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Can digitalisation support improved efficiency and transparency within kava value chains?

Kava is one of Fiji’s most important agricultural commodities. The PARDI2 team has been working with Fiji Kava, a market leader in kava processing, to develop an internal control system that assists external kava suppliers to comply with third party organic certification. Building on this work, Fiji Kava requested PARDI2 to investigate the possibility of …

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Women must be counted

A new study highlights that women fishers’ contributions to small scale fisheries have been undercounted leading to uninformed small-scale fisheries (SSF) policies and management. Reversing these shortcomings will be crucial to meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 (conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development) and Goal 5 (achieve gender equality and …

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Women’s leadership in Pacific Agriculture

The integration of women in historically male-dominated fields in the Pacific in this new decade is being realised at all job levels, including senior management. For International Women’s Day this year, The Pacific Community’s Land Resources Division (LRD) is celebrating its first woman Director, Karen Mapusua and the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON) its …

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The Bee Doctor

This article was first published by Southern Cross University on 10 February 2021 and is reproduced here with their kind permission. The original article can be viewed here. The PARDI2 team are delighted to have been collaborating with Dr Schouten in support of beekeepers in Fiji. Dr Cooper Schouten has been fascinated by bees ever …

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Prioritising food security and local value chains in Tonga

Two years ago we interviewed established, thriving agribusinesses in Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga, hoping to identify the key ingredients in their success, measured not solely by growth or revenue, but by longevity. The 15 businesses involved notched up a combined 200 years experience of highs and lows. The resulting report, documenting lessons and success factors, was appropriately titled, “Learning from the Survivors”.

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