Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Improvement of Key Services to Agriculture
This project is designed to alleviate poverty for the most vulnerable groups in sugar dependent areas focusing on the provision of direct support to farmers to diversify into the production of horticultural crops, and through the provision of indirect support to farmers by supporting sugar cane research and extension.
The objective of the IKSA project is to cushion the economic and social impacts of the sugar restructuring by supporting a diversified, market-driven agriculture and supporting Fairtrade associations that provide additional revenue to farmers.
The main focus of IKSA is to increase on-farm incomes of households in the target areas by assisting identified farmers to produce horticultural goods & increase sugar production.
IKSA is aims to develop new opportunities in horticultural and sugar markets through research and the provision of assistance to farmers to venture into horticultural crops through improved access to agricultural inputs such as fertilizers, seeds, and assistance with land preparation, as well as technical assistance on production and marketing.
· Produce 200,000 papaya seedlings/year are produced by 2015, i.e., after the start-up period of 2012 at least 33,000 per semester between 2013 and 2015.
· Train 500 people from the target group by end of the project
· Doubling the pulse production compared with 2012 and recapture 15% of 2012 imports for fruits and vegetables at the end of the project as compared to the starting of the project
· Export of fruits and vegetables reach 3000t/year at the end of the project
· Yield 25t on mixed seeds are produced by the end of the project
The Fairtrade Coordination Unit implements the sugar assistance component of IKSA in collaboration with the Fiji Sugar industry stakeholders.
· 3000 Grower Technology Gangs and 500 lead farmers have been mobilised by end of 2015.
· 35% of registered growers have been trained in farm management by end of project
· 75% Satisfaction with Fairtrade certified CPA services provided for the farmers by 2015