Agribusiness

Policy drivers for public private partnerships in pacific organics: improving extension policy through an evidence-based approach

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Fiji Ginger
Project code
ADP/2018/131
Program
Budget
AUD 139,335
Research program manager
Mr Howard Hall
Project leader
Dr Christine Jacobson, University of the Sunshine Coast
Duration:
AUG 2020
FEB 2021
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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Overview

This project aims to understand how government and non-government actors can best work together to deliver public-private partnerships in extension so the organic sector can capitalize on export demand.

Globally, commercial organics increased in production value by 345% (2000-2014), with demand outstripping supply by up to 40% for some produce types. Fiji and Vanuatu have since embarked on organic policy development, with significant growth potential, for example from the recent lifting of restrictions such as Australia’s previous restriction on ginger imports.

However, only 2.8% of land in Pacific Islands is under organic production.There is therefore significant potential for future market development in this region. The project will focus on high value established markets of coffee, ginger, cocoa and coconut producers in Fiji and Vanuatu.

The project employs an overarching participatory action research methodology consisting of planning (design), action (implementation), observations (monitor), and reflection (evaluate and adapt). 

Expected project outcomes

  • Reviewing current policies and programs, and policy drivers, that influence partnership approaches for extension in the organics sector.
  • Conducting evidence-based case studies to understand policy drivers for effective public-private partnerships in the organic sector.
  • Validating findings for relevance to other sectors, markets and supply chains.
Key partners
Pacific Community (SPC) Fiji
C-King Community Consultancy, Australia
University of Adelaide, Australia