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Outdoor Food Markets Are Where We Eat, Meet, and Greet

By CTA Admin | Sep 19, 2016

When the weather is fine and the produce is at its peak, chances are you’ll find an outdoor market near you, filled with riotous colors, sounds, and smells; not to mention seven varieties of organically grown lettuce. Outdoor farmers markets have doubled to more than 8,000 venues in the U.S. in the last decade. The…

New round of agricultural censuses in Asia is key to achieving SDGs

By CTA Admin | Sep 19, 2016

New round of agricultural censuses in Asia is key to achieving SDGs With the clock ticking on meeting the zero hunger target by 2030, and in order to feed nine billion people by 2050, creating an accurate picture on the present situation of food production, and having the structure in place to produce it, is…

Using cuisine as an effective development tool

By CTA Admin | Sep 12, 2016

As a Kiwi chef working in the development space throughout the Pacific region he was raised in and loves, Robert says he is the one who is being “developed” in the process. His passion to learn about the Pacific, its people, their cultures and their cuisines comes from within. “I was raised in Fiji and Samoa ……

Tourism Stories book by UNWTO launched at 21st General Assembly in Colombia

By CTA Admin | Sep 9, 2016

The UNWTO tourism book, “My Story, My Community, Our Future,” was launched on Tuesday during the Plenary Session of the UNWTO 21st General Assembly in Medellin, Colombia, by Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary General. The 123-page hardback full-color book has Anita Mendiratta, the trusted and respected strategic advisor and four-time published author in Tourism & Economic…

Global Harvest prospects improve for maize, wheat and rice crop output

By CTA Admin | Sep 9, 2016

Global Harvest prospects improve for maize, wheat and rice crop output Staple food prices rose in August even as grain prices fell and the outlook for global cereal production improved. The FAO Food Price Index, released today, averaged 165.6 points in August, up 1.9 percent from July and almost 7 percent from a year earlier.…

Tahiti Pledges Support to Improve Tourism

By CTA Admin | Sep 5, 2016

French Polynesia (Tahiti) has offered to help Solomon Islands develop its tourism industry and also proposed potential areas for wider Pacific regional cooperation in airline services and restrictive fishing limits. These agendas were discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the French Polynesian President, His Excellency Edouard Fritch in Honolulu, Hawaii last…

Cook book helps Samoa cuisine industry

By CTA Admin | Sep 5, 2016

The Pacific Agribusiness Forum in Samoa has heard this week that Samoa now supplies a significant proportion of the food consumed by tourists, instead of importing it. Papali’i Sonya Hunter – CEO Samoa Tourism Authority Papali’i Sonya Hunter – CEO Samoa Tourism Authority. And this is being put down to the promotional value garnered as a result…

Slow Food Barbados: Buyers Guide 2016-2017

By CTA Admin | Sep 5, 2016

How ‘Slow’ Can You Go? Slow Food® Barbados is very excited to share the 2016-17 edition of our Buyer’s Guide with you! Through this Buyer’s Guide, we aim to acknowledge and celebrate local farmers, chefs, eateries and artisans who contribute to good, clean, and fair food; and also to spread awareness of the Slow Food philosophy and the establishments that…

China hosts international symposium on Agroecology to advance work on SDGs

By CTA Admin | Sep 2, 2016

China hosts international symposium on Agroecology to advance work on SDGs To promote dialogue  and share experiences on implementing Agroecology approaches in Asia and China, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) , Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences(CAAS) and partners met on 29 to 31 August 2016, in Kunming China. The International Symposium…

Tuilaepa warns against cheap food imports

By CTA Admin | Aug 31, 2016

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has warned that food security in the Pacific is being eroded as people move to the towns and rely on cheap imported food. About 120 delegates are attending the three-day conference 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum in Samoa’s capital. Tuilaepa told growers, manufacturers, restaurant and hotel owners at the Apia conference that…

Health concern in the Pacific region

By CTA Admin | Aug 31, 2016

The Pacific region is facing a health crisis that is directly linked to agriculture, food and nutrition. A joint statement by the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO), Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) states that obesity rates within the Pacific Island countries are among the highest in…

Workshop on food tourism

By CTA Admin | Aug 31, 2016

A workshop which hopes to capitalise on the growing food tourism boom worldwide where destinations are offering unique culinary experiences to visitors by encouraging qualified chefs in the region to work with local communities to source local food resources for their menus and use greater innovation and creativity in food preparation is in progress in Samoa. The…

Culinary training to boost food tourism in the region

By CTA Admin | Aug 31, 2016

A two-day culinary training workshop being held in Apia, Samoa this week aims to improve the knowledge and skills of culinary business owners in the South Pacific region as well as chefs from small and medium sized hotels in Samoa. The Chefs Culinary Training workshop is a joint collaboration between the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO),…