Welcome to the first issue of our new quarterly Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) newsletter. PAPP is supported by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division (LRD).

PAPP operates in the 15 Pacific ACPs (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu), and Timor Leste.

PAPP aims to strengthen the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by strengthening their linkages to markets, improving access to information, research, and knowledge, and by improving the policy and operating environment for farmers through evidence based policies.

Within the twelve months since the commencement of the project there have been a number of activities, as detailed in this newsletter, structured around PAPP’s 3 Key Result Areas (KRA):

1. Strengthened regional agricultural development strategy

2. Improved dissemination and adoption of applied agricultural production research

3. Agricultural enterprise development through improved market linkages

This newsletter will serve the key purpose of keeping associated community stakeholders, donors and partners updated and informed with ongoing PAPP initiatives and exciting developments. Enclosed content subjects will include case studies, best practices, success stories and experiences related to agricultural and forestry policy.