Pacific Leaders to push for more Pacific Members in the FAO Council

The Minister for Agriculture & Fisheries and host of the Pacific Week of Agriculture, Lopao’o Natanielu Mu’a

 

By Lagi Keresoma

 

APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019: One of the issues on the agenda of the Pacific leaders meeting in Apia next week for the Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA), is the inclusion of more Pacific members in the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) Council.

The Minister for Agriculture & Fisheries, Lopao’o Natanielu Mu’a said the Council is dominated by members from other countries including Australia and New Zealand with only one member from the Pacific islands.

He said over 200 delegates will be in Samoa for the PWA and it is a chance  for Samoa to showcase her agricultural products and network with potential business people for marketing opportunities.

PWA’s theme is Enhanced Partnership  For Sustainable And Forestry Systems In the  Pacific and will mark the launch of the Women In Agriculture Nutrition Art Exhibition & Flower Gala. It will also look at Strengthening of Partnerships, Forestry Technical meeting, Food Security and the way forward for Pacific agriculture through research development.

One of the highlights of the week-long conference is the Agriculture Show at Malaefatu Park in Sogi where local and overseas agricultural products will be showcased.

The annual Agriculture Show for Savaii and Upolu will be combined in one including the celebration of the World Food Day next Wednesday.

This years’ World Food Day theme is “Our Action Are Our Future” and is celebrated on 16 October annually but is being brought forward to coincide with the PWA.

The Minister is excited as such events can be used as a platform to further partnerships with various international funding agencies, networking and sharing ideas and methods for further development.

The whole program is open to the public with the exception of the Ministerial meetings.

Side events are also scheduled with visits to local farms and the Chinese/Government farming project at Nu’u.