Engaging Youths in Fiji and Vanuatu in Organic Farming: A Farm to Table Chain Approach

The project responds to the Fiji and Vanuatu Governments' request to assist on their ongoing efforts to address youth unemployment with the following objectives:

  • Help develop the knowledge and skills youths need for the labour market, and help secure decent work opportunities in wage/self-employment.
  • Create employment opportunities in organic agriculture through a value chain approach of public private partnerships in key the agriculture and tourism sector. 
  • Strengthen the institutional capacity of the National Youth Councils. 
  • Address the vulnerability of youth working within an informal sector by supporting policy dialogue with governments and creating enabling environment for small to medium enterprises. 

Our work

  • Unlock the potential of youth in the Pacific
  • Promote the link between the tourism and agriculture sector, which seems to offer opportunities for inclusive economic growth
  • Organic agriculture can reduce Pacific island countries' dependency on food imports, and improve nutrition intake. 
  • Innovation and South-South cooperation
  • Partnerships
  • Key activities 
    • Scope, identify and motivate youth in agriculture
    • Design and organise production training on specific organic crops
    • Develop production plans to service local and export organic crop demand.
    • Provide on-going extension, quality control and monitoring support to farmers.
    • Scope and identify hotels/restaurants and supermarkets/ wholesalers for supply requirements
    • Establish skills database with national youth councils, of youth trained and certified as organic producers and match with demand from restaurants/resorts and wholesalers/supermarkets.
    • Establish supply chain from farm to table with relevant organisations and logistics supports.

Status:

Completed

Project start date:

January 2016

Estimated end date:

December 2019

Focus area:

  • accelerate structural transformations
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Fiji

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Mptf-sdg Fund
  • Amount contributed

    $1,143,207

    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 $11

    2019 $16,756

    2018 $458,716

    2017 $42,811

    2016 $406,118

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