It is not often that you get over 50 farmers from five Pacific island countries to gather in a farming establishment for over one week – to learn and exchange ideas about the importance of the soil and how they can improve farming techniques. This great gathering of some of the Pacific’s most committed farmers and farmer organisations took place from 23rd to 25th September, 2015 at the renowned Tutu Rural Training Centre, on Fiji’s beautiful garden island – Taveuni. The Pacific Soil Learning Exchange was supported by the European Union and Pacific Community through the Pacific Agriculture Policy Project and the IFAD funded Medium Term Cooperation Programme for farmer organisations in Asia and the Pacific Phase 2 (MTCP 2).
The learning exchange achieved significant progress towards a common understanding in the Pacific about the various methods and techniques for maintaining healthy soil in the region – a key element for the Pacific if it is to grow its crucial agricultural industries.
PIFON is proud to present a publication and short video on this event that cover the main topics and field visits. The publication can be downloaded from PIFON publications and the video can be viewed here PIFON videos.
In addition to these, here is the link to the winning videos which were submitted as entries to the Pacific Soil Learning Exchange media competition including the coverage of the Soil Exchange itself.