An overview of postharvest research, extension and education capacity in the pacific with a focus on western samoa, tonga and the fiji islands

Underhill, S. J. R. (2013). An overview of postharvest research, extension and education capacity in the pacific with a focus on western samoa, tonga and the fiji islands. In: H.K. Purwadaria, G. Srzednicki and S. Kanlayanarat, Proceedings of the IInd Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Research, Education and Extension. II Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Research Education and Extension: APS2012, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, (425-432). 18 - 20 September 2012.

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Author Underhill, S. J. R.
Title of paper An overview of postharvest research, extension and education capacity in the pacific with a focus on western samoa, tonga and the fiji islands
Conference name II Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Research Education and Extension: APS2012
Conference location Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Conference dates 18 - 20 September 2012
Convener H.K. Purwadaria
Proceedings title Proceedings of the IInd Asia Pacific Symposium on Postharvest Research, Education and Extension   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 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9789066057067
ISSN 0567-7572
Editor H.K. Purwadaria
G. Srzednicki
S. Kanlayanarat
Volume 1011
Start page 425
End page 432
Total pages 8
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Historically there has been limited institutional postharvest research, education and training in the South Pacific. In Fiji, Western Samoa and Tonga, of  the three universities, four government ministries and one regional agency, that
currently posses horticulture research, extension or training capacity, few have any  dedicated postharvest specialists. While private-sector postharvest extension services do exist they are often fragmented and commonly limited to specific export-focused supply chains. In the last decade, increasing concerns about regional food security and a greater emphasis towards expanding horticultural trade and exports have resulted in significant investment in new postharvest infrastructure in the region.   Since 2008, postharvest research infrastructure has been established in Western Samoa and in Tonga, coupled with ongoing donor assistance of private-sector postharvest-export infrastructure in Fiji. Unfortunately there has been desultory attention towards concurrently improving postharvest skills and training. This is of particular concern as it undermines the ultimate effectiveness of this investment, creating questionable sustainability. This paper reviews the current postharvest horticulture research and education capacity in the Pacific highlighting the key challenges and opportunities. 
Subjects 1108 Medical Microbiology
Keyword Education
Pacific
Postharvest research
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