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February 2018

Coconut Value Chain Market Study released

A market study report entitled “An overview of the market for Pacific Island coconut products and the ability of industries to respond” was launched on 25 January 2018 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The market study reports on non-traditional coconut products such as virgin coconut oil (VCO), coconut water, coconut cream products and coconut timber/veneer and their potential for coconut producers in the region.
As per the findings via the market study, there are essentially four broad markets for coconut products, based on four core coconut value chain strands namely:
  • Coconut food
  • Coconut oleo chemical
  • Coconut water and
  • Bi-products
Coconut oil still remains the main coconut product entering international trade where it is being used as either food or as a chemical product. Findings also indicate an explosion of products within the mentioned coconut value chains in the last 20 yrs.
The report is now available here.
This market study was supported by the CIDP project which is a part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) commodities programme funded by the EU through the ACP Secretariat in Brussels and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).
The CIDP’s main focus is strengthening the competitiveness of small producers engaged in coconut value chains throughout the Pacific region, through strengthened national and regional integration of related markets and intensification of production, diversification of coconut processing and marketing.

Capitalizing Experiences for greater impact in rural development

PIFON is being represented at the first regional workshop of the “Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project held at the Novotel Hotel in Suva from 05 – 09 February, 2018. Other participants include representatives of organizations from Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
The project is being implemented in various parts of the world by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The overall project aim is to facilitate the adoption of an experience capitalization process in rural development initiatives, to help improve the analysis, documentation, sharing and the adoption and use of lessons and good practices – as an approach for continuous learning, improvement and scaling up.
The five-day workshop will involve discussions and interactions among participants to help develop the necessary skills to start and complete a capitalization process and drawing lessons from it. It is expected that participants will complete the description and analysis of a set of cases from which lessons will be drawn to share amongst themselves and with other interested organizations. A set of documented experiences and lessons to be added to the CTA website to kick-start discussions within the community of practice and the electronic platform is also another expected output of the workshop. This workshop will then be followed through with a series of activities at the local level to be completed with a follow-up workshop in April 2018.

PIFON visits Rabi for Virgin Coconut Oil Value Chain Case Study

The PIFON consultancy team for the Coconut Industry Development Project (CIDP) has just recently returned from Rabi, Fiji after undertaking a Virgin Coconut Oil Value Chain Case Study. CIDP is an EU supported project implemented by the Pacific Community through the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Intra ACP programme. Virgin Coconut Oil is an important product for many Pacific Islands and increasingly the domestic market has become very attractive to smaller enterprises. The Value Chain case study of Rabi VCO for the domestic market is aimed to identify opportunities to strengthen the chain and also to draw lessons applicable for other Pacific island VCO producers targeting the domestic markets.
PIFON facilitated the meeting of the CIDP Value Chain Working Group held at the Tanoa Hotel conference room from 11 – 12 December 2017. A purpose of the workshop was to commence analyzing priority coconut value chains and design road maps for their development.
One of the five outcomes that were concluded at the workshop was the endorsement of the products, countries and associated enterprises upon which value chain road maps are to be developed. They are as follows:
  • VCO for domestic markets – With the Banaban Co., Rabi case study
  • High quality copra oil – With the Chottu & Co., Solomon Islands case study
  • Coconut veneer – With the Valebasoga mill, Fiji case study
The purpose of CIDP is to improve the competitiveness of smallholder farmers, that they be more competitive and be able to access and benefit from the market.
An excerpt from the ‘Agricultural Value Chain guide for the Pacific Islands’ that is being used by PIFON in all its Value Chain work e-bulletin_post_footer

January 2018

United Nations General Assembly adopts Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028

PIFON is proud to be partnering with the World Rural Forum in driving the Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 initiative that has been officially adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. This Decade aims to serve as a framework to promote better public policies on Family Farming, and contributing to the achievement of food security and improved nutrition as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Through a partnership agreement with World Rural Forum, PIFON is promoting family farming to its members in the Pacific and as an organisation supported under the MTCP II project, it will use this platform to leverage the message from its farmer organisations on family farming to be spread across the Pacific. 
The adoption of the IYFF+10/Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 is a result of the collective work and campaign of a group of 14 countries led by Costa Rica and co-sponsored by 104 states for the Declaration of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF-2014) that was coordinated by the World Rural Forum but driven mainly by Family Farming organizations since 2008. This drive has achieved significant milestones towards family farming especially in terms of public policy.
Family farming is a means of organizing agriculture where the production is managed and operated by a father, mother, children of a family unit working together to toil their land and provide for their food security or livelihood. It is widely practiced in the Pacific but is more commonly known as subsistence farming, traditional farming, organic farming, and indigenous farming or smallholder farming.