Pacific Islands Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON)
The European Union Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) of the Pacific Community has a partnership with the Pacific Islands Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) which is aimed at strengthening the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through stronger market linkages, stronger information sharing and a supportive policy environment. The foundation of this Partnership is based on the recognition that Pacific economies and livelihoods are largely agricultural based and that farmers are primary stakeholders to the growth of the agriculture and forestry sector. This Partnership recognised the strengths that each partner provides to promote mutual benefits for farmers. In SPC’s Land Resource Division (LRD), there is technical expertise encompassing soil health, sustainable crop production, genetic research and value chain support for crops and livestock. In PIFON, there is a mechanism, for reaching farmers at scale and providing an efficient medium for information sharing, learning, promoting sustainable agricultural practices and tools and strengthening policy advocacy and development. Find out more about PIFON): http://www.pacificfarmers.com/
Fiji Crops and Livestock Council (FCLC)
The European Union Pacific Agriculture Policy Project and the Fiji Crops and Livestock Council (FCLC) is collaborating on projects and activities of mutual interest for the ultimate benefit of farmers, farmers’ organisations, agricultural and other areas of common interest in Fiji and the Pacific region.
PAPP and FCLC work closely together to:
- Maximise effective cooperation and efficiency and reduce duplication in delivering services to their mutual membership within their respective mandates.
- Promote closer collaboration amongst key stakeholders in collecting and updating information and data necessary for strategic policy development
The Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) is the national umbrella body for Fiji’s non-sugar agricultural sector. Launched in 2010, FCLC is the peak industry body for crop and livestock producers across the country, and is comprised of 12 national commodity associations and seven sub-sector/regional associations that were set up to represent almost 60,000 farmers across the agricultural industry, including: Pigs, Honey, Dalo, Yaqona (Kava), Grazing Livestock, Ginger, Cocoa, Agri-Exporters, Rice, Coconut Producers/Millers, Dairy, Organics, Fruits & Vegetables. FCLC operates on the three pillars of (i) Strengthening Associations, (ii) Providing technical services (making agriculture profitable), and (iii) Advocacy – all towards the vision of being ‘Fiji’s voice for efficient agriculture’. The Council was established to raise the profile of farmers involved in crop and livestock production; to act as the apex forum for advocacy and key services that are specifically designed to respond to the needs of, and reflect the reality of, agriculture with the view to drive growth in the industry. FCLC is a member of the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) and in 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Caledonia Chamber of Agriculture, which saw it join the Network of Chambers of Agriculture in the Pacific. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.fclc.org.fj/
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Central to achieving our mission is our valued partnerships with ACP national and regional bodies. CTA works with a wide network of ACP-EU public and private sector bodies as well as international organisations around the world. CTA’s mission, vision and core values are at the heart of their organisation. For more information, please visit the CTA website: www.cta.int
Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom)
The POETCom secretariat in Fiji and focal points and members in Pacific nations work to develop the tools, education and support to make organic agricultural practices and produce an attractive and rewarding alternative to for farmers and consumers - http://www.organicpasifika.com/poetcom/
Pacific Horticultural Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA)
The Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) is working with the public and private sectors to support Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) manage regulatory aspects and utilise opportunities to export a wider range of primary and value added commodities including fresh and processed plant and animal products - http://phama.com.au/