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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Land Care Local Action - global progress (2009) Land Care Local Action - global progress (2009)

Date added: 05/31/2010
Date modified: 08/18/2010
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The Landcare movement is growing exponentially and its history matters. For this reason, this book have been drafted, in true Landcare for, by many hands. It brings together story after story of how Landcare is emerging in different geographical and cultural contexts- what has worked and not worked. The aim of this book is to provide insights into the nuts and bolts of the different experiences, how they came together and what the next steps may be. It is a snapshot in time but one that will serve as a resource to those who are going to take it forward in their own communities, countries and regions.

Edited by: Delia Catacutan, Constance Neely, Mary Johnson, Horrie Poussard, Rob Youl
Date: 2009

© World Agroforestry Centre

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Record of Significant Soil and Land Resources Research in the South West Pacific Record of Significant Soil and Land Resources Research in the South West Pacific

Date added: 02/20/2011
Date modified: 02/20/2011
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© Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd 2010

D. M. Leslie

The importance of the soil factor in plant production has long been recognised in Pacific Island countries. Within traditional agricultural systems, variations in soils are frequently reflected by differences in crop production patterns and soil management practices.

Land use is dynamic and responds to economic, social and population pressures. Most Pacific Island countries depend heavily on agriculture for income. Agricultural development within a context of profitability, social desirability, and environmental conservation is a national objective. Such changing needs and pressures focus attention on the necessity for soil resource information. Soil science can provide the soil-related information necessary to help minimise the risks associated with evolving agriculturical systems during the initial, and most vulnerable, stages of development. It was within this framework that soil resource studies and soil research were instigated by NZ Soil Bureau, DSIR, in various countries of the South West Pacific.

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

Date added: 12/07/2012
Date modified: 01/30/2014
Filesize: 1.91 MB
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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

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

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

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

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

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