Organic Pasifika
Home of the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community

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.
 

French Polynesia's Bio Fetia completes PGS Handbook
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:36
Delegates to the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) meeting in French Polynesia last week witnessed a colourful traditional ceremony to hand over the official handbook of the Pacific region’s newest organic Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) Bio Fetia to POETCom for assessment and accreditation.

The handbook was handed over by organic farmer and President of the PGS, Dimitri Temeharo, to the Associate Minister of Agriculture from the Cook Islands, Hon. Kiariau Turepu, who accepted it on behalf of POETCom.

Participatory guarantee systems are locally focused organic quality assurance systems. They provide an option for certification of organic producers, based on active participation of stakeholders — producers, consumers and retailers — and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange. PGS can be useful for developing local organic markets, providing consumers with a guarantee that the products they are buying are grown to organic standards.

The POETCom PGS Review Committee will now review the Bio Fetia handbook. If the PGS meets the required standards, including adopting the Pacific Organic Standard as its principal production standard, and includes each of the five key PGS elements —participation, shared vision, transparency, trust: integrity-based approach, and horizontality — the Bio Fetia will be accredited and authorised to use the Organic Pasifika mark (logo) on their products. The Organic Pasifika mark gives consumers a guarantee that the product is organic and it gives producers a way to give their product a point of difference in the market place.

POETCom is working towards acceptance of the Organic Pasifika PGS mark across the region to also facilitate organic trade between Pacific Islands.  Peer review and inspection are key tools in providing a guarantee that products are organic under a PGS and so are much cheaper to maintain than third party external certification schemes. French Polynesia has recognised PGS in its national legislation relating to organic agriculture. The PGS Bio Fetia (Organic Star) was established in December 2011, comprising 16 producers and 10 consumers. Bio Fetia’s motto is, ‘sowing and growing other stars’.

SPC currently houses the secretariat for POETcom and supports the secretariat and PGS Review Committee through the EU Increasing Agricultural Commodities Trade (IACT) project based at the Land Resources Division .

For more information:
Contact Karen Mapusua, POETCom Secretariat, (Tel.: (679) 3370 733; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or visit the SPC website: www.spc.int.

Background information:
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) celebrated 65 years of service to Pacific Island countries and territories in 2012.

SPC works in the following sectors: agriculture, aquaculture, culture, disaster reduction, education and educational assessment, energy, fisheries, forestry, geosciences, ICT, human rights, media, oceanography, public health, statistics and demography, transport, water and sanitation, and cross-cutting areas including climate change, food security and gender and youth issues.

Publications: SPC publications are available on its website (www.spc.int/en/publications.html).

SPC member countries and territories: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, France, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

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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 Increasing Agricultural Commodities Trade project (IACT). POETCom’s vision is that Organics and Ethical trade will be the key contributors to sustaining our cultures and communities; improving farmer livelihoods, communities, people’s health and the environment in the Pacific.

 

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.