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Welcome to Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network

April 2017

PIFON Value Chain Analysis Capacity Building Training for Ministry of Agriculture

PIFON in partnership with its farmer organisation members has conducted numerous farmer-orientated value chain trainings in the region however this will now be extended to policy makers through a partnership with the EU funded FAO FIRST Project.
Through the European Union and FAO co-funded FIRST Project, the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) will be conducting a value chain analysis capacity building training for up to 18 staff members from the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).
The three day training will be held at the Coral Coast Christian Camp in Deuba from 26 – 28 April with key experts working in the field of value chains led by Agricultural Economist, Dr. Andrew McGregor. The training will utilize a methodology set out in the CTA-KSP publication ‘Agricultural Value Chain Guide for Pacific Islands’.
The key objective of the training is to strengthen the capacity of Ministry of Agriculture staff to apply value chain analysis to guide the development of targeted sector and sub-sector policies, strategies and action plans. This training also contributes to the overall objective of the FAO FIRST initiative, which is to increase food and nutrition security and sustainability of agriculture production systems by strengthening the enabling environment in the form of policies; programs and legal frameworks; financial resource allocation and capabilities and; governance and stakeholder coordination.
Although PIFON has always provided this Value Chain (VC) training to farmers and farmer organisations, this one will be a first for PIFON to extend its VC Analysis training to Ministry officials who are also considered critical actors in the Value Chain.
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PIFON’s 1st 2017 newsletter

PIFON Newsletter Issue 10
We are excited to present our 1st quarterly newsletter for 2017 (Issue 10) covering the following highlights and others:
  • Release of the 2016 PIFON Annual Report
  • Induction of PIFON into the World Rural Forum
  • Tonga PIFON FO members taking the lead in Tonga Breadfruit Project to combat lifestyle diseases
  • PIFON partnering with CTA to strengthen value chain analysis & training in the Pacific
You may download a copy here.
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PIFON’s 2016 Annual Report now available

Pacific Breadfruit Roundtable participants @ the Nishi Trading breadfruit orchard in Tongatapu
PIFON recently released its Annual Report 2016 documenting its activities implemented in 7 of its member countries of Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, PNG, Samoa and newly joined Timor Leste, it also reports on the finances for 2016. The report covers the progress of all the activities associated with its two major projects – EU funded SPC PAPP and IFAD/SDC funded MTCP II and the World Rural Forum partnership for 2016.
2016 was a challenging and exciting one with many ‘firsts’ amongst its other achievements for the year.
PIFON 2016 Annual Report now available
  • PIFON hosted its 1st and 2nd regional events outside of Fiji. The 1st was ‘The Pacific Breadfruit Roundtable’ held in Nuku’alofa Tonga, co-hosted with its Tonga Farmer organisations of GroFed, MORDI and Nishi Foundation The 2nd was ‘The Pacific Open Pollinated Seed Roundtable’ co-hosted in the Solomons with its farmer organisation member – Kastom Gaden Association (KGA)
  • The PIFON network membership increased to nine countries after Timor Leste (ANAPROFIKO) and New Caledonia (Chamber D’Agriculture) joined.
  • The PIFON Secretariat office moved into its own office at Legalega, Nadi, Fiji.
  • The Mid-Term review for the IFAD/SDC funded MTCP II program was completed with PIFON obtaining a point 4 score in its review, scoring the highest as a region under the program.
  • PIFON’s Strategic Plan review conducted by Dr Lex Thompson which paves the way for PIFON’s new Strategic Plan II : 2017 – 2020
  • PIFON’s successful Farmer to Farmer exchanges between its farmer organisations for Pineapple between Fiji, Tonga and Samoa; Vanilla between Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu, Breadfruit between Fiji and Tonga, Papaya between Samoa, Tonga and Fiji, Seeds between Solomon Islands, Brisbane and the PIFON network members.
  • The successful end of a two year partnership with the EU funded SPC PAPP which saw PIFON host 28 activities with its member farmer organisations under this project.
To download a copy of this report click here.
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March 2017

PIFON activities highlighted at the 4th Global Steering Committee of the Intra-ACP Agriculture Policy Programme

Representatives from the Pacific, Caribbean, CTA, ACP Secretariat and EU DEVCO attending the  4th Intra-ACP Agriculture Policy Programme Global Steering Committee in Brussels  
Some of PIFON’s work and it’s impacts at the farmer-level within the region was highlighted at the fourth Global Steering Committee (GSC) meeting of the Intra-ACP Agriculture Policy Programme (APP), held in Brussels on 25-26 January 2017. PIFON in collaboration with its national farmer organization members implemented a total of 30 activities under the SPC-PAPP partnership between 2014 and 2016.  Several of these activities were highlighted at the recent- Intra-ACP APP GSC meeting including – the Pacific Breadfruit Roundtable, Regional Soil Learning Exchange, the Napil Rural Training Centre (Vanuatu), and the recently launched PNG Women in Agriculture website were the highlights of the Pacific component of the programme.
A report on the impacts from the PIFON-SPC partnership will be made available on the PIFON website soon.
The Intra-ACP APP Steering Committee Meeting was held at the ACP Secretariat offices in Brussels
The Pacific component will continue until June 2018 although there are no additional funds available for direct support to Pacific farmer organisations.  According to the SPC-PAPP team there is a possibility for ongoing inter-regional collaboration, including – coconuts, breadfruit, climate change resilient varieties and germplasm, planting material commercialization, access to finance, and use of the Agriculture Public Expenditure Review (AgPER) tool.
Both the Caribbean and Pacific regions strongly suggest that farmer organisations should be involved right from the design phase when planning projects/programs of this type.  Also recognized is the continuity of support needed by many MSMEs, including some farmer organisations, to ensure sustainability of intervention impacts post the life of the program.
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