Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific Islands

Project code
AUD 4,512,561
Research program manager
Ms Irene Kernot
Project leader
Michael Furlong, University of Queensland, Australia
APR 2018
SEP 2023
Project status
Legally committed/Active
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This project aims to develop integrated pest and disease management strategies for the sustainable intensification of fruit and vegetable crop production, addressing the threats posed by the inappropriate use of pesticides, emerging pests and diseases and climate change.

The development of high-value fruit and vegetable crops for both domestic consumption and export is considered a priority for economic development and improved livelihoods in many Pacific island countries.

This project builds on the gains and success made in the previous ACIAR project HORT-2010-090 from 2017. In doing so, it aims to address the increased incidence and severity of pests and diseases throughout the Pacific islands due to accidental incursion and/or environmental change. This will in turn contribute to the broader development goal of improving the livelihoods of smallholders and their communities in the Pacific islands.

Expected project outcomes

  • Building diagnostic and strategic planning capacity for integrated pest and disease management, including biological control.
  • Developing (and, where possible, implement) biological control strategies for invasive and emergent pests of selected crops and cropping systems.
  • Extending integrated pest and disease management and insecticide resistance management strategies to additional cropping systems.
Map of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga
Key partners
Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Samoa
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Fisheries, Tonga
Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Soloman Islands
National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea
Pacific Community, Fiji
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Fact Sheet HORT/2016/185