Organic Pasifika
Home of the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community

Welcome to Organic Pasifika - the website of the Organic and Ethical Trade movement of the Pacific Islands.
‘Organic Pasifika’ arose from the belief of our diverse group of stakeholders that our traditional organic farming practices when strengthened, coordinated and shared will meet the changing needs of our region and peoples and carry us forward into the future.
 

Regional Organic Task Force (ROTF)
Thursday, 17 February 2011 12:26
The Regional Organic Task Force (ROTF) was established in early 2008. The terms of reference for ROTF are currently being finalised.  Members of ROTF are people with an interest in organic agriculture:

10 Pacific Island Countries are represented (Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia and New Caledonia)

Members include farmers, representatives of organic producer associations, NGOs, government services, University of the South Pacific, private sector, organic inspectors, trainers and researchers.

Technical advisers from: IFOAM, NASAA, WIBDI, SPC and others contribute to the activities of ROTF.

Activities undertaken by ROTF

Collection of national organic statistics to be fed into the global organic data base

Production of a Pacific Region Organic Strategic Plan (2009-2013).

Initial promotional materials have been prepared to assist national organic body promotional work.

Facilitating membership of national bodies to IFOAM.

Creation of a “Pacific Group” within IFOAM to be able to participate at the global level and defend the interests of the region.

Place and date

Meeting name

Main focus of meeting

Nadi, Fiji,

August 2007

Pacific Organic Agriculture Project Stakeholder Consultation

Detailed a process for appointing the Regional Organic Task Force (ROTF).

 

Apia, Samoa, November 2007

First ROTF workshop

Reviewed the first draft of the Pacific Organic Standard (POS).

Nadi, Fiji,

February 2008

Second ROTF workshop

Reviewed draft 3 of the POS and also commenced work on the Regional Strategic Plan for Organic Development.

Nadi, Fiji,

May 2008

Third ROTF workshop

Finalised the Regional Organic Standards for presentation to the Ministers and Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services 2008.  Progress was made on the Regional Strategic Plan for Organic Development.  One-day training was held on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) to inform the ROTF of the possible role of this method of certification for the local market could have for organics development in the region.

Nadi, Fiji, November 2008

Fourth ROTF workshop

Focused on completion of the Regional Strategic Plan and other key reference documents such as the revised Terms of Reference for the ROTF.

Nadi, Fiji,

April 2009

Fifth ROTF workshop

Had the objectives of reporting on standard launches at the national levels, country updates, developing an SPC Organic Policy Brief, consulting with IFAD to formulate the project design for the second phase of the project (September 2009 onwards) and develop national level capacity building proposals for presentation to donors.

July 2009.

Sixth ROTF workshop

Currently under preparation


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POETCom is the peak organics body for the Pacific region, and its secretariat is based at SPC with funding support from the EU Increasing Agricultural Commodities Trade project (IACT). POETCom’s vision is that Organics and Ethical trade will be the key contributors to sustaining our cultures and communities; improving farmer livelihoods, communities, people’s health and the environment in the Pacific.

 

Pacific Organics is the key contributor to sustaining our cultures and improving farmer livelihoods, communities, people’s health and the environment in the Pacific.

Organic Pasifika arose from the belief that our traditional organic farming practices when strengthened, coordinated and shared will meet the changing needs of our region and peoples and carrying us forward into the future.