Project final report
Soil management in Pacific Islands: investigating nutrient cycling and development of the soils portal - Final Report
Sustainable agriculture is fundamental to the future prosperity of the Pacific Island Countries Territories (PICTs). Commercial farming is an important source of employment and export revenue, while subsistence farming underpins food security for most rural areas. Diverse farming systems operate across the region, from traditional gardening systems to commercial mechanised farming.
The intensification of traditional gardening systems in the PICTs has depleted the soil nutrient capital. Comprehensive nutrient budgeting is essential for improving farm productivity and agricultural resilience on volcanic islands and sand atolls.
Through this project, the research team has identified that:
- There is no one approach to agricultural extension and advisory services in the Pacific region – Knowledge transfer approaches need to be context appropriate.
- Future work should look for opportunities to build on existing connections and relationships between the different actors in the knowledge system to improve adoption.
- Pacific Community (SPC) Pacific Islands Extension Strategy has underpinning principles of strengthening networks and partnerships.