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IACT holds first planning meeting
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:32

The Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Project recently held its first planning meeting at the SPC Nabua Campus in Fiji. Over the course of three days, the project’s nine officers, along with senior officials from SPC’s Land Resources and Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (LRD and FAME) Divisions got to know one another better and discuss the project’s work programme. The meeting ran from 29 February to 2 March 2012.

The group discussed the lessons learnt from the smaller-scale Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) pilot project (2008 to 2012), which has a similar objective: to increase Pacific Islands’ exports of agricultural products.
The IACT project, with a total budget of €9 million, will assist with export development in the 15 Pacific members of ACP (the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) over a period of 45 months.

The nine-member IACT Team comprises Team Leader Mr Samu Turagacati, Mr Avinash Singh (Aquaculture Officer), Mr Chris Cocker (Export Marketing Officer), Mr Elenio Yap (SME Development Officer), Mr Lesio Saurara (Biosecurity Officer), Dr Morris Namoga (Monitoring and Evaluation Officer) and Mr Sanfred Smith (Export Production Officer), Ms Apiame Cegumalua (Export Processing Officer) and Ms Karen Mapusua (POETCom Coordinating Officer).

Five of the officers are from Fiji, and the others are from Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga.
During this inaugural planning session, the IACT Team also met with and learned about ongoing complementary projects implemented by SPC’s LRD, such as the Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI) and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Marketing Access (PHAMA) projects, both funded by the Australian Government.

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The IACT Team with senior LRD and FAME officers. Back left to right: Dr Morris Namoga (Monitoring and Evaluation Officer), Mr Lesio Saurara (Biosecurity Officer), Mr Tim Pickering (Aquaculture Officer, FAME), Mr Chris Cocker (Export Marketing Officer), Mr Avinash Singh (Aquaculture Officer), Mr Sanfred Smith (Export Production Officer).

Front left to right: Ms Sushil Narayan (Coordinator Finance and Administration, LRD), Ms Karen Mapusua (POETCom Coordinating Officer), Mr. Sairusi Bulai, Forest and Trees and Forest and Agriculture Diversification Coordinator (LRD), Mr Samu Turagacati (IACT Team Leader), Ms Cherry Kaake (IACT Programme Assistant), Ms Apiame Cegumalua (Export Processing Officer) and Mr Elenio Yap (SME Development Officer).

 

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.