9:00h to 13:00h at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Brussels, Room C ).

The Briefing discussed the key challenges and new opportunities to enhance South-South and Triangular cooperation. The Briefing : i) reviewed successes and the lessons learned from research and practice; ii) promoted the exchange of information on best practices and drivers of success; iii) fed into the debate various perspectives on policy options. It reviewed the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice. It looked at examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

Trade between Africa and non-African developing countries grew from USD 283 billion in 2008, to USD 595 billion a year by 2012   and developing countries’ exports to Africa have increased in the last 15 years from 26 to 43 per cent, while their imports from Africa have grown from 33 to 50 per cent.   This year’s African Economic Outlook considers Africa’s surge in relations with “emerging partners”, who now sit at the top tables of economic decision making alongside “traditional partners” from Europe and North America.

New! on the subject of South-South & triangular cooperation

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Programme & Background Note

Reader

Photos 

Highlights (coming soon)

Biodata of speakers

Resources & Glossary

Video of the Briefing

Publications:

– CIRAD and CTA. 2015. “The emerging countries in Africa south of the Sahara in the agricultural sector. Analysis of trade relations” Report no. 1/6

– CIRAD and CTA. 2015. “Synthèse des quatre études de cas sur les interventions de la Chine dans le secteur agricole en Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopie, Sénégal et Togo” Report no. 2/6[FR]

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Introduction: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [Video]

Introductory remarks: Patrick.I. Gomes, Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States [Video]; Bernard Rey, Deputy Head of Unit DEVCO/C1, Food security, rural development, nutrition EuropeAid, European Commission [Video]; Jean-Cyril Dagallier, Scientific Directorate, CIRAD; Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [Video]

Panel 1: South-South and triangular cooperation: what do we know?

This panel reviewed the key challenges and opportunities in South-South cooperation in agriculture and the lessons learned from research and practice.

Chair: Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office [Video]

– Is there a Chinese cooperation model in agricultural sector in sub Saharan Africa?

Jean-Jacques Gabas, Senior Researcher, CIRAD [Presentation|Video]

– Cooperation between Brazil and Africa on agriculture : best practices

Erich Schaitza, Expert, EMBRAPA, Brazil [Presentation|Video]

– Working with China in the Pacific: prospects for trilateral cooperation

Denghua Zhang, Researcher, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme, Coral Bell School, Australian National University [Presentation|Video]

– Triangular cooperation and PPPs : the key role of the private sector

Jéremy Rubel, Senior Consultant. Gannibal Consulting, France [Presentation|Video]

Questions and Answers [Video]

Panel 2: Best approaches and partnerships in South-South cooperation

This panel looked at examples of successes in South-South and triangular partnerships across the ACP.

Chair: Eric Tollens, Chair of the CTA Executive Board [Video]

– Food Purchase Programme (PAA) in support of Food and nutrition security

Vincent Martin, FAO Representative, Senegal [Presentation|Video]

– Best practices in South-South and triangular cooperation with Mexico

Carlos Cortés Zea, Expert, Mexico [Presentation|Video]

– Triangular cooperation in support of conservation agriculture

Saidi Mkomwa, Executive Secretary, African Conservation Tillage Network, Kenya [Presentation|Video]

– East-Africa-India cooperation : new opportunities for farmers in ICTs

Paul Thangatta, EAFF, Kenya [Presentation|Video]

– South-South cooperation in the cashew industry in Africa

Mary Adzanyo, Director Private Sector Development, GIZ, (ACi), Burkina Faso [Presentation|Video]

Questions and Answers [Video]