Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT)

The main goal of the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project is to strengthen the export capacity of Pacific member countries in the primary industries of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and livestock. The project employs a whole-of-supply chain approach, assisting commercial ventures and producer groups to become export-oriented, market-driven enterprises that will consistently supply overseas markets with competitive agriculture, forestry and aquaculture products. The project is implemented by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva, Fiji and started in June 2011.

IACT holds first planning meeting

Thursday, 12 April 2012 07:57

The Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) Project recently held its first planning meeting at the SPC Nabua Campus in Fiji.

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).

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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