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.

Youth Development Documents


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Pacific Youth in Agriculture Strategy 2011-2015 Pacific Youth in Agriculture Strategy 2011-2015

Date added: 09/15/2010
Date modified: 04/19/2011
Filesize: 1.85 MB
Downloads: 11282

The purpose of this youth in agriculture strategy is to recommend actions and initiatives that all stakeholders can pursue to encourage the active engagement of youth in agriculture across the region. We welcome your input to the strategy to ensure that the findings and recommendations are relevant and representative

Prepared by: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAPFNet)

An Exploration of Youth Leadership Models in Fiji An Exploration of Youth Leadership Models in Fiji

Date added: 09/01/2010
Date modified: 09/01/2010
Filesize: 343.51 kB
Downloads: 11165
The study provides the results of an exploration of youth leadership, specifically youth leadership models, a significant but often downplayed aspect of Fijian society. It offers the landscape of existing leadership models in both informal and formal settings and highlights successful initiatives that are crucial to addressing leadership issues faced by young people in Fiji. The study was conducted in a context where the potential of young people as leaders at the local, community and national level is mostly undermined. This was the challenge.

Authors: Patrick Vakaoti and Vanisha Mishra

Commissioned by the AusAID - Pacific Leadership Program (PLP)

This research was supported by the Australian Government as represented by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Australian Government. The Australian Government accepts no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from reliance on any of the information or views contained in this publication.

Tutu Rural Training Center: Lessons in Non-Formal Adult Education for Self Employed in Agriculture Tutu Rural Training Center: Lessons in Non-Formal Adult Education for Self Employed in Agriculture

Date added: 06/01/2012
Date modified: 06/01/2012
Filesize: 2.12 MB
Downloads: 10313

Reasons for the study:

The study is the result of request from the Fiji Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). There were a number of reasons behind this request:

  • The Tutu Rural Training Centre (TRTC) on Taveuni has been in operation for over 40 years. Thus, the Centre was keen to have a comprehensive document produced that described the achievements over that period and what the lessons learnt were with respect to non-formal adult education for self-employment in agriculture;
  • The Fiji Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) was anxious to have a detailed analysis of the lessons learnt from the TRTC to determine the opportunities and requirements to extend the “Tutu model” elsewhere in Fiji; and
  • The long experience of the TRTC in training for self-employment in agriculture has attracted considerable attention in other Pacific Island Countries (PICs), particularly in Melanesia. Thus, there was a broader regional interest in relevance and applicability of the “Tutu model” to other countries.

Prepared by: Andrew McGregor, Livai Tora with Geoff Bamford and Kalara McGregor

Published by the Marist Rural Training Center.

Engaging Youth in Agriculture and Forestry - Experiences; Advice. Engaging Youth in Agriculture and Forestry - Experiences; Advice.

Date added: 07/09/2013
Date modified: 07/09/2013
Filesize: 526.03 kB
Downloads: 8347
Clliimate Change & Devellopment (CCD) Communiity, of the Paciifiic Sollutiion Exchange Consolidated Reply.

Query: Engaging Youth in Agriculture and Forestry Experiences; Advice.

Compiled by Jacqui Berrell, Community Facilitator, and Finau Domonakibau, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pacific Centre
Issue Date: 24 June 2013

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community‟s (SPC) Land Resources Division (LRD;, is working on two youth projects. The first focuses on how best to engage and involve youth in agriculture and the second investigates ways youth can use Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones and social media, to develop agricultural opportunities for youth.

Firstly, in collaboration with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) ACP-EU (African, Caribbean and Pacific - European Union), SPC-LRD is in the process of facilitating a project on „Promoting Coherent Multi-Sectoral Youth in Agriculture Policies in the Pacific‟. A key element of this project is documenting and sharing experiences, case studies and lessons learned on best ways to engage youth in agriculture. SPC-LRD plans to share these stories via a portal and through printed and electronic publications to assist people who work with youth and agriculture (including youths), to further implement some of the recommended actions and initiatives from the „Pacific Youth in Agriculture Strategy‟ report (

Complementing that project, is the CTA funded „Agriculture Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society‟ (ARDYIS) initiative that also promotes youth and agriculture in ACP countries, but with an emphasis on how social media and other ICTs may be used to develop agricultural opportunities for youth. This includes how youth may develop IT platforms or mobile applications for agriculture, or in other ways to improve their livelihoods. This project will also seek experiences and lessons learned for youth and agriculture relating to ICTs.

Thus, your shared experiences, stories and case studies from this PSE query will assist both projects.

Specifically, what are some ways to engage youth in agriculture programs?

• Are youths interested to learn about agriculture? How may social media and other ICTs be used to engage or educate them, such as training young farmers to better manage their agri-business?
• What youth in agriculture activities or groups and programs exist in the Pacific? For such programs, what challenges do we face in engaging youth and how do we overcome these?
• Do you know youths who are developing software or mobile applications for agriculture?

Experiences may be specific to agriculture or youth projects, or relate to whole-of-community programs or to other program areas such as development, climate change, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) or Management (DRM), renewable energy, gender or any other topic given it‟s likely we can transfer the stories, lessons learned, social media and ICT innovations, into practical applications for youth and agriculture approaches.

Your responses will assist SPC LRD to collate these valuable experiences to help with both their projects and, ultimately, to help people working with youth and agriculture in the Pacific.

Reclaiming Agriculture for Pacific Youths Reclaiming Agriculture for Pacific Youths

Date added: 03/18/2011
Date modified: 03/18/2011
Filesize: 273.1 kB
Downloads: 3913
Youth and Farming > An "Enabling Environment"

Are young people interested in farming? This depends on the possibilities they see in terms of work, wages and livelihoods. A thorough survey has shown what young people in the Pacific think, and different efforts are already showing positive results.
Text: Miriama Brown, Marita Manley, Vikash Kumar and Danny Hunter

Farming Matters| March 2011

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PAFPNet provides an opportunity for stakeholders to connect, share and engage in forums and activities intended for the development of effective agriculture and forestry policies.  It also offers a platform for Pacific stakeholders to correlate with those from other regions and institutions and learn from their experiences in agricultural and forestry policy development and implementation.  PAFPNet is forging closer alliances and cooperation with other regional and international networks, particularly with the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

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