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Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands



The Pacific is a unique but diverse region comprising several remote islands, many of which share similar challenges. Traditionally, Pacific islanders depended on crop production and fishing to sustain their daily diets and livelihoods. However, food and nutrition security, health and incomes are being threatened by decline in agricultural production, overfishing and illegal fishing, changing dietary habits, increased dependence on imported processed foods, youth unemployment and increasing urbanisation, the effects of climate change, volatility in international markets and limitations in the policy, financial and institutional environment. The population of the Pacific islands is expected to double by 2050, which will put further strain on the agri-food and health systems.

The aim

The aim of this project is to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific island governments, farmer and private-sector organisations and subregional institutions to develop innovative strategies and programmes that can increase poor rural people’s access to nutritious and healthy food and to mobilise the funds needed to deliver these.

The approach 

The project aims at improving local food supply, income and nutrition outcomes by building value-chain-specific public-private partnerships (value-chain coordination/agricultural innovation platforms) and effective linkages between knowledge institutes, government and industry to drive innovation and attract investments. To achieve this, the project employs a three-pronged approach: • Analyse – Build the evidence base • Act – Build capacity for change • Advocate – Share practices and lobby for policy change and development impact at scale. Local communities and public and private actors will participate and drive the setting of the agenda for an innovative agricultural sector that will contribute to better nutrition, higher incomes and a sustainable agri-food system.

The beneficiaries


  • Governments and public national and sub-regional agencies 
  • Private agro-enterprises (including those owned by women and young people) 
  • Decision-makers in international organisations and NGOs 
  • Producers and community-based organisations (including farmers’ organisations) 
  • Financiers


  • Farmer and fisherfolk households 
  • Rural communities 
  • Women

The impact

Increased nutritional status and long-term financial and physical health of poor rural communities, especially women and young children. Increased production and consumption of local nutritious, culturally and environmentally sensitive foods and fish. Innovative approaches to public-private partnerships in addressing food and nutrition challenges and designing policies that stimulate development. Cooperation programmes that speed the development of agribusinesses that support local crop and fisheries value chains and food systems.

The long view

Develop innovative profitable and sustainable value chains with focus on increased production of nutritious foods for local consumption and export driven by agribusinesses and 40.000 farmers and fisher folk. Strategic partnerships with governments, private sector, universities, international organisations and farming communities to ensure best practices and successful initiatives are scaled up and taken up by other countries.


  • Mainstreaming nutritionally, culturally and environmentally sensitive value chains: (I) identification of local food crops and fisheries value chains, and (II) policy, regulatory and institutional constraints, (III) design of private- and public-sector strategies and interventions for value-chain development and their mainstreaming into national development frameworks and sectoral development plans. 
  • National and sub-regional policy dialogue, and partnership development: (I) development of action plans for the selected value chains through sub-regional and national forums, roundtable workshops, and consultations, (II) provision of technical assistance for local business plan development, (III) drafting of supporting regulations and policies and participatory integrated business development plans and landscape and fisheries management plans. 
  • Monitoring and evaluation: (i) development of baselines, (ii) tracking and reporting on progress, and (iii) final evaluation. 
  • A knowledge management and communication plan with a strong focus on using innovative information and communication technologies is implemented. Gender sensitive approach is mainstreamed in all activities.

Project updates

Featured publication


Profiling Bioactive Compounds and Key Nutrients in Pacific Island Crops and Marine Resources


Funding partners

Implementing partners


Country focus

Featured event

Sep 17

‘Organised farmers as partners in agribusiness - Optimising the performance of producers’ organisations’

Within the framework of the CTA/IFAD/PIPSO project Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands, CTA is facilitating the participation of eight leaders in agriculture, agribusiness and value chain development from Fiji, Samoa, Kirib…
Bennekomseweg 24, Ede, Netherlands

Project outputs

Profiling Bioactive Compounds and Key Nutrients in Pacific Island Crops and Marine Resources

Building the evidence base on the agricultural nutrition nexus: Marshall Islands

A Learning Journey at the Inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture in Vanuatu

Lessons Learned from Initial Piloting of Farmer-Orientated Value Chain Training in the Pacific