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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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

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
Date modified: 01/30/2014
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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
Date modified: 01/30/2014
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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

Hope in a Climate Change (2009) Hope in a Climate Change (2009)

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Date added: 05/10/2010
Date modified: 08/18/2010
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Environmental Education Media Project (EEMP)
Discussion Guide on Ecosystem Restoration

'Hope in a Changing Climate' helps to educate people worldwide about the potential of integrated poverty eradication and large-scale ecosystem rehabilitation.
The realization that human impact is negatively affecting climate change is not something that should frighten us into inactivity; exactly the opposite is true, it is a wake-up call to action. This crisis is showing us what our purpose must be in order to ensure future generations will be able to survive and thrive. Its is showing us the limits and the potential of human consciousness.

Founder: John D. Liu, EEMP
Date: 2009

© 2009 Environmental Education Media Project
All Rights Reserved

Land and Women: The Matrilineal Factor (2008) Land and Women: The Matrilineal Factor (2008)

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Date added: 04/12/2010
Date modified: 08/18/2010
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The cases of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu

How well is our understanding of the current status of women in relation to land tenure, land management and access to land in matrilineal societies in the Pacific? The question forms the central objective of this research by Joel Simo, Ana Naupa, Kristina Stege and Ruth Maetala and Dr. Elise Huffer commissioned by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in 2007.

The researchers attempt to improve our understanding of the roles of women over land in matrilineal societies in two dimensions. One dimension is examining women's role with respect to land. The second dimension is examining the role of women in leadership, including decision-making. Both dimensions are explored in terms of the past and the present thereby allowing for the changes that might have occurred over time to be observed and how those changes impact on women's current status with respect to land and leadership.

Editors: Kristina E. Stege, Ruth Maetala, Anna Naupa, Joel Simo & Elise Huffer
Prepared by: The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)
Date: 2008

Copyright © Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat 2008
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