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PIFON partners with CTA in strengthening value chain analysis in the Pacific


Vanuatu Pepper Value Chain analysis training, November 2014

PIFON has recently signed a contract with the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA) to support the implementation of a project titled “Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands”.

Under this project, PIFON will be carrying out the value chain (VC) analysis on the following nutrition-sensitive crops for domestic markets:

  • Green coconuts – Samoa
  • Pineapples – Vanuatu
  • Root crop chips – Tonga
  • Indigenous nuts – Solomon Islands
  • Fresh fruit juices – Fiji

PIFON is working with national consultants to carry out the VC analysis and then will work to pull together these national reports into the larger study.

The overall theme of this study is on linking agriculture to schools and PIFON is excited about how rural farmers can capitalize on these market opportunities and make a positive contribution to the nutritional situation.

CTA is embarking on this project with funding by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

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PIFON signs contract to support Pacific Coconut Project

Drinking coconuts on sale in Melbourne, Australia. The last few decades have seen major shifts in the world demand for coconut products and CIDP aims to help better position Pacific Island nations to take advantage of these opportunities.

The coconut is undoubtedly the most important tree in the Pacific. Over the past few decades the economic significance of this important tree to the Pacific has been subject to major international shifts. With funding from the European Union, the Pacific community has recently launched a new project entitled “Coconut Industry Development for the Pacific Project” or CIDP which aims to better position Pacific Island nations to take advantage of these opportunities.

PIFON is proud to announce that it has recently signed a contract to support the CIDP over the next 16 months. Through its network, PIFON will be providing a range of expertise to CIDP to carry out market studies and value chain analysis for a range of coconut products from the region. PIFON through its national farmer organisation members will help to provide a ‘farmers perspective’ to the development of this sector in the various countries.

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