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Presented by:
Andrew Nihopara
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Culture & Tourism
Solomon Islands
18th October 2017
AGENDA
• Quick Review
• Current Status
• Case for Agritourism in SI
QUICK REVIEW
• Government Policies:
• Agriculture – Policy ?? / Agriculture Act 1972
• Tourism – New Policy supports ‘Poli...
CURRENT STATUS
• Agriculture contribution to SI Economy – 30+% of GDP
• Tourism contribution to SI Economy – 6% of GDP
The Farm to Table
• USP Scoping - 2014
• Key Findings
• Agritourism – happening in pockets / Small scale
• Major hotels st...
General and Organic Farming
• Kastom Garden Network
• Current practitioner – Zaina Ti Na Organic Farm
• General Agricultur...
Challenges
• Lack of Policy cohesion / Coherence – (linking Tourism,
Environment, Agriculture – women and youth
developmen...
Opportunities
• Development of a Policy framework to support and drive
the concept – CTA support
• Test the concept with c...
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Pacific Week of Agriculture 2017 Agritourism Workshop - Andrew Nihopara "Opportunities in agritourism: Perspective from The Solomon Islands"

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NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN THE AGRITOURISM SECTOR IN THE PACIFIC
In the context of the 1st Pacific Week of Agriculture (#PWA2017)
Port-Vila, Vanuatu, 18th October, 14h00-17h30
Melanesian Hotel, Room The Melanesian, Port Vila, Vanuatu
Organised by the Government of Vanuatu , PIPSO, SPTO, IFAD and CTA
Since 2014, CTA, PIPSO and key partners in the Pacific region have been highlighting the potential of tourism markets for local farmers and other value chain actors. A special focus is put into strengthening agritourism at the 1st Pacific Week of Agriculture organised by Vanuatu on 16-20th October 2017. In this context, PIPSO, SPTO, CTA, IFAD and other partners will organise:

A focused agritourism workshop to share lessons learned and take stock on progress made in serving tourism markets in selected countries to be held on 18th October (14:00-17:30).
A chefs training session. As part of joint SPTO/PIPSO/CTA efforts to promote food tourism in the Pacific region, support Pacific cuisine branding and enhance local chef’s skills in sourcing locally, we will also organise a two day chefs training on 19-20th October 2017.

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Pacific Week of Agriculture 2017 Agritourism Workshop - Andrew Nihopara "Opportunities in agritourism: Perspective from The Solomon Islands"

  1. 1. Presented by: Andrew Nihopara Permanent Secretary Ministry of Culture & Tourism Solomon Islands 18th October 2017
  2. 2. AGENDA • Quick Review • Current Status • Case for Agritourism in SI
  3. 3. QUICK REVIEW • Government Policies: • Agriculture – Policy ?? / Agriculture Act 1972 • Tourism – New Policy supports ‘Policy Coherence’ with other sectors including tourism • Pockets of establishments already exist • Heritage Park Hotel with West Guadalcanal Famers • Small scale growers – out-sketch of Honiara • Link is basically non-existent in Provinces except with eggs, and seafood products • Scoping Study conducted by USP on ‘Farm to Table’ Concept – 2014
  4. 4. CURRENT STATUS • Agriculture contribution to SI Economy – 30+% of GDP • Tourism contribution to SI Economy – 6% of GDP
  5. 5. The Farm to Table • USP Scoping - 2014 • Key Findings • Agritourism – happening in pockets / Small scale • Major hotels still purchasing most meat products off shore • Inconsistency in supply and quality of products • Season-dependent products – inconsistency in supplies • Lack of availability of land for large scale • Huge potential exist – Needs policy framework • Existing pockets of linkages • Small scale growers links with restaurants / hotels • Need for a coordinated approach between all stakeholders
  6. 6. General and Organic Farming • Kastom Garden Network • Current practitioner – Zaina Ti Na Organic Farm • General Agricultural product – Fruits, vegetables supply to Heritage Park Hotel • Egg suppliers – Shops and restaurants / Cruise ships
  7. 7. Challenges • Lack of Policy cohesion / Coherence – (linking Tourism, Environment, Agriculture – women and youth development • Support framework required – Coordination and implementation mechanisms • Lacks Incentives to drive the concept
  8. 8. Opportunities • Development of a Policy framework to support and drive the concept – CTA support • Test the concept with current initiatives • Pilot the concept with a tourism establishment and a community – draw on current success stories • Draw up project to seek DP partnership under existing programmes THANK YOU

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