Multi-stakeholder Communiqué to the 2nd Pacific Week of Agriculture Ministerial Delegation

Year of Publication: 2019-10-23

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This communiqué was presented to Pacific Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry who are meeting in Apia on Friday, 4 October. It presents key focus areas and findings from the PWA Side events organized by CTA and partners during the 2nd PWA in Apia.

Over 75 delegates representing government officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Fisheries, Health, community-based and farmers’ organisations, agri-enterprises, academia, banks, development partners, technology service providers from primarily Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu met at the Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel, from 30 September to 03 October and reflected on critical issues impacting the sustainability of Pacific agri-food systems for improved incomes and nutrition outcomes.

The delegates reviewed priority actions that have been validated at national and regional levels and co-designed investment plans for leveraging the development of Pacific Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains that can improve access to nutritious and safe foods and enhance incomes; especially for rural households and communities.

The four priority intervention areas are: a) Nutrition & Incomes – Pacific traditional foods to positively impact nutrition and incomes b) Finance – Novel approaches to accessing finance and rural financial service provision c) ICT – Transforming agricultural systems and in enhancing value chain efficiency and competitiveness of agri-enterprises d) Weather Risk Insurance – Reducing risks to farmers and other value chain actors