The Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI): A novel approach to horticultural development in the Pacific

Underhill, S. J. R., Stringer, R., Bryceson, K., Prasad, B. C. and Shearer, D. (2011). The Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI): A novel approach to horticultural development in the Pacific. In: XXVIII International Horticultural Congress on Science and Horticulture for People (IHC2010): International Symposium on Horticulture for Development. XXVIII International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010), Lisbon Portugal, (17-24). 22-28 August 2010.

Author Underhill, S. J. R.
Stringer, R.
Bryceson, K.
Prasad, B. C.
Shearer, D.
Title of paper The Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI): A novel approach to horticultural development in the Pacific
Conference name XXVIII International Horticultural Congress (IHC2010)
Conference location Lisbon Portugal
Conference dates 22-28 August 2010
Proceedings title XXVIII International Horticultural Congress on Science and Horticulture for People (IHC2010): International Symposium on Horticulture for Development   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789066054509
ISSN 0567-7572
Volume 921
Start page 17
End page 24
Total pages 8
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Pacific island countries face significant challenges in improving livelihoods and overcoming poverty, particularly with the food and fuel price surges in 2008, the impact of the global economic crisis, a number of natural disasters, difficulties maintaining infrastructure, and the negative effects of climate change. In addressing some of these challenges, Pacific island countries and international agencies recognise that improving the competitiveness of industries, which provide a platform for stronger economic growth, is the basis of overcoming many of these challenges. The importance of agricultural development in alleviating poverty and providing a catalyst for sustainable economic growth has been widely documented. In the Pacific, agricultural productivity tends to be derived from traditional small-holder farming systems, with horticultural production and associated supply chains representing one of the fastest growing components. Issues affecting the horticultural sector in the Pacific include distance from markets, small and inconsistent scale of production, high transport costs, eroding tariff preferences, technical market access barriers, migration of skilled labour, resource depletion and degradation, and risks from climate change. In meeting these challenges, a network of Australian universities and agencies, the Secretariat of Pacific Island Communities (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific, supported by ACIAR, have developed an innovative approach to horticultural development based around intervention priorities generated by supply chain and market analysis. Rather than pre-defining a specific set of commodities or researchable priorities the Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI) incorporates a 'market-oriented' approach to identify horticulture products and chain opportunities. PARDI delivery has integrated horticultural scientists with social scientists and market analysts. This paper outlines the methodologies and preliminary project outcomes, with specific focus on horticulture development in Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
Keyword Pacific horticulture
Supply chain
Agriculture
Development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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