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 2010.003 Developing markets and products for the Pacific Island and PNG canarium nut industry.

In this project, PARDI is investigating ways to assist Pacific Island canarium nut smallholders to commercialise this valuable commodity and enable locals to evolve a buoyant industry that provides livelihood benefits. Research is looking at mechanisms to achieve consistent product and other techniques to improve overall product quality.

PRA 2011.06 Development of a market mechanism for Teak and other high-value timber in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.

High-value timber could offer significant livelihood benefits to people of the Pacific Islands. Through this research, PARDI is investigating how to enhance teak production by linking individual teak growers in their harvesting and marketing activities, including working towards Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) group certification.

PRA 2012.03 Improving processing and marketing to improve the Tamarind value chain in Vanuatu.

Tamarind is widely grown and consumed in villages in Vanuatu. Demand for value-added tamarind products in Port Vila often exceeds supply.  In this project, PARDI aims to develop the tamarind industry in Vanuatu by increasing the knowledge and capacity of farmers, processors, government and private sector stakeholders to enable them to take advantage of tamarind opportunities.


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