Summary Overview

The Forum was held in Apia, Samoa on 24-28 August 2015 on the theme of Strengthening Agriculture and Forestry Research and Extension Linkages for Sustainable Food Security and Trade. The Forum was organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Government of Samoa and the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS). Funding support was provided by the Intra-ACP EU Pacific Agricultural Policy Project (EU-PAPP) and the International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) through the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS). Additional funding was also provided by FAO, Asia Pacific Associations in Agriculture and Environment Inc.

(APEAEN) and USAID. The Meeting was attended by Government Heads of Research & Extension Services and a wide range of stakeholders including, tertiary institutions, farmer organisations, private sector, NGOs, research institutions and key development partners (Annex 3).

The Forum was organized around key thematic priority areas related to strengthening Research, Extension and Advisory Services (REAS) at both the national and regional levels. The programme containing these thematic priority areas are enclosed as Annex 2. The REAS priorities discussed throughout the sessions were distilled and further prioritized to form regional priority areas to strengthen research and extension in the Pacific.