This project aims to conduct a detailed scoping study to develop a third party verified voluntary sustainable certification program for key commodities in Vanuatu that recognises and compensates for the non-commodity outputs of sustainable farming systems and agritourism.
Voluntary certification offers a potential avenue to add value to the non-commodity outputs that traditional agricultural systems in Vanuatu provide by facilitating increased access to environmentally conscious consumers in high value local and global markets.
Certification can also provide an effective tool to incentivise sustainable practices, equitable distribution patterns and produce for high value niche markets through the branding of key commodities as ‘sustainable'. However, it is vital that standards for certification meet global requirements while also meeting the local context in Vanuatu.
Therefore, this project seeks to apply globally recognised standards for adding value to non-commodity outputs from sustainable agricultural systems and adapt them to a Vanuatu context with the aim to support smallholder farmers in Vanuatu to engage in multi-functionality and diversification of agriculture and agritourism. The activities will seek to understand, and potentially commence the development of a third party verified voluntary sustainable certification program for sustainable agricultural systems focusing on key commodities (beef, kava, cocoa, coffee, agritourism) and non- commodity outputs (such as ecosystem services climate change resilience and mitigation, traditional knowledge systems and biodiversity) in Vanuatu.
- Clarifying what types of non-commodity outputs are being produced from sustainable farming systems in Vanuatu through primary and secondary data and gain an understanding of what these sustainability outputs mean from the perspective of key smallholder commodities/industries in Vanuatu.
- Applying globally recognised standards for recognising non-commodity outputs from sustainable farming systems and agritourism and assess application in a Vanuatu context.
- Gaining recognition of standards by both globally recognised accreditation bodies and the Vanuatu Bureau of Standards.
- Supporting the potential design and governance structure of a third party verified voluntary sustainable certification program for key commodities in Vanuatu (with possible amalgamation with the Pacifica Organica).