January 2018

PIFON co-hosts 27th session of Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS 27)

PIFON begins 2018 on a high note following the signing of a contract with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) agreeing to provide selected services towards the organisation of the 27th Session of Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics (APCAS 27) that will be held in Nadi, Fiji. FAO’s role in this forum, is to build the capacity of institutions both at a national and regional level in planning and implementing data collection, analysis, application and dissemination with the ultimate goal of helping raise not only the living standards but also nutritional status of especially the rural poor.
The Asia and Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics is a statutory body of FAO which hold its biennial sessions in member countries to review the developments in their agricultural statistical systems and allows for the exchange of ideas with experts from FAO and other organizations on the state of food and agricultural statistics in the region. APCAS 27 will be held in March 2018 at the invitation of the Government of Fiji and to which about 80 participants are expected to attend.

December 2017

CTA releases PIFON's publication on 'Lessons learnt from Initial Piloting of Farmer Oriented Value Chain Trainings in the Pacific'

PIFON recently released a video capturing the lessons learnt from its farmer oriented value chain trainings in Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu, now under the same project, it is even more excited to release a CTA publication documenting key lessons learnt from various PIFON supported value chain (VC) trainings. These VC trainings include:
  • Value chain training for Ginger in Fiji (through Fiji Crop and Livestock Council)
  • Value chain training for Papaya in Tonga (through Growers Federation of Tonga)
  • Value chain training for Vanilla in Tonga (through MORDI trust)
  • Value chain training for Taro in Fiji (through Tei Tei Taveuni and Tutu Rural Training Center)
  • Value chain training for Papaya in Fiji (through Nature's Way Cooperative)
  • Value chain training on Spices in Vanuatu (through Farm Support Association and Venui Vanilla)
PIFON has been working with its farmer organization members since its inception in 2014, to pilot new approaches to value chain training for farmers and other stakeholders that lead to real impacts. PIFON believes that farmer organisations have an important role to play in disseminating key information to farmers and in helping to extend the reach of government and aid agencies.
The publication is a deliverable under the project “Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands”. It explores a range of impacts from the initial piloting of value chain trainings; summarizes a range of key lessons learnt and also presents a set of recommendations for the way forward.
The project is co-funded between the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
The publication is available on the web here
An excerpt from the CTA/KSP 'Agricultural Value Chain Guide for the Pacific Islands' flip chart


Final 2017 PIFON Newsletter now available

We are proud to present to you our final quarterly newsletter for 2017 covering the following highlights and others:
  • 2017 "Stars of Oceania" Awards for PIFON
  • PIFON launches Strategic Plan 2017-2020
  • PIFON partners with the University of Sunshine Coast to implement PARDI 2
  • Women empowerment to further agriculture in the Pacific
  • PIANGO partnership on MTCP2 co-hosts 3 FO side events in Port Vila, Vanuatu
You can download it here
On behalf of our members and partners, we would like to thank you all for a very fruitful year. We wish you all a blessed holiday.