Domestic Markets

Municipal Markets Policy & Linkage Study

This report is designed to assist municipal markets, farmers, vendors and interested parties who wish to engage or understand how linkages between small holders farmers, vendors, municipal markets and commercial buyers can be derived. It outlines key steps on ways to establish these links and provide a range of recommendation tools to help implementation along the way.

The report based on extensive research by the team involved which covered work with farmers, vendors, municipalities and various other stakeholders from across Fiji, Vanuatu and Cook Islands. It is further enhanced by review of existing reports on the agricultural sector, assessments of best practices and making relevant comparisons where appropriate among pacific island countries. The bibliography at the end of this report lists the materials consulted during this review.

The research development and writing of this study was compiled by MMF Consultants Ltd on behalf of the Pacific Community (SPC), Land Resources Division (LRD).

Municipal Market Guide

This guide will provide Pacific Island governments, local municipal councils, planners and relevant stakeholders with a toolkit to assist with the set up and operations of municipal markets in their respective countries. In putting together this guide, it has been assumed that municipal markets in the Pacific will continue to grow, develop and account for: i. An increase in fresh produce consumption ii. Increase in demand for spaces at the market The guide has further expressed the importance of having a well thought-out market design supported by proper infrastructure. This will in turn influence how the market centre will operate and determine how it will be managed. Users of the guide are advised to assess their own environment carefully and check for relevance to your own market before adopting any recommendation in this guide.

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