Forest and Agriculture Diversification


An important constraint to implementing sustainable agriculture and forestry practices is the limited number of crops and products that our communities rely on for income generation and for their general livelihoods. Identifying and promoting currently minor agriculture and tree crops and products that have the potential to enhance the income of farmers and communities will provide a vital contribution towards the implementation of sustainable practices by our people. Through the EU-funded FACT Pilot Project, direct assistance is being provided to selected partner enterprises in both forestry and agriculture to enhance their exporting capacities.

EU FACT to further FAD activities
Friday, 26 February 2010 18:36
The European Union-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) project aims to assist in turning selected commercial ventures and producer groups in the Pacific Islands into 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 Islands.
Based on relevant commercial, social and environmental criteria, a five-member Technical Advisory Group was created to advise FACT with the final selection of Pacific Island enterprises and products from among the 82 enterprises that responded to a widely distributed expression of interest. FACT is now assisting 18 enterprises and organisations in seven Pacific ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) countries. Forms of assistance include technical advice, training, and identifying and upgrading weak links in the supply chain.

(For more information on FACT, please visit FACT webpage)