Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands – Known as the “Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific” Project
The series of events over the years prompted PIPSO and partners to formulate a proposal for a joint project and this tripartite collaboration was forged. Starting in January 2016, PIPSO, in collaboration with CTA, with funding support from the IFAD, have launched its “Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands “ Project.
It is a 4 year project covering 7 Pacific countries – Kiribati, Fiji, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu – but will lots of potential and opportunities for shared learning to the other Pacific island countries.
The project goal is to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island governments, farmer and private sector organisations, and sub-regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, to mobilise financing, that can effectively enable people to increase their access to nutritious and healthy food.
The project’s 2 objectives are:
Objective 1: Develop national roadmaps and sub-regional cooperation programmes in support to stakeholder driven partnerships based on PPPs, aimed at enhancing the production and marketing of nutritious local foods and fish in an environmentally sustainable way.
Objective 2: Support national governments and regional institutions in developing a regulatory and policy environment that is supportive to the development and upgrade of local food crops and fisheries value chains.
PIPSO and its Role
For PIPSO, and its role, it is about ensuring that private sector and sections of the community undertaking enterprising agribusiness and agritourism activities can benefit from the series of interventions earmarked, especially with links to agrinutrition, and promoting the consumption of local produce and cuisine.
As the project is rolled out, that:
- as the project works with Government and policy makers on sustainable food systems strategies and interventions, that PIPSO and its constituents, the private sector, also contribute to the broader discussions and debate on reconciling agriculture and nutrition;
- for Pacific businesses and entrepreneurs involved in agribusiness (which include farmers and producers), the food security and nutrition security needs to be considered as it develops business plans and considerations to shift from subsistence to market-oriented production, and to be profitable and commercially oriented;
- those providing any support to Private Sector could consider food security innovations aimed at improving food access through promotion of income earning opportunities such as agro-processing and value addition;
- Pacific agribusinesses consider crops and other products (livestock, aquaculture, etc.) with respect to their socio-economic potential, agricultural productivity, contribution to the agricultural growth, as well as to their food security and nutrition criteria, especially as the Pacific continues to face an NCD crisis; and
- targeting vulnerable groups and the empowerment of women (in agribusiness)is also an important intervention and one that recognises the need for equitable growth and social justice and to reduce the persistent economic and social disparities.