Have a taste of tiny Tuvalu’s sweet red toddy at The Cloud

The Nanumaga Community is the only entity from the tiny island nation of Tuvalu at this Saturday’s Path to the Pacific Trade Show at The Cloud hosted by Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ. Sefutini Liki, Representative for the Community of Nanumaga told Pacific Periscope, “This is the first time our community is getting involved in an event such as this, so it is an exciting opportunity to share and sell our local products.”

The community will be displaying Red Toddy syrup and handicrafts from Tuvalu’s islands. “Red toddy syrup is a new product. It is similar to honey,” Mr Liki said. “Our products are organic and there are no added ingredients.”

With a land area of just 26 square kilometres spread across six coral atolls in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is one of the world’s smallest and most isolated countries.

Its population of slightly over 11,000 people is engaged mainly in agriculture, fisheries, handicraft and small trading activities. Many Tuvaluans work overseas and on the high seas as sought-after sea men, contributing to the economy by way of remittances.

In February 2018, Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga had paid an official visit to the PTI NZ offices in Auckland. Mr Sopoaga said he saw a major role for the private sector in helping economic development as also to fight the effects of climate change in his atoll nation. He welcomed any programmes and initiatives PTI NZ could provide to help economic development in Tuvalu.

Responding to the prime minister’s request, PTI NZ conducted its Path to Market export capability building workshop for the first ever time for Tuvalu’s private sector in November the same year. Twenty-four individuals attended the workshop. Participants were from the food and beverage, agribusiness, fisheries, trading, hospitality and small business sectors.

“We would like to network with other vendors and gain experience from the event, promoting local products and to learn from the experience of others. We are interested in exposing our local products with such participation to regional levels,” Mu Liki said.

The Tuvalu Government has plans to boost exports of handicraft, coconut oil, noni juice, toddy and other products in the agribusiness sector.

For more information, email PTI NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong at ian.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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