Archive for November 2017

Vanuatu Agritourism Forum: Agritourism Logo competition opens

THE Vanuatu Agritourism Steering Committee is calling for interested persons to design a logo for the Agritourism Program. yasurThe committee said that the criteria to be featured in the logo are tourism features of Vanuatu like volcanoes, beaches, coconuts, land diving, custom dances and more. Agricultural products of Vanuatu like fruits, vegetables, livestock, poultry, piggery…

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Chief Veterinary Officers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan meet on Transboundary Animal Diseases

Chief Veterinary Officers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan meet on Transboundary Animal Diseases Livestock play an important role in countries of Central and South Asia in relation to boosting nutrition but also by helping to improve livelihoods, particlarly those of small holders and their families. Outbreaks of animal diseases like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and…

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Food influences holiday destination for 76% of APAC travelers

According to the Airbnb Asia Pacific(APAC) Travel survey, Asia Pacific (APAC) travelers are getting more adventurous with 71% of people surveyed emphasizing the importance of trying local cuisines on vacation, and 6 out of 10 (59%) travelers keen to try new experiences or activities. That’s why Airbnb has partnered with four high profile and award…

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Farmers need to connect with buyers in the tourism industry

Food and drinks are critical facts that determine the choice of destination for many tourists. This applies also to tourists that visit the Pacific, according to the Hilton (2014) survey of travelers which says that 36 percent of tourists interviewed chose their holiday destination based on food and drinks on offer. Vanuatu is the only…

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Fiji: Agricultural products promoted to tourism customers

The Ministry of Agriculture during the recent HOTEC Tradeshow promoted agricultural products with potential tourism customers. The tourism Tradeshow which was an event for product manufacturers and suppliers to exhibit their products and services, provided an opportune time for the Ministry to promote local exporters and market their agricultural produce locally and internationally. In the…

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Vanuatu: First Agritourism Forum soon

The Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) is gearing up to host Vanuatu’s first Agritourism Forum, under the theme, “From Farm to Table”. The forum was initiated in the aftermaths of the successful hosting of the Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA). DARD Director, Antoine Ravo, explains: “After the PWA…

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Farmers, traders, exporters discuss import substitution

A two-day workshop on developing import substitution on exports of fruit and vegetables and addressing market opportunities opened in Nadi today. The workshop is organised by the Improving Key Services to Agriculture (IKSA) project, implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC) and funded by the European Union (EU). Participants will discuss factors generating the selection of produce and…

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Pacific leaders alarmed over climate change’s negative impact on food systems and food security

Climate change poses an alarming threat to food systems and food security in the Pacific islands, warned leaders of nine small island developing states (SIDS), representatives of regional development bodies, New Zealand and Australia at a meeting chaired by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today. The meeting took place ahead of the Pacific leaders’…

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Pacific: Regional MOU on Agritourism

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed to strengthen the cooperation and partnerships between some important regional farming organisations at the Pacific Week of Agriculture in Port Vila last week. The Papua New Guinea Women in Agriculture have joined forces with the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council, the Vanuatu Farm Support Association, the PNG Women…

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Japanese cafe owner keen on Vanuatu coffee

A Japanese investor with a string of coffee shops throughout Japan is taking a sample of Vanuatu coffee for his customers to taste. Our correspondent reported Jun Sugimoto saying that if people liked the coffee the next cafe he opens will sell nothing but Vanuatu coffee. Vanuatu’s Director of Agriculture, Antoine Ravo, has welcomed the…

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