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.


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Identifying the financial needs of Nadi based enterprises

18 – 20 March 2015 | Nadi

IACT is taking a proactive role in ensuring that partnerships between some enterprises and support institutions are put in place prior to its project completion, as part of its exit strategy.

This technical assistance visit to Nadi-based enterprises focused on facilitating the meetings between the Bula Island Food Supplies Ltd (BIFS) and Nature’s Way Cooperative (NWC) with the Pacific Business Investment Facility (BIF), a regional technical assistance facility for Pacific businesses supported by the Australian Government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

(L-R) Elenio Yap of IACT, Kushboo Sharma of Bula Islands Food Supplies Limited, John Hardin of Pacific Business Investment Facility.

The initial joint meeting focused on identifying the prospects for BIF to assist the enterprises to secure commercial finance to support their growth. The visit also included a discussion on the upcoming training for various stakeholders of the Bilateral Quarantine Agreement (BQA) commodities, designed to increase their understanding of how the value chain works.

Preparation for Australian Volunteer placement with Taveuni Women’s Empowerment network (TWEN)

19 – 20 March 2015 | Taveuni

SPC and POETCom have applied for a volunteer through Australian Volunteers International (AVI) to support the Taveuni Women’s Empowerment Network (TWEN). TWEN are developing a fair trade handicrafts programme in partnership with Island Spirit and small company providing eco tourism adventures and fair trade handicraft marketing.

The volunteer will provide mentoring support and capacity building in product development, quality control and marketing and support to meet fair trade requirements of the World Fair Trade Organisation. The programme is sported by AVI, The Australian High Commission Direct Aid Programme and the EU IACT project. The AVI will arrive in Fiji the week of March 23rd for an 18 month placement.

This visit laid ground work for the volunteer placement to commence, managed logistical details and allowed follow up support to other partner, Teitei Taveuni.


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