Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI)

PARDI — ‘Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative’ — commenced in February 2010. The project is coordinated by The University of Queensland and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).  PARDI seeks to create sustainable livelihood development outcomes for the South Pacific forestry, fisheries and crop-based sectors. 

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Project listing:

PRA 2010.005 Developing commercial breadfruit production systems for the Pacific Islands.

Breadfruit is one of the most significant food security crops in the Pacific Islands. This PARDI project is focused on helping the emerging breadfruit export industry by supporting the development of plantation-based production.  Fundamental to achieving this is identification of elite planting material and the development of techniques to support their mass propagation.

PRA 2011.01 Facilitating Improved livelihoods for Pacific Cocoa Producer Networks through Premium Market Access.

High-value market opportunities exist for Pacific cocoa; however, in many instances these opportunities are not being realised. To help improve the commercial potential of this commodity, PARDI researchers are investigating how to enhance the overall quality and reputation of Pacific cocoa so that industry can reap the rewards of what has the potential to be a premium-quality product.

PRA 2011.03 Developing an integrated participatory guarantee scheme in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable production of high-value vegetable crops.

Vegetable smallholders across the Pacific Islands struggle to access high-value markets. The aim of this project is to assist smallholder farmers in Fiji and the Solomon Islands to improve product quality and uniformity of supply and boost their bargaining power by improving coordination between smallholders and other industry stakeholders.

PRA 2011.04 Developing a clean seed system for market-ready taro cultivars in Samoa.

Taro plays an integral role in food security across the Pacific Islands. In recent years taro leaf blight has caused significant damage to industry. This PARDI project is about assisting locals to reinvigorate their industry through the development and use of clean, disease-free planting material.

SRA 2010.01 Consumer perception and acceptance of new taro varieties in domestic and high potential export markets.

This PARDI project links in with PARDI clean seed taro research and is the next step in the process to rebuild the Samoan taro industry.  It focuses on understanding consumer demands in terms of quality, including preferred presentation and taste, so that plant breeders can better target ‘consumer preferred’ taro varieties for commercialisation.

SRA 2011.01 Does a Whole of Supply Chain (WoSC) approach deliver market-driven opportunities to generate a sustainable cash economy to local communities in the Pacific.

PARDI work is about improving the livelihoods of Pacific Islands peoples. This study investigates whether or not these outcomes flow through to locals by looking at the underlying social structures in the region and some of the effects of assistance through the PARDI project.

SRA 2011.06 Cocoa Value Chain Initiative: support supply chain capability and market transformation to improve smallholder integration in the Pacific cocoa sector.

The Cocoa Value Chain Initiative is focussed on helping Pacific cocoa growers to access additional resources and support that could lead to important local commercial value-adding opportunities. 


The PARDI research program is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)