Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade

The European Union-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) pilot project aims to support commercial ventures and producer groups in becoming export-oriented, market-driven enterprises that will consistently supply overseas markets with competitive agricultural and forestry products. The project is implemented by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva, Fiji and started in May 2008.

FACT supports regional women with food safety and processing course
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 11:00
Wednesday, 26th August 2009, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands -Thirty-one women from 11 Pacific Island countries attended an intensive food processing and food safety course at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC’s) Community Education Training Centre (CETC) at Narere, Fiji Islands.
The training was conducted by Mrs Apiame Cegumalua and Mr Manasa Katonivualiku of the European Union-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) project, which is implemented within SPC’s Land Resources Division.
According to Dr Lia Maka of CETC, the collaboration between the two programmes is very timely.
‘The whole world is going through recession, and here in Pacific our only contingency position is to make use of our natural resources. Developing them by means of adding value is an excellent way forward.’
‘The aim of FACT project is to increase trade from the Pacific region by adding value to agricultural and forestry products to help overcome barriers arising from bio-security regulations and irregular shipping, hence our collaboration with FACT is adding value to our programme,’ Dr Maka said.
CETC has shifted its focus on supporting the graduates by promoting business through food processing, aquaculture and developing forestry products.
Dr Maka believes that through these changes CETC will be able to better support its graduates in their quest to set up their own business.
‘We want to continue links with graduates after completion of their courses so that they turn out to be successful entrepreneurs in their countries.’
Elizabeth Seth of Vanuatu said that this one-week course is really helpful to her as it gave her important information on issues of food safety and processing.
‘Issues like hygiene and proper processing are often neglected but now I realise how important they are.’
‘I hope such courses are made longer to capture detailed aspects of food safety and processing,’ Elizabeth said
The FACT project complements efforts aimed at enhancing regional cooperation and integration. This includes the policy commitment of the European Union under the Cotonou Agreement to facilitate the integration of Pacific ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) into regional and global economies.
FACT aims to assist export oriented, market-driven enterprises that will consistently supply overseas market with competitive agricultural and forestry products.
 


The European Union-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) project is implemented by the Land Resources Division of SPC.