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Fijis 2013 Budget Increases Allocation to Agriculture
Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture has been allocated $FD51,605,000 ($USD 29m) an increase of $USD500,000 from the 2012 allocation.  Major capital projects that will be undertaken next year include the Export Promotion Project $1.0m.  Food Security Project $1.0m and the Rice Revitalizations Project $1.5m. Agriculture is a vital sector of the economy and Fiji needs to do what we can to...
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Smart Financing in the Pacific
  Peter M. lives and works in Auki, the capital of Malaita Province, in the Solomon Islands.  He’s a beneficiary of the Rural Development Programme (RDP) a $30 million initiative co-financed by the World Bank, AusAid, European Union and IFAD, which has been supporting remote communities, rural populations and small businesses since 2009. Peter's core business is collecting copra from...
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IFAD strategy presented at Pacific CSO Forum
The draft  IFAD Strategic Opportunities  Programme(SRESOP) 2013-18 was presented  by Pacific Island Sub Regional Coordinator Sakiusa Tubuna at the Pacific Regional CSO Partnership Meeting for Development Effectiveness that was held  recently in Nadi  Fiji. The meeting was attended by 40 representatives of CSOs from 16 Pacific Island countries. During the meeting...
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The delivery challenge - getting goods to remote rural communities in the Pacific Islands
One of the biggest challenges for agriculture and rural development projects in the Pacific Islands, especially those with a strong community-driven development agenda, is the effective and efficient delivery of goods and services to remote rural communities. Delivering social infrastructure, in the Solomon Islands Rural Development Project (RDP), for instance, has proven to be time...
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Change and Continuity in the IFAD Pacific Islands Programme
As many of IFAD stakeholders will know by now, as of 14 August the responsibility for the IFAD programme in the Pacific was shifted from Ron Hartman to me.  As the new Country Programme Manager I am delighted for this chance to serve our Member States in the region (now including Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga...
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