Organic Pasifika
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Welcome to Organic Pasifika - the website of the Organic and Ethical Trade movement of the Pacific Islands.
‘Organic Pasifika’ arose from the belief of our diverse group of stakeholders that our traditional organic farming practices when strengthened, coordinated and shared will meet the changing needs of our region and peoples and carry us forward into the future.
 

Sporting event in Fiji’s Lau Group promotes organic farming
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:48
The 2nd Annual Cicia Island Organic Games were held recently on Cicia Island in Fiji’s Lau Group.

Teams from Vanuabalavu, Mago, Yacata, Kaibu, Nayau, Vanuavatu, Cicia and a lone team from Savusavu participated in this very special rugby 7s and netball sports tournament.

Cicia has just completed the initial stage of organic certification and the sports programme aims to encourage people to go into organic farming. Players had to plant a certain number of crops before they could participate; the initiative has therefore already resulted in substantial numbers of crops being planted.

The project is supported with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and is implemented by POETCom (the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community, located at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community [SPC]) in partnership with Fiji Ministry of Agriculture.

On Cicia Island, the Cicia Organic Monitoring Agency is spearheading organic development with full support from Ministry of Agriculture staff on the Island.

To kick off the opening festivities a church service was held, followed by the presentation of organic certificates and an agriculture show.

A Fiji Navy Patrol Boat visited Cicia on 22 to 24 April to ensure safety of outer island teams that travelled to the island to participate. A representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports was on the island to discuss youth project opportunities and present a donation of sports equipment for the tournament. The Fiji Rugby Union sent qualified referees and sporting equipment to assist and a Facebook page called ‘Organic Cicia’ was created for posting scores from the tournament.

As people from five outer Islands of the Lau Group are participating, a session was held to allow participants to share experiences in organic work. Much interest in organic certification was expressed by people from outer islands, and the lessons from Cicia will be used to improve approaches and get those interested certified.

The agriculture show and organic sports were supported by SPC Land Resources Division through it’s IFAD project and European Union Funded Increasing Agricultural Commodities Trade Project in collaboration with the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture. It was organised by Cicia Organic Monitoring Agency and POETCom.

Cicia women worked hard to produce organic virgin coconut oil (VCO), while many of the island’s men planted large numbers of yams, dalo, sweet potato, bananas and many other crops. VCO from Cicia has been exported to Korea and used at resorts in Fiji.  A marketing strategy to harness the potential of organic certification is being developed.

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POETCom is the peak organics body for the Pacific region, and its secretariat is based at SPC with funding support from the EU-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Project.

SHOW SPONSORS
1. European Union (through the SPC-implemented Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade project)
2. SPC (through its Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees)
3. Cicia High School

For more information please contact:

Isikeli Karikaritu – Principal, Cicia High School and advisor to Cicia Organic Monitoring Agency (tel.: +679 730 4273) or Stephen Hazelman, POETCom, Land Resources Division, SPC, Suva, Fiji ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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Photo Captions:

1. Holders of the organic certificates from the five villages and VCO processors of Cicia

2. Representatives of the 7s Teams

3. Representatives of the Netball teams

 

Pacific Organics is the key contributor to sustaining our cultures and improving farmer livelihoods, communities, people’s health and the environment in the Pacific.

Organic Pasifika arose from the belief that our traditional organic farming practices when strengthened, coordinated and shared will meet the changing needs of our region and peoples and carrying us forward into the future.