Agribusiness development in Small Island Developing States

  • 21st September 2016
  • by secretary
21 September 2016. Brussels. The Brussels Development Briefing n.46 on the subject of “Agribusiness development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): the potential of tourism-related markets” was held at the ACP Secretariat. It was organised by CTA in collaboration with the European Commission / DEVCO, Concord and the ACP Secretariat.

The Briefing promoted exchange of views and experiences around the lessons learnt from linking agribusinesses to the tourism markets in small island economies and paid particular attention to the key role of chefs as drivers of change for the development of food tourism. The event also discussed the enabling policy environment and opportunities for agritourism development. This Briefing build upon work accomplished by the organisers in collaboration with other partners across ACP small island economies in support of agritourism and agribusiness development, the most recent being the 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum.

Panel 1: Development of Agribusiness and tourism linkages in SIDS

This panel provided 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’i Sonja 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

Panel 2: Linking agriculture and tourism though collaboration with Chefs
This panel looked at specific examples of successful Chefs who promote local food to tourism markets and are ambassadors of the local and regional cuisine.

  • 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