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CTA’s regular update on its agricultural publications portfolio

October 2019 - No. 95

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Follow the Pacific Week of Agriculture!

Samoa will host the second Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) from 30 September to 4 October 2019 in Apia and in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and FAO. The event comprises two regional agriculture forums: a special session of the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services (HOAFS), organised by SPC and the Ministers of Agriculture; and Forestry Meeting (MOAF), jointly organised by FAO and SPC. Additionally CTA and partners, through its ‘Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands’ project, will host write shops and a series of side-events: Building Resilience in Pacific Agri-Food/Nutritious Systems: Towards Regional Alliances for Action; Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Pacific Agribusiness and Value Chain Development; and Enhancing Public-Private-Producer Partnerships in the Pacific: Experiences and Opportunities. Follow us on #PWASAMOA2019 and discover below some of our publications presenting some of the agricultural challenges faced by the Pacific countries.

Weather insurance – a viable option in support of the development of Pacific local food crops and fisheries value chains?

In the last two decades, Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have suffered billions of dollars in damage and loss due to catastrophic weather events (e.g. cyclones, floods, drought) and other natural disasters (e.g. volcanic eruptions). The predominantly small size and diverse nature of the production systems make agricultural insurance investments unattractive. Biological assets – crops and livestock – typically fall outside mainstream insurance coverage, particularly for small farmers. Opportunities exist for transferring weather-related risks to insurance products that can benefit producers; but these need to be carefully evaluated in the Pacific context.

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A learning journey to the Kingdom of Tonga: Accelerating transformative change in nutrition-sensitive value chains in Pacific islands

Pacific Island countries suffer from alarming rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and are consistently ranked as the most obese and diabetic in the world. At the centre of this NCD crisis is the underlying problem of consumption of processed imported foods; high in fat, salt and sugar, displacing nutritious local produce; crops and fish from the daily meals of Pacific people.

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Realising the potential of local foods in Pacific Island Countries: Promoting the health, nutrition and income benefits

Consumers in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have become increasingly reliant on non-traditional and imported processed foods to meet food and nutritional needs. There is need to invest in scientific research and product development of traditional local food crops and seafood to contribute to improving the food, health and nutrition situation in PICs, as well as provide new income-generating opportunities that specially benefit local communities.

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Financing agribusiness and value chain development in the Pacific

The agriculture sector, a major source of food and livelihood for up to 80% of the population in Pacific Island Countries, is under-funded. Lending to the sector is less than 2%, despite its contribution to gross domestic product (GDP). Transforming the Pacific agri-food system to address the major socio-economic challenges – malnutrition, high dependence on imported foods, unemployment and climate change – will require targeted public and private investments.

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The agriculture–nutrition nexus in Samoa

Agriculture, fisheries and tourism drive the small, open economy of Samoa, a small island nation in the south-west Pacific Ocean with a population of less than 200,000. The agricultural sector accounts for around one-tenth of gross domestic product (GDP), half of what it was in the 1990s. Remittances account for around one-fifth.

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The agriculture-nutrition-income nexus in Fiji

Agriculture in Fiji contributes 9% of gross domestic product and absorbs 40% of the labour force. Over 70% of the population is engaged in subsistence and semi subsistence agriculture. Insufficient production capacity, inconsistent quality and limited knowledge of the nutrient and health benefits make local fruits, root crops, seafood and vegetables uncompetitive. Numerous policies, programmes and organisations shape the agriculture-nutrition-income agenda but with mixed results and very limited impact.

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The digitalisation of African agriculture report 2018-2019: Executive summary

Agricultural transformation is a priority in the policy agenda of African governments in their quest to meet the challenges of food and nutrition insecurity, climate change, youth unemployment and overall economic growth. With the right policies, innovation and investment, the continent’s agriculture could be transformed into a powerhouse not only to feed a growing population but to create decent employment for millions of young people.

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Best seller

Why Invest in ICTs for agriculture?

With the ability to reach many farmers with timely and accessible content, the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for agriculture (ICT4Ag) has the potential to transform farming and food production, worldwide. ICT4Ag supports new methods in the monitoring and management of soils, plants and livestock (precision agriculture), access to online markets, and improved communication between value chain stakeholders, among others.

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CTA highlights

"There is enormous potential for digitalisation to help achieve food and nutrition security and resilience to climate change, as well as promote engagement of youth and women in agribusiness in Africa. But this potential will not be fulfilled by chance. At such a defining moment for this burgeoning market, we will only realise the true benefit of D4Ag in Africa with strong, coordinated leadership."
Michael Hailu, Director 

Spore 194: Digitalising extension - Smart advisory services for farmers

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