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Agency’s Hand To Assist Rural Agriculture Communities Recognised

Agency’s Hand To Assist Rural Agriculture Communities Recognised
April 29
11:39 2016

Efforts of the International Fund for Agricultural Development have been recognised by our Government for partnering up in the Fiji Agricultural Partnership Project.

The organisation has taken the opportunity to partner and develop the lives of the people that live in rural and vulnerable communities through the project.

As part of the project, a special Agribusiness Development Unit within the AgTrade Section of the Ministry of Agriculture has been set up.

This is to help in dealing with hardships faced by these disadvantaged communities in a more agile, efficient and effective way.

The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Sugar, Jitendra Singh, highlighted these sentiments as he opened the Stakeholder workshop of the Fiji Agricultural Partnership Project at the Holiday Inn Suva this week.

Mr Singh believes rural areas hold the key to solve some of the most critical challenges facing humanity.

“Developing them is central to overcome hunger and poverty, mitigating climate change, achieving energy security and protecting the environment,” he said.

 

The project

Fiji Agricultural Partnership Project’s (FAPP) objective is to reduce hardship in the remote rural communities of Fiji.

It also creates an opportunity for farming as a business for highland communities.

The project involves transitioning about 2000 household farmers from highlands, from a subsistence model to “production for profit” in response to increased real demand and sustained structural improvements in agribusiness value chains in the country.

The project will be based within the seven districts of the Province of Ba, Nadroga/Navosa and Naitasiri.

The program will be measured by improvements in the Household Dietary score and the Household Asset Ownership Index.

The main indicator will be the number of households that are regularly marketing agricultural outputs to trading or processing enterprises.

Mr Singh said it is a slightly different form, but it is a model which has proven successful in other parts of the country.

“Smallholder agriculture can lead economic growth in Fiji.

“And lift most Fijians out of poverty but only if it is market-oriented, profitable and environmentally sustainable,” he said.

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