Pacific Agribusiness Research in Development Initiative Phase 2 (PARDI 2)

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Project code
AUD 2,660,199
Research program manager
Mr Howard Hall
Project leader
Steven Underhill - University of the Sunshine Coast
JUN 2017
DEC 2022
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project is identifying and understanding how agribusiness development opportunities can contribute to improved economic growth and livelihoods in the Pacific. 

A flourishing agribusiness sector is vital for sustainable economic growth in the Pacific Island countries (PICs). 

It is central to reducing poverty, especially in rural communities, and delivering an improved trade balance, both of which are key goals of Pacific Island governments and their development partners. 

Agribusinesses in the PICs have many disadvantages but, despite the challenges, agribusiness has the potential to develop value chains in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors that are more efficient and inclusive, and which take advantage of new opportunities for primary production, value-adding and marketing. 

Building on the Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI), this second phase will look at the reasons certain agribusinesses have succeeded, document their positive impacts on community livelihoods and investigate how best to extend and make their economic benefits more inclusive and sustainable.

Expected project outcomes

  • Positive impact on the commercial viability and business growth of at least 13 lead agribusinesses, farmer organisations and associated value chains.
  • New and/or more secure employment in the agribusiness sector for at least 250 employees and contractors (on an average of 20 employees per agribusiness).
  • At least two new agribusinesses established and operating in each of the three project countries.
  • A greater awareness of the benefits and opportunities for agribusiness and its potential to become the mainstay of rural economies.
  • Increased knowledge and opportunities leading to greater confidence and an increased desire among rural people, especially youth and women, to participate more fully in agribusiness and other value-adding activities.
  • Niche opportunities sought for improving food safety and production, as well as more nutritious foods, contributing to better nutritional security and reductions in communicable and non-communicable diseases. 
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Key partners
Pacific Community Fiji
Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network
Pacific Islands Development Forum
Pacific Islands Private Sector Organization
Southern Cross University
University of Adelaide
University of Queensland
University of the South Pacific
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Fact sheet AGB/2014/057