26-27 November 2014, Nadi, Fiji
The Pacific Regional Workshop in preparation of the Second Global meeting of the Indigenous Peoples’ forum at IFAD was held on 26-27 November 2014. The event was cooganised by the International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), Tebtebba Foundation and the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON), and was hosted by the South Sea Orchid.
The workshop brought together 21 particpants from nine countries in the Pacific to discuss their indigenous1 food systems and the ways in which they can relate to sustainable development.
The agenda of the first day included a series of presentations and roundtables, and a field trip to Natures Way Coperative and Aviva Farm. On the second day of the workshop the participants discussed the cultural indicators used to monitor the implementation of IFAD projects and made recommendations to IFAD, the governments and the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific region.
The workshop’s activities allowed participants to engage in open dialogue and share their own stories and experiences in relation to traditional food systems and the challenges they face in each country. The participants highlighted the common challenges that are being faced by their organisations and communities at the local, national and regional level.
Many of the participants gave positive feedback on the workshop. A common issue that was brough up was the importance of sharing information within the region on agriculture, nutrition and food systems.