Project final report

Assessment of markets and production constraints to small ruminant farming in the Pacific island countries - final report

Date released
18 October 2019
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Fran Cowley, Geoff Smith, Romana Roschinsky, Michelle Carnegie


The goal of the SRA was to understand current small ruminant (SR) production and marketing, the demand for SR meat, and to identify the research needed for developing profitable smallholder SR production in Pacific Island countries.

It aimed to assess the existing potential, and additional needs, for future small ruminant production system research to have an impact on the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in the Pacific. It sought to broadly describe the markets and value chains for small ruminants across the Pacific region, with a focus on the key small ruminant producing countries of Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa.

It assessed the institutional support and capacity in the region for future small ruminant R4D projects, identifying key personnel and institutions, and areas where further capacity-building is required. It undertook a more detailed analysis of production systems and farmers in Fiji, the most significant small ruminant producing country in the region.

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