Climate Change

Small islands, whether located in the tropics or higher latitudes, have characteristics which make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, sea-level rise, and extreme events (very high confidence) ♦  Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate inundation, storm surge, erosion and other coastal hazards, thus threatening vital infrastructure, settlements and facilities that support the livelihood of island communities (very high confidence). ♦  There is strong evidence that under most climate change scenarios, water resources in small islands are likely to be seriously compromised (very high confidence). ♦  It is very likely that subsistence and commercial agriculture on small islands will be adversely affected by climate change (high confidence). IPCC 4th Assessment Report, 2007

Enterprise development through FACT
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 09:06
The Land Resources Division (LRD) for the first time has initiated a pilot project whereby it directly deals with selected enterprises to become export-oriented and market driven enterprises that consistently supply overseas markets with competitive products. This pilot project is EU funded Facilitating Agriculture Commodity Trade (FACT) Project.

Objective:

The overall objective is to promote and increase trade in agricultural and forestry products from Pacific ACP countries. FACT complements efforts aimed at enhancing regional cooperation and integration: this includes the policy commitment of European Union in the Cotonou Agreement in facilitating the integration of the Pacific ACP into the regional and global economies. Further it also promotes sustainable increase in quality and range of exports of agriculture and forestry products within and out of the Pacific Region.

The purpose of FACT is to: “Sustainably increase quality and range of exports of agricultural and forestry (agfor) products.”

Where?

FACT activities are undertaken within the 14 Pacific ACP countries, viz. Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
FACT’s approach
·          To increase competitiveness of potential exports by addressing and upgrading substandard
·          components of the supply chain through the following activities:
 
       Detailed analysis of business systems to identify any vulnerable and weak areas of the current supply chain, or areas for potential new development
 
·          Advice on sustainable production techniques; certification; pest and disease management; and meeting necessary quarantine, food safety and quality standards
 
       Training of operators (producers, carriers, processors)
 
       Assistance in procuring necessary post-harvest processing equipment and storage facilities
 
       Assessment of the potential for new product development
 
       Evaluation and supply of germplasm of new species and varieties
 
·          Assistance in Marketing such as pricing, promotion, distribution and negotiating 
Background:

The FACT project aims to increase competiveness of potential exports by addressing, and where necessary, upgrading substandard components of the supply chain of selected products. To achieve this FACT will adopt following approach:

In the short term – provide technical support and training to already experienced producers and exporters in the commercial farming and forestry sectors to produce an increased range of more competitive export products.

In the long term – work with stakeholders to address institutional (including access to credit) constraints to trade and disseminate information on best practice production systems to farming communities and resource owners.

FACT will initially focus on selected representative export products and growers who already have reasonable skills and experience in commercial production and marketing and exporting. The case studies generated will be used by SPC and others to disseminate information to the wider community and encourage the adoption of best practise techniques by additional producers and exporters.