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Agricultural Policy, Research and Extension - Awareness Workshop, Tonga

18 July 2016, 0:00 to 22 July 2016, 0:00

Pacific Agriculture Policy Project


In contrast to the lack of visibility accorded to Tonga’s Agriculture sector in mainstream media, the Tongan economy attributes approximately 23% of its annual GDP1 to the sector with over 60% of its population involved to some extent in farming or agriculture based activities.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in its promotion of country-level policy engagement, identifies several factors as contributing to stagnant growth of Tonga’s Agriculture sector (between 2005 and 2012) which included outmigration of rural populations and an ageing farmer population.

The Tonga Agriculture Sector Plan (TASP), presents the vision and priorities of the sector to contribute to Tonga’s economic growth and sustained food security in light of changing world economic factors, and climate change. The TASP informs policy dialogue amongst a range of stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. The TASP will also be the focus of donor discussions during a roundtable coordinated by Tonga’s Ministry of Finance in July, 2016.

Media as a significant stakeholder group in policy engagement amongst key public and private stakeholders, is undervalued. In consultation with the Pacific Islands News Association, it was determined that there has been no previous capacity building of media in either Tonga or the Pacific region, to either access information available on agriculture policy or to effectively report on the sector.

In Communications for Development, Media has the potential to promote (as well as attract)development aid and the impacts of development assistance, to empower citizens at the community level such as farmers to effectively contribute to policy dialogue, to coordinate and support information dissemination by communications professionals and development partners, and to support implementation of development assistance by making information on this more accessible through to the grassroots level.

The establishment of the first online repository for agriculture policy in the Pacific, the Agriculture Policy Banks (APBs) for each of the 15 Pacific ACP countries by the Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) is a key mechanism warranting more effective exchange of information and national outreach on agricultural policy.



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