Fiji National University library to become a haven for agricultural research
Monday, 29 April 2013 13:05
Agricultural students and researchers in Fiji will have access to a record number of publications following a donation to the Fiji National University (FNU) by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

UQ’s Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) Professor Steven Underhill coordinated the donation of 1.2 tonnes of publications devoted to research spanning sub-tropical and tropical plant, animal and fisheries science to FNU as a gift to Fiji.

Professor Underhill said the significance of primary industries to Fiji’s economy was the catalyst behind the donation along with Australia’s ongoing support of agricultural development in the South Pacific region through projects such as the Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI).

“Agriculture makes up a large degree of Fiji’s current and future wealth and it is through education that we will see Fiji benefit long-term from agricultural development,” said Professor Underhill.

“The books, which encapsulate information from over 100 years of research, provide invaluable technical information for the country’s current and future generation of experts.

“Given agriculture is fast becoming a highly esteemed sector in terms of boosting food security in the South Pacific region, the capacity of agricultural research is of significance to Fiji as a nation.”

FNU Vice Chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand said agriculture had always been one of the University’s strengths and the donation would enhance the University’s resources.

“The Fiji National University is undergoing significant expansion in agricultural training and research and the new consignment of books will be sought after by lecturers and students,” said the Vice Chancellor.

“Knowledge is power, and we believe this new information resource will have an enduring impact on the capacity of our Agriculture Faculty.”

The publications will be proudly housed at FNU’s agricultural library and made available to the university’s students and academics.

To find out more about the scope of new agricultural books at the FNU library, contact the Dean of Agriculture, Professor Paras Nath at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Photograph caption:  FNU Deputy Librarian, Tanveer Naqvi, is pictured alongside the book delivery.

Media: PARDI Communications Julie Lloyd: 0415 799 890 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Background

*Fiji National University

FNU was established in 2010 with the following objectives: to promote scholarship, research, free inquiry, academic excellence, and trade competence and in this process create, disseminate, maintain, and advance knowledge and productivity by teaching, training and other means, for the welfare and needs of the communities of Fiji and those from any other overseas communities who may wish to receive tertiary education. The University shall be concerned with education and training at the post-secondary levels, including technical and vocational education and training, consistent with international standards of teaching, research, and other academic activities in institutions styled as institutions of higher learning.

http://www.fnu.ac.fj/newsite/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2570&Itemid=766

**PARDI

The Australian Government provides significant support for the ongoing development of agricultural industries in the South Pacific region including through the Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI).

PARDI commenced in February 2010, is coordinated by The University of Queensland and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).  PARDI seeks to create sustainable livelihood development outcomes for the South Pacific forestry, fisheries and crop-based sectors. Scientists undertake supply-chain and market-driven research to identify constraints that impede local economic development. Research is aimed at achieving tangible solutions, such as new skills for locals, new technologies and product options.

PARDI is a partnership that involves The University of Queensland under the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of the South Pacific, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, University of Adelaide, James Cook University, The University of the Sunshine Coast, the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Southern Cross University.

To find out more about PARDI, go to ‘Focus Areas’ at the following web site: http://www.spc.int/lrd/

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