Pacific Agricultural & Forestry Policy Network

Effective policies rely on good information. Policy makers from the region identified weak communication, poor engagement of stakeholders, and lack of timely information as constraints to the development of effective Pacific agricultural and forestry policies and the enforcement and implementation of existing ones. A robust regional information exchange was identified as a valuable tool to strengthen communication in the area of agricultural and forestry policy.

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Suitability Maps for Selected Fruit, Vegetable and Root Crops in Fiji Suitability Maps for Selected Fruit, Vegetable and Root Crops in Fiji

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These maps to be studied in association with Chapter 8, p. 141-155 in SPC publication “A Reference Manual for Utilising and Managing the Soil Resources of Fiji” (Leslie, 2012). Please scroll down to locate this Reference Manual.

Due to the large size of this particular document (Suitability Maps for Selected Fruit, Vegetable and Root Crops in Fiji) we cannot upload it to this website.

If you want the e-copy please contact Ms. Miriama Kunawave Brown, SPC Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet) Technician on email: [email protected] with the topic as the Subject and the document will be forwarded.

Vegetable production, postharvest handling and marketing in Fiji Vegetable production, postharvest handling and marketing in Fiji

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Date added: 12/04/2013
Date modified: 12/04/2013
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The development of high-value crops for domestic consumption and export is seen as a priority for economic development and improved livelihoods in many Pacific island countries. The Fiji Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) identified fruits and vegetables as among the six “priority concerns” for export promotion and import substitution. The government has identified cabbages, lettuce, tomatoes, capsicums, carrots, onions, potatoes, and peas as target crops for greater production. Hotels, supermarkets and restaurants are seen as key domestic markets.

Prepared by: Anna Fink, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

with:
Suzanne Neave, AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center
Aloesi Hickes, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Jaw-Fen Wang, AVRDC - OThe World Vegetable Center
Nitesh Nand, Secretariat of the Pacific Community

© 2013 AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center

Fairtrade Certification  of Sugar Cane in Vanua Levu, Fiji: An Economic Assessment Fairtrade Certification of Sugar Cane in Vanua Levu, Fiji: An Economic Assessment

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Date added: 10/23/2013
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This study is an assessment of the benefits and costs of Fairtrade certification of sugarcane in Vanua Levu, Fiji, from the perspective of both cane growing communities and donors. In early 2011, the Labasa Cane Producers Association (LCPA) on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji became Fairtrade certified, becoming the first organisation in Fiji to receive this recognition. LCPA collected it first Fairtrade Premium funds from Fiji’s sole sugar buyer, the British firm Tate and Lyle Sugars Limited (TLS), and sugarcane farmers and their communities in Vanua Levu began to reap benefits from the Premium funds. These benefits consisted of subsidies to farm inputs and community development projects targeting essential infrastructure, education and sanitation. Allocation of funds was democratically decided by LCPA’s Board and General Assembly, both of which are composed solely of sugar cane growers. Furthermore, an environmental plan was put in place to phase out the use of illegal herbicide and to spray and store existing herbicides safely. These significant benefits will continue for the foreseeable future and are in accordance with the three principles of Fairtrade certification: social development, economic development and environmental development.

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) 2013

Gross Margins for Selected Fruit, Vegetable and Root Crops for the Sugar Cane Belt in Fiji Gross Margins for Selected Fruit, Vegetable and Root Crops for the Sugar Cane Belt in Fiji

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Date added: 10/23/2013
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A gross margin is determined by deducting the direct costs of growing a crop from the gross income for a crop. Direct costs include those associated with crop production operations, harvesting and marketing. Gross margins do not include overhead costs such as rates, living costs, insurance, that must be met regardless of whether or not a crop is grown. For this reason gross margins are not a measure of the profit of a particular enterprise. However, they do provide a useful tool in terms of farm budgeting and estimating the likely returns or losses of a particular crop. When estimating whole farm profit it is necessary to consider these overhead costs in addition to enterprise gross margins.

© Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) 2013

A Reference Manual for Utilising and Managing the Soil Resources of Fiji A Reference Manual for Utilising and Managing the Soil Resources of Fiji

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Date added: 12/07/2012
Date modified: 01/30/2014
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Prepared David M. Leslie

The Land Resources Division of SPC remains committed to integrated and sustainable agriculture and forestry resource management and development; this is a key objective in the LRD Strategic Plan. Soil resources information is a primary underpinning pillar in support of this objective.

This publication provides a broad framework for understanding and interpreting the soil resources of Fiji in bringing together into one document all the relevant available soil data. It describes these data in a user-friendly format designed for use by farmers, institutional extensionists, researchers, agribusiness managers, and land use planners.

© Copyright Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), 2012

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