Pacific island farmers lend new voice to worldwide organic farming movement

By Pacific Island Times News Staff

With the growth of organic farming in the Pacific islands, regional organizations saw the need to pave the way for island farmers to access the global market and worldwide network.

This was the goal of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) new platform that will give voice and participation to Pacific farmers in the worldwide organic movement.

The initiative is under SPC's Land Resources Division (LRD) Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom).

In 2009, the Food and Agriculture Office explored the potential of organic agriculture and fair trade in Pacific island countries, with a specific focus on cacao, coffee, pepper, vanilla and virgin coconut oil. FAO studied the five main commodities in Cook Islands, Fiji, . Kiribati, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

SPC announced the launch of the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmer Organizations (INOFO) Oceania Pasifika during the virtual INOFO general assembly, providing organic farmer organizations from the Pacific countries, New Zealand and Australia a common voice and platform. INOFO held the second of its two-meeting assembly on Oct. 25.