|Isei Namacamaca (right) grows lettuce and other vegetables in the highlands. |
Bevatu Settlement, Nadrau, Viti Levu, Fiji.
I stopped off in Fiji for a few days last week before arriving in Samoa for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States. I wanted to see some of the work that IFAD is doing in the country. Through the Partnership in High Value Agriculture Project (PHVA), farmers are learning to grow a variety of produce and to tap into the high-demand tourism and hospitality market.
|A commercial farm in Sigatoka sells produce directly to buyers from the hospitality industry. |
Viti Levu, Fiji
|Workers at the Manasa Trading company sort long beans and cut off the tips in order to |
conform to export standards for a New Zealand buyer in Sigatoka, Viti Levu, Fiji
Monasa Trading is a privately-owned company that was set up in 2010. It buys produce directly from farmers in and around Sigatoka. They prepare and package the produce and sell it to companies in New Zealand and Canada. The project helps Suren Kumar, owner of the company, to meet export standards and to work efficiently with local farmers. He exports 10 - 15 tons of produce per week.
|Sereana Rakalo is a member of the women's group who grow citrus. Here she is outside |
her home in Naiyaca Village, Viti Levu, Fiji ©IFAD/Susan Beccio
In places like Fiji, a little bit of support and technical guidance can go a long way. Small island states deserve our attention, not just as tourists but as development partners as well.