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).