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Linking Development - 'Eua marketplace opens in Tongatapu
  Showers of rain only made for blessings for the Opening Ceremony of the ‘Eua marketplace on June 20, 2014. The weather forecast of rain and some thunderstorms did not deter the spirits of the ‘Eua people who were setting up sales at their new marketplace. For some, it has been a hard journey but will soon be forgotten in the joys of the success. In the previous year, 13 communities in...
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Why does the transfer of Agriculture Technology by Line Ministries fail so regularly?
A much over-looked reality of rural development initiatives anywhere is that when technical changes (such as attempts to improve crop yields) are introduced, to be successful and sustainable, they  must be preceded by comprehensive community engagement intended to ensure those communities are prepared, enthusiastic and able to take up those technologies.  How many apparently sound...
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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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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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