The idea of hosting a Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) was born out of the success of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA). This followed from discussions held at the 13th CWA in Suriname. Vanuatu drove this initiative and tabled the concept of a PWA at the 11th UN FAO South West Pacific Ministers of Agriculture Meeting in Port Moresby, PNG. The idea received unanimous support and paved the way for a number of regional initiatives including the first Pacific Week of Agriculture (Nadi, 2015).
The first ever Pacific Week of Agriculture will have a multi-faceted approach to Agriculture with the first part of the week highlighting Vanuatu’s leadership at the national level on Agritourism initiatives in the Pacific. The first three days will also be complemented by a number of partner led side events in what is being referred to as the PWA Showcase and exhibitions.
The PWA2017 will culminate in two very important meetings for the sector – the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting (hosted by the Pacific Community); and the Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting (hosted jointly by the Pacific Community and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation).
First FAO and SPC Joint Pacific Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting
The Pacific Ministers of Agriculture & Forestry Meeting 2017 combines two meetings: the
FAO Southwest Pacific Ministers for Agriculture Meeting, held every two years, and the
SPC Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry meeting, held every