Cicia Island in Fiji’s Lau Group is one of the first fully organic islands in the Pacific. This short film documents the start of development of an organic participatory guarantee system which will assist local farmers provide the guarantee that consumers want that what they buy is truly organic. The film also shows how the whole community has embraced the concept to secure the future of the island – its environment, people and livelihoods. This project is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD), Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom).
Kyle Stice, Managing Director of PIFON, talks about what the MTCP2 means for farmers and farmer organizations in the Pacific (22 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)
"The Pacific is very excited to be part of MTCP2. We have already elected 5 national implementing agencies. We will be working in Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands.
"Our countries have already identified activities that are in line with the objectives of MTCP2 and we are excited to get things happening on the ground, as well as on the regional level, with our network.
"For PIFON, some of the specific activities that we will be looking at over these 3-year MTCP project is focusing on farmer-to-farmer exchanges, transfer of information, whether it be about farming, whether it be about your farmer organization, between the members.
"A lot of our member organizations have been very successful in helping small farmers link up to markets. We are hoping to take up some of these success stories and share them around the Pacific, so that more of our farmer organizations can help rural farmers take advantage of these opportunities."
For most of their lives, every one of the 1200 fishermen in this village in the south of India described themselves as slaves. They were in debt to money-lenders and a corrupt system ensured that they could never pay off what they owed. It was only when they formed a group that they could work together to secure their freedom.
Steve Hazelman from the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community shared this video from a small NGO project in Samoa to produce biogas for cooking. Something for introducing or up-scaling in your project area?