PIFON in collaboration with the European Union (EU) funded, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) implemented, Pacific Agriculture Policy Programme (PAPP) established a two year partnership arrangement on October 24, 2014 aimed at strengthening the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through stronger market linkages, stronger information sharing and a supportive policy environment.

SPC LRD has technical expertise encompassing soil health, sustainable crop production, genetic research and value chain support for crops and livestock whilst PIFON offers 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. This partnership builds on these strengths that each partner provides to promote mutual benefits for farmers.

PIFON’s Strategic Plan (2014 – 2016) converses with SPC-LRD’s Strategic Plan (2013 – 2017) in a number of key areas and it was on this basis that both partners have agreed to collaborate on areas of mutual interest, achieve clear results that promote market livelihoods, information exchange and supportive policies for smallholder farmers.

Initial funding to support the Partnership work plan of activities over two years to the end of 2016 has been provided by SPC-LRD through the PAPP which is an intra-ACP partnership with the European Union.