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August 2017

Fiji hosts Farmers Forum

The Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) in partnership with the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council hosted a two-day Farmers Forum and Farmer to Farmer Learning Exchange in Pacific Harbour, Fiji from 01 – 02 August, 2017.
The Forum brought about awareness on the importance of advocacy and policy engagement through the sharing of case studies and tools which were introduced to help farmer organisations be more effective in engaging with government.
The farmer to farmer exchange promoted the sharing of technologies and lessons learnt through direct engagement between farmers.
Approximately 50 participants attended the event comprising of:
  • Farmer organisation representatives across Fiji’s agricultural sector
  • Representatives from Fiji Ministry of Agriculture
  • Representatives from relevant NGOs and development partners
  • An immediate outcome of the Fiji Farmers Forum was a Farmer's Communique that will be publicly distributed.
    The event was funded by the World Rural Forum (WRF) in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded Medium Term Cooperation Programme with Farmer Organizations (FOs) in Asia and the Pacific Phase II (MTCP II).
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    June 2017

    PIFON 2017 Newsletter #2 now available

    PIFON Newsletter 11th edition
    We are at the half year mark of 2017 and are delighted to present our 2nd quarterly newsletter (Issue 11) covering the following highlights and others:
    • PIFON to host Fiji Farmers Forum
    • PIFON supported farmer-farmer exchange bears fruit for Tonga export industry
    • PIFON partners with CTA in strengthening Value Chain analysis in the Pacific
    • PNG WiA promotes solar powered agro-processor machines
    You may download a copy here.

    Growers Federation of Tonga plays key role in policy awareness and advocacy

    GroFed is involved in policy awareness and advocacy for its smallholder farmers in Tonga
    GroFed is playing a key role in creating awareness on the proposed ‘Water Bill’ in Tonga for its smallholder farmers. As the coordinator of the Agricultural Sector Growth Committee, GroFed has also coordinated with other actors in the agricultural industry to advocate Tongan legislators to reconsider the bill in its current form. If the bill is passed, growers who have invested in water supply in their own farm property will lose their rights to own and take water from their water source. This bill has been deferred by Parliament in 2016 for further public consultations.
    GroFed is also actively involved in pushing for investment in farm irrigation for smallholder farmers in Tonga. Currently around 80% of farmers in Tonga are reliant solely on rain water for irrigation and GroFed feels that there is much more to be done to improve access to irrigation which will improve the quality of produce and help farmers to mitigate against natural disasters such as drought. On this issue, GroFed is working as a key member of the taskforce for agricultural irrigation which has been recently established.