Brussels Development Briefing n.46: Agribusiness development in SIDs: the potential of tourism-related markets
Brussels, 21 September 2016/ CTA/ ACP: A policy briefing kicks off today focusing on innovative opportunities for food tourism and the link between sustainable tourism, agriculture and cuisine in small island states.
This Briefing will be held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 21st September 2016 at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels), organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, CONCORD and the ACP Secretariat.
9h00-9h15Introduction and Opening of the Briefing:Isolina Boto, Manager, CTA Brussels Office
Introductory remarks:Viwanou Gnassounou, Assistant-Secretary General of the ACP Group of States;Matthew Brooke, Expert Private Sector Development,Europeaid, European Commission;H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform;Michael HailuDirector of CTA
9h15-10h45 Panel 1: Development of Agribusiness and tourism linkages in SIDS
This panel with provide an overview of the current status of agribusiness in ACP SIDS, and rationale for linking to tourism markets.
Chair:H.E Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of Samoa, Coordinator of the ACP SIDS Platform
– Linking agriculture, tourism and health though Agritourism policy-setting
Howard Aru, Director General of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Vanuatu
– Towards an agritourism strategy for Samoa: strengths and opportunities
Papali’iSonja Hunter, CEO, Samoa Tourism Authority and Chair of the SPTO
– Best practices in agritourism across the Caribbean
Ena Harvey, Expert in Agritourism, IICA, Caribbean
– Linking agribusiness to tourism-related markets through quality iconic products
Winston Stona, Managing Director, Busha Browne/Walkers Wood Caribbean Foods, Jamaica
11h00-13h00Panel 2: Linking agriculture and tourism though collaboration with Chefs
This panel will look at specific examples of successful Chefs who promote local food to tourism markets and are ambassadors of the local and regional cuisine.
Chair:H.E. AmbassadorVilma McNish, Ambassador of Jamaica
– Linking farmers to the tourism markets and promoting Pacific cuisine
Robert Oliver, Chef, Author and Television Presenter, The Pacific
– Opportunities in supporting the local industry and promoting agritourism
Charlotte Chan Mow, Chef,The Orator Hotel, Samoa
– Celebrating Caribbean cuisine and culinary skills for youth
Peter Edey, Executive Chef, Barbados
– Promoting local food and rich Haiti’s gastronomy
Stephan Berrouet-Durand, Executive Chef, Culinary by Design, Haiti
– Foodscape and food tourism in the Caribbean
Rosemary Parkinson, Culinary Author & Contributor, the Caribbean