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Policy Brief 6 Farmer organisations in the Pacific region Policy Brief 6 Farmer organisations in the Pacific region

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To be effective, farmer groups must be well managed and adequately funded. Depending on the size, they may need dedicated staff with business and management skills. There are many examples of successful farmer organisations in the Pacific region, some of which are described in this AAACP Policy brief 6.

Policy Brief 5 'Whole nut' processing of coconut Policy Brief 5 'Whole nut' processing of coconut

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Policy Brief 5 'Whole nut' processing of coconut - opportunities and challenges for the Pacific region

‘Whole nut’ processing – i.e. processing the different parts of the coconut to produce multiple high-value products – has the potential to revitalise coconut industries in the region. If opportunities can be created at the village level, and viable market chains developed for products, this will also contribute to reducing rural poverty.

Policy Brief 4 Supplying the tourism market – opportunities and challenges for Pacific producers Policy Brief 4 Supplying the tourism market – opportunities and challenges for Pacific producers

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Date added: 11/14/2011
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Linking tourism and agriculture, so that local farmers supply the tourism sector, is a goal of many countries that have a significant tourism sector. However, there are significant challenges in setting up local supply chains that can meet the high demands of the sector.

If they can be overcome, benefits will accrue to the national economy, to farmers, and to the tourism trade itself.

Policy Brief 3 Certification – opportunities and challenges for Pacific producers Policy Brief 3 Certification – opportunities and challenges for Pacific producers

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Date added: 11/13/2011
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Certification – for example fair trade or organic certification – guarantees that products, and the processes of their production, meet a particular set of standards. Standards address a diverse range of objectives, for example fair prices for farmers, good working conditions and fair pay for farm workers, environmental sustainability of production processes, and product quality. An increasing number of consumers, mostly in developed countries, will pay premium prices for products in order to support these objectives, and the market for certified products is rapidly growing in many countries. Supplying this market is opening up opportunities for producers, traders and exporters; however there are also costs associated with achieving certification which are restricting access for some.

Policy Brief 2 Public policy support for smallholder agriculture Policy Brief 2 Public policy support for smallholder agriculture

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Date added: 11/12/2011
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In the Pacific island countries, a large proportion of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods, and the agriculture sector contributes a significant amount to the national economy (even though this contribution is not always accurately reflected in national accounts). This sector therefore has the potential to play a major role in sustainable economic development. A goal of public policy is to support the development of the agriculture sector so that it can realise this potential, in an environmentally and socially sustainable way. Public sector actors contributing to this goal include government agencies, but also donors, international and regional organisations, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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