Impact Stories

Women-led agribusiness in Samoa reaches global markets

 Taaloga Apa
by Taaloga Apa

Imagine a small women-led organisation in a remote Pacific island nation supplying products sold in more than 3,000 shops in 66 countries. Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), a non-profit organisation working with 1,000 farming families in Samoa is doing just that, and much more.

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Blog articles

The building blocks for better value chains

 Jaclyn Bolt
by Jaclyn Bolt

The UN reports that around 50% of crop value vanishes between harvesting and the point of sale. AgUnity – an Australian agri-tech start-up established in 2016 – aims to address this issue in Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Ethiopia with the help of blockchain technology.

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A dynamic future for young agripreneurs

Among the numerous topics addressed during the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture in Port Vila, Vanuatu from October 16-20, the place of young people into agribusiness ventures has caught a lot of attention. A concrete way to bring new incomes in Pacific Island states and to fight youth unemployment and rural exodus.

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The story of the food is the story of the people

Deliberations and discussions continue at the 2nd Pacific Agribusiness Forum on food tourism, agritourism and agribusiness. Intensive sessions on 31 August 2016 explored examples in agritourism as well as the power of branding iconic products within the Vanuatu and Samoan contexts. Working group discussions paved the way for an actionable plan to be put together before the forum closes tomorrow afternoon.

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Opinion articles

Agritourism: Solidifying synergies between the Solomon Islands’ key sectors

 Ezekiel Parairae
by Ezekiel Parairae

The Solomon Islands, a nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific, is an LDC (least developed country) with an abundance of natural resources. Since its independence in 1978, the country has largely depended on agricultural and forest resources for its economic growth; export revenues from primary resources such as logging, mining, agricultural products, and fisheries are the main sources of income.

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Background articles

Channeling Africa's water resources to build resilience

 Caspar Van Vark
by Caspar Van Vark

Relying solely on rain-fed agriculture limits farmers’ ability to improve yields and income. Irrigation can unlock their potential, but it requires a combination of technology, finance and support.

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Agritourism - a driver for rural incomes in Pacific island states

The full potential for agritourism – a combined strategy linking agriculture and tourism – has yet to be tapped in many Pacific countries, according to speakers at a workshop organised during the Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA). Strong growth in tourism offers valuable opportunities for the local industries and rural communities in Pacific Small Island Developing States.

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A shared journey of learning at the Pacific Week of Agriculture

The first Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) opened on 16 Oct 2017 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Taking the theme CROPS – Culture, Resilience, Opportunities, Products, Sustainability - PWA sets out to foster dialogue and commitment for realising the potential of agriculture in a region that is facing a number of economic, social and environmental challenges.

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News articles

"Since we revamped the website, partners have been coming through to us", Alisi Tuqa, PIPSO’s acting CEO

Blending tradition with innovation to boost rural incomes

Rural households in Samoa are being connected to income streams by adding value to local products and marketing via the Internet. Adimaimalaga Tafunai, Executive Director of Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), explains how linking indigenous traditions to ICT tools is helping to improve smallholder livelihoods and stem the rural exodus.

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New horizons for Pacific aquaculture

In the Pacific, three seafood companies using sustainable fishery practices to conserve the health of marine ecosystems and contribute to the local economy have received international recognition for their novel business models.

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Pacific youth share lessons on climate-resilience

Over the last two years, CTA’s Youth leading learning in climate-resilient value chains in the Pacific (YLLP) project has supported a variety of activities aimed at improving livelihood opportunities for young farmers by training them on using ICTs to promote organic farming practices.

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The value of data in connecting farmers to the marketplace in Samoa

CTA has recently interviewed Marissa Areli, Senior Data Officer at Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI). WIBDI is dedicated to strengthening Samoan village economies and promote fair trade. Marissa Areli joined WIBDI in July 2015. Her work involves transferring farmer information, such as type of production, income status and village name into online reports, to help connect farmers to the market and tourists to the farmers.

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Iese Mataia / Samoa: Building a bright future in farming

Iese Mataia, 24, from Vaitele, Samoa, had always planned to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a carpenter. He was working with a construction company when he heard about the Organic Warriors Academy programme launched by CTA partner Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI) to encourage young people to return to the land. It was a decision that was to change his life.

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Alberta Vitale: We should be talking more to each other to share our experiences, knowledge and markets

Interview with Alberta Vitale, Associate Director of Women in Business Development Inc (WIBDI), in Samoa. The organisation is dedicated to strengthening village economies in Samoa in ways that honour indigenous tradition, use traditional and modern technology, and promote fair trade. WIBDI works with 187 villages and over 1,000 individual farming families in Samoa.

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Data Reports

Regional trade takes root

 Susanna Cartmell-Thorp
by Susanna Cartmell-Thorp

Whilst it is generally easier for Pacific Island companies to export to Australia and New Zealand than to neighbouring island states, Fiji-based Kaiming Agro Processing Limited (KAPL) has overcome technical and quality challenges to successfully trade cassava, ginger and taro to Kiribati and Tuvalu

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Scientific Articles

Counting coconuts with drones

On the Pacific islands of Samoa drone technology is used in a coconut tree survey to forecast more accurately yield and production of virgin coconut oil.

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