Developing horticultural quality management systems in Fiji

Underhill, S.J.R (2013). Developing horticultural quality management systems in Fiji. In: Proceedings of the Southeast Asia Symposium on quality management in postharvest systems in conjunction with Asia-Pacific Symposium on postharvest quality management of root and tuber crops. Southeast Asia Symposium on Quality Management in Postharvest Systems and Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Quality Management of Root and Tuber Crops, Bangkok, Thailand, (225-229). 21-24 February 2012.

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Author Underhill, S.J.R
Title of paper Developing horticultural quality management systems in Fiji
Conference name Southeast Asia Symposium on Quality Management in Postharvest Systems and Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Quality Management of Root and Tuber Crops
Conference location Bangkok, Thailand
Conference dates 21-24 February 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Southeast Asia Symposium on quality management in postharvest systems in conjunction with Asia-Pacific Symposium on postharvest quality management of root and tuber crops   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher ISHS
Publication Year 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9789066054189
9066054182
ISSN 0567-7572
Volume 989
Start page 225
End page 229
Total pages 5
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In the Pacific, horticulture quality management systems (QMS) are commonly driven by donor-funded interventions seeking poverty alleviation and food security derived outcomes. While the complexity of applying QMS to smallholder enterprises is well reported, the Pacific is particularly challenging due to the general supply chain dysfunction, cultural and social-based resistors that collectively erode entrepreneurism and commercial incentives, and a strong donor-dependence culture. Stakeholders, normally small-holder farmers and community-based enterprises tend to be asset limited, lack critical skills and knowledge, and operate in the absence of critical supply chain inputs. As a consequence, in spite of significant effort and resources having been applied to the development of Pacific QMS, there are few success stories. This disparity does not reflect a lack of market demand, in fact local tourism-based businesses actively seek QMS derived product, especially in the context of food quality and safety. Moreover, wider export trade is increasingly dependent on QMS to access and maintain market share. Workers in the field have increasingly accepted that early stakeholder engagement and empowerment are fundamental to successful QMS adoption. However, even with broad application of active participatory-based and market-driven approaches, Pacific QMS-based gains remain fragile and transient. This paper reviews two current enterprises in Fiji (Nature's Way Cooperative Limited and Joe's Farm Produce), with specific reference to their QMS adoption.
Keyword Fiji
Horticulture
Pacific
Postharvest quality
Smallholder farming
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Created: Wed, 29 May 2013, 20:25:55 EST by Dr Steven Underhill on behalf of Centre for Plant Science