2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States: IFAD’s strategic approach in SIDS and contribution to the upcoming Third International Conference

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2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States: IFAD’s strategic approach in SIDS and contribution to the upcoming Third International Conference

 

 

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 the International Year of Small Island Developing States.

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, and will focus on the power and potential of partnerships and discuss key priorities related to SIDS.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been working in SIDS for over 35 years, reaching approximately 5 million rural people in the Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS), Caribbean and Pacific regions. IFAD finances agricultural and rural development projects aimed at promoting business opportunities for smallholder farmers by enhancing access to food markets and strengthening crop, livestock and fish value chains. IFAD recognizes that people of Small Island Developing States are at the forefront of efforts to address pressing global issues through innovation and the use of traditional knowledge.

IFAD will be participating in the conference in Apia. The Fund will host a side event and organize a field trip to Samoan farmers organizations and co-sponsor a number of other initiatives in collaboration with FAO, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and the Government of Tonga.

On 2 September 2014, at 9:00am, IFAD in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Government of Grenada, and the Cooperative for Export and Market of Quality Cocoa (CEQAQ-11), will host a side-event entitled–– More than cocoa and coconuts: investing in rural people, developing agriculture. This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about challenges and opportunities of building dynamic partnerships that lead to creative ways for producers to access new markets. During the side-event, we will screen a video featuring stories of IFAD-funded activities in Fiji, Grenada and São Tomé and Principe.

On the occasion of the side event, IFAD will also present its recently released publication IFAD's approach in Small Island Developing States. This publication outlines how IFAD-funded activities are assisting smallholder producers in SIDS to address the impact of climate change and challenging market access issues by enhancing food security and promoting sustainable smallholder agriculture development.

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