Project final report

Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high value crop production - Final Report

Date released
01 June 2019
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Mike Furlong


This project aimed to build and sustain the capacity to develop integrated crop management strategies to support the sustainable intensification of high-value crop production for export and domestic markets in the Pacific Islands. 

The development of high-value crops for domestic consumption and export is considered a priority for economic development and improved livelihoods in many Pacific island countries. However, attempts to intensify production of such crops, in response to economic incentives but without adequate attention to research-and-development (R&D) to underpin this intensification (especially to identify well-adapted varieties and develop locally relevant sustainable production technologies), has led to any gains being limited and short-lived. There have also been serious threats to health and the environment, through inappropriate application of pesticides which are hazardous to human health and the often-fragile environments of Pacific Island countries, improper use of other inputs and degradation of the natural resource base.

This project aimed to initiate the development of a longer-term program to sustain the development of high-value crops by focusing on building regional and national R&D capacity, working with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and its national partners.

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