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Programme: Value Chain Workshop at #PWA2017


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Programme of the Value Chain Workshop, organised by CTA, IFAD and PIPSO at the 2017 Pacific Week of Agriculture.

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Programme: Value Chain Workshop at #PWA2017

  1. 1. PROMOTING NUTRITIOUS FOOD SYSTEMS IN THE PACIFIC PRIORITY VALUE CHAIN COORDINATION/ AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION PLATFORMS Melanesian Hotel, Port Vila, Vanuatu Room: The Melanesian Tuesday, 17th October 2017 (PM) & Wednesday, 18th October 2017 (AM)
  2. 2. Context CTA with matching funding from IFAD and in collaboration with PIPSO is implementing the Project “Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands with a focus on Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu”. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island Governments, farmer and private sector organizations, and sub- regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilize financing, that can increase poor rural people’s access to nutritious and healthy food. An essential component of the project is the establishment and operationalization of the value chain coordinating/ agricultural innovation (VCC/ AI) platform to facilitate networking, knowledge exchange and interactive learning among actors to enhance value chain performance. In 2017, within the framework of the project, a study was commissioned to analyse priority ‘nutrition sensitive’ value chains in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, map the actors and identify the constraints and opportunities, taking into consideration the perspectives of farmers. This study was complemented by the documentation of lessons learned from targeted VC analysis training of farmers and other value chain actors throughout the Pacific. In addition, the online value chain coordinating/ agricultural innovation (VCC/AI) platform was designed and developed and is ready to be tested. The virtual platform will be supported by face-to-face capacity building and networking sessions; nationally and regionally. This interactive PWA side event will be used to build the foundation for fostering shared commitment among actors to joint actions that enhance VC performance and provide sustainable income and growth opportunities for farmers and other value chain actors in the Pacific. More specifically mechanisms for improving coordination and spurring innovation in policy and practice for upgrading Pacific priority value chains will be explored. Delegates will discuss the results and lessons learned from VC studies, identify capacity needs of key stakeholders, reflect on the principles, processes for strengthening collaboration and building trust among VC actors, as well as pilot-test, and evaluate the VCC/AI online platform. The outcomes will be used to: address any functional deficiencies and finalise the principles and process for operationalising the VCC/AI platform and design the capacity development programme to support the process.
  3. 3. Programme Time Day 1: 17th October, 14:00 – 18:00 13:30 – 14:00 Light Lunch 14:00 - 14:15 Registration 14:15 - 14:30 Remarks Chair - Michael Hailu, Director CTA, The Netherlands Ron Hartman IFAD Country Director Indonesia and the Pacific. Alisi Tuqa, Chief Executive Officer (Ag), PIPSO, Fiji 14:30 - 14:45 Opening Address Pacific Value Chain Development: A Priority for the European Commission - Perspectives and Opportunities Patrick Polacsek, EU Delegation, Fiji 14:45 - 15:00 Discussion 15:00 - 15:15 Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific – Overview of the CTA/ IFAD/ PIPSO Project and Principles of the VCC/AI Platform Judith Ann Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy & Project Leader, CTA, The Netherlands 15:20 - 15:30 Discussion 15:30 - 15:50 Priority ‘Nutrition Sensitive’ Value Chains in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu – Constraints and Opportunities Lavinia Kaumaitotoya, Programme Manager, Pacific Islands Farmers Organisation (PIFON)
  4. 4. Time Day 1: 17th October, 14:00 – 18:00 Andrew McGregor, Value Chain Consultant and Agricultural Economist, Fiji 15:50 - 16:00 Discussion 16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break 16:30 - 16:45 PIFON Video – ‘Value Chain Training and Lessons Learned’ Kyle Stice, Manager, PIFON, Fiji 16:45 - 17:00 Launch of the Online VCC/ AI Platform Pier Andrea Pirani, Consultant, Malaysia 17:00 - 17:30 Learning from IFAD Projects in Fiji and Solomon Islands and Building Synergies Tevita Ravumaidama, Project Manager Partnership in High Value Agriculture Project(PHVA), Fiji Mark Johnston, Project Component Manager, Rural Development Programme, Solomon Islands Soane Patolo, Project Manager, Tonga Rural Innovation Project (TRIP), Tonga 17:30 - 17:45 Discussion 17:45 - 18:00 Closing remarks – PIPSO, IFAD, CTA Time Day 2: 18th October: 8:30 – 14:00 8:30 - 8:45 Recap of Day 1 & Principles and Processes for Operationalizing the VCC/AI Platform Judith Ann Francis, Senior Programme Coordinator, Science and Technology Policy, CTA, The Netherlands 8:45 - 9:00 Discussion
  5. 5. Time Day 2: 18th October: 8:30 – 14:00 9:00 - 12:30 Working Group Sessions – Capacity Development Needs Assessment Co-Facilitators: Peter Walton and Pier Andrea, Consultants 9:00 - 10:00 Session 1: Online VCC/AI Platform Exploring Platform Functionalities 10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break 10:30 - 12:00 Session 2: Value Chain Development and Coordination and Training Needs Establishing Functional and Effective VCC/AI National and Regional Nodes 12:00 - 12:30 Feedback and Wrap-up 12:30 - 14:00 Lunch