PWA SAMOA 2019
Thursday 26th September 2019
The Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is excited to announce the Second Biennial Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) in Apia on the theme “Enhanced partnerships for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Systems in the Pacific.” Samoa will be working in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to facilitate the PWA from the 30 September - 4 October 2019 at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Conference Centre, Apia.
PWA will include the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services Meeting from 1 – 2 October, followed by the second joint Ministerial Meeting of the Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry on 4 October 2019.The week will provide knowledge sharing platforms through side events hosted around Apia by Regional
and International organizations such as Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, International Coconut Community, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Solomon Island, University of the South Pacific, Pacific Islands Farmers Organisation Network, Pacific Soil Partnership, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, International fund for Agricultural Development, Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation, Development Bank of Samoa.
These side events will include some of the following thematic areas: – Coconuts for Life-Partnerships for coconut Rescue and Development, Exploring research partnerships for agriculture resilience, Food and Nutritional security in Pacific Island Countries, Pacific Soil Partnership - growing sustainable agriculture in the Pacific, Building Resilience in Pacific Agri-Food/Nutrition Systems towards Regional Alliances for Action, Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Pacific Agribusiness and Value Chain Development, Enhancing Public –Private Producer Partnerships in the Pacific.
The MAF’s annual Agriculture and Fisheries Show will be hosted as a main event which is open to the general public from the 2– 4 October 2019 at Malaefatu Park, Sogi.
All events and activities will contribute to the sharing of good practices and successes in overcoming challenges in order to improve agriculture and forestry for Samoa and the other Pacific islands.
Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Essential platform to strengthen partnership in agriculture and forestry systems
(MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES); Honourable Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Acting Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa, officially opened the 2nd Biennial Pacific Week of Agriculture, together with the annual Samoa Agriculture and Fisheries Show 2019, in Apia today.
The aim of the PWA is to advance sharing of regional agricultural expertise and advice on technologies that will benefit stakeholders and sustain the development of agriculture – from primary or value added forms, as well as for local food security and consumption.
The Acting Prime Minister emphasised that the key for the region is to stay focused and remain positive in the plans and actions towards healthy, productive and sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Blue Pacific, in the support of the regional and country commitments to achieving the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, and the SAMOA Pathway.
The Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, Kundhavi Kadiresan, voiced the World Food Day message for 2019, promoting the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, or SDG number 2 of “Zero Hunger” by the year 2030.
The PWA encourages all private sector, regional and international organisations, farmers and fishers, and Governments alike to promote sustainable farming and fishing, agroforestry, healthy foods and lifestyles for sustainable development of our social, economic, environmental and cultural existence.
The Pacific Week of Agriculture has brought together Officials and Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry from around the region, through the partnership and collaboration supported and sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Pacific Community (SPC), as well as the Government of Samoa through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa as some of the leading government agencies.
Samoa was selected to host the PWA 2019 by the Pacific Group of Minister Agriculture and Forestry, at the 2017 meeting in Vanuatu. This event demonstrates the Government of Samoa’s commitment to further its actions in the “enhancement of partnerships to sustainably develop agriculture and forestry systems in the Pacific.”
Friday 4th October 2019
Honourable Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Acting Prime Minister of Samoa
“2nd FAO and SPC Joint Pacific Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting”
Friday 4th October 2019 @ 9.00am, TATTE Conference Centre, Sogi
Reverend Maauga Motu, Secretary General of the National Council of Churches,
Honourable Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry from our Pacific region,
Honourable Ministers of Cabinet of Samoa,
Assistant Director General of Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO,
Deputy Director General of the Pacific Community, SPC,
Senior Officials of Agriculture and Forestry Services,
Distinguished representatives of regional and international organizations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very pleased to greet you again this morning for this second FAO and SPC Joint Pacific Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting, under the theme of “enhancement of partnerships to sustainably develop agriculture and forestry systems in the Pacific”. As key decision makers and influencers, your work and concerted efforts ensure sustainable food systems and well-coordinated multi-sectoral actions, including in the implementation of our Food and Nutrition Framework.
I am aware that you endorsed the FAO Multi-Country Programming Framework for the Pacific Islands for 2018 – 2022 at your First Joint Meeting during the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture in Vanuatu two years ago. It is a living document that both guides the work of our region - the positive results of which you will be sharing today, as well as informs your discussion of key resolutions to promote the sustainable production of safe and nutritious food.
We acknowledge that the Framework outputs are linked to the objectives of the Global Action Plan for Small Island Development States (SIDS), which represents the FAO’s specific input into the Pacific Food and Nutrition Framework. These in turn are effectively integrated into programmes that are coordinated by the SPC for our Pacific communities. It is also worth mentioning again the vital links between the SAMOA Pathway and the Framework for Pacific Regionalism to the Pacific Multi-Country Programming Framework (2018 – 2022 ) in guiding the work of the FAO and regional organisations in the Pacific, for the sustainable development of the Pacific.
The Framework affirms the enhanced partnerships that our region has established through the FAO leadership support and the UN family, with specific Sustainable Development Goals that we are to achieve by the year 2030. Let us not kid ourselves about the importance of our work, because the role of food and the challenges of carbon emissions and climate change are detriment to the survival of all living things, if not addressed. As Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry, your respective roles and responsibilities are therefore central to the development of decisions for the sustainable development of our Blue Pacific Continent.
I wish to take this opportunity to convey our sincere appreciation to both the FAO and SPC for their enduring partnerships and ready support in our Pacific programmes. We look forward to your continued assistance in increasing agricultural resilience in the Pacific.
I am advised that you have quite a grand Agenda for today, with key presentations on: partnering to develop nutrition-sensitive food systems in our Pacific islands, which aims to deliver coordinated multi-sectoral actions through a sustainable food systems approach for healthy diets; the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, which focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation; and other reports to discuss and establish the best resolutions for this Pacific Ministers’ Meeting.
Whilst there is a tendency to remind you of your previous resolutions, as well as the goals and objectives of your meeting, I believe common sense prevails in this case. I will only be repeating what you already know. Therefore, I wish you God’s Blessings on your deliberations, and I look forward to the results of your meeting today.
Honourable Ministers and distinguished delegates, it is now my great pleasure to declare the second FAO and SPC Joint Pacific Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting officially open.
Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries © 2019