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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2016: Sakiusa Tubuna (IFAD) - Regional perspective on opportunities/ experiences to support Agritourism development and investment

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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Worskhop 2016
Linking Agriculture and Tourism through Policy setting:
Strengthening the local agrifood sector and promoting agritourism

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

Apia, Samoa, 13-16 December 2016

Published in: Government & Nonprofit
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Samoa Agritourism Policy Setting Workshop 2016: Sakiusa Tubuna (IFAD) - Regional perspective on opportunities/ experiences to support Agritourism development and investment

  1. 1. IFAD Pacific Islands Partnership Strategy • Two strategic objectives: (i) Promoting production, consumption, marketing of and import-substitution with locally grown/indigenous foods in environmentally sustainable ways (ii) Increasing farm&non-farm income generating and employment opportunities. • Focus on isolated areas facing hardship (e.g. atolls, outer islands and upland and marginal areas) • Prioritizing women, youth and disadvantaged communities • Promoting participatory approaches/CDD as project delivery mechanism
  2. 2. IFAD’s programmes in the Pacific: areas of engagement •Community development, (grass root) institutional building, local governance systems • Social and economic empowerment of disadvantaged groups, women and the youth •Food and nutrition security and import-subsitution of processed foods with locally grown and indigenous food systems and crops •High value niche markets of local products, organic certification and inclusive value chain development •Climate change adaptation, relience building, and disaster risk prevention& mitigation
  3. 3. Lessons learned •Communities in remote rural areas can find solutions to the challenges they face when provided with adequate facilitation, clear guidance and support. •Building on traditional knowledge and working through local institutions and social structures is effective to community empowerment, engaging youth and women, and strengthening competitiveness of local foods in markets. •Partnerships with local/regional NGOs/CSOs and farmer/regional organizations are instrumental to designing and implementing socially and culturally appropriate interventions and build capacity of regional and in-country stakeholders •Leveraging private investment in agriculture, including through PPPs, enable smallholders respond to market opportunities, achieve economies of scale, develop skills, and reduce transaction costs.
  4. 4. Potential Areas of Engagement •Need to work with existing farmer organisations such as PIFON. • Consolidate existing partnerships with other agencies such as PIPSO and CTA. •Develop and Implement Organic Standards through POETcom. •Share Best practices from other countries such as Tonga and Solomon Islands. •Financing available from IFAD to be requested by the Government of Samoa.
  5. 5. Thank you for your attention

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