Debates Videoconferences
from 09:00 to 10:30
This event is public
Credits: Eric van Boer
Credits: Eric van Boer

Food Security in Times of Crisis: Connecting the Pacific and Europe

More frequent climate disasters, rising sea levels, the economic fallout of Covid-19 lockdowns and the global impact of the war in Ukraine have aggravated the challenge of food insecurity for Pacific Island countries.

Between 50 – 70 percent of Pacific people depend on agriculture and fishing activities for their livelihoods. The Pacific is home to extensive crop biodiversity, and Pacific countries are developing unique value chains for markets and international supply. However, they also face unique challenges in realizing equitable benefits in the global food system. In addition, the Pacific need to tackle issues like malnutrition and non-communicable diseases. Urgent global and local action is needed to manage climate change and other risks and ensure resilient food systems.

Europeans, also confronted to the global food crisis, are actively working with their Pacific partners to find and fund solutions to address current and future risks by investing in local sustainable food systems. This roundtable, gathering experts, practitioners and decision-makers from Europe and Oceania will decipher the challenges of ensuring resilient food systems in the Pacific and will explore the opportunities to expand the cooperation with Europe.


This webinar will be held on Zoom, in English.



  • Special message from Tearii Alpha, Minister of Green Economy and Domain, Government of French Polynesia


  • Alisi Tuqa, Food Systems Programme Lead, Pacific Community
  • Isolina Boto, Head of Networks and Alliances, COLEACP
  • Transform Aqorau, Chief Executive, iTuna Intel
  • Patricia Valdenebro, Chief Executive, TCI Network – Global & Mirjana Prica, Chairperson, TCI Network - Oceania

Chair : Céline Pajon, Coordinator of the Programme on the Pacific Islands, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri




This webinar is organised in partnership with the Pacific Community.




Contact the organizers: 

For more information, please contact pajon@ifri.org

Biodiversity Food industry Europe Pacific Islands Pacific Ocean