THE Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s agriculture and forestry programme (SPC) support to the 22 member countries is managed by the Land Resources Division and guided by the LRD Strategic Plan 2013- 2017.
LRD’s goal is to assist the Pacific Community to improve food, nutritional and income security and sustainable management and development of land, agriculture and forestry resources.
Nine medium-term development outcomes are identified in the Plan to which LRD support will contribute to the 22 Pacific Island Countries.
- Capacity to make evidencebased policy decisions on food security, sustainable resource management and economic growth strengthened;
- awareness and understanding on climate change and other key agriculture and forestry issues enhanced;
- increased availability and better access to traditional and improved crop, tree and animal diversity;
- increased production and consumption of local nutritious foods;
- increased capacity for sustainable land, and sustainable forest management;
- national and regional capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to respond to disasters for land, agriculture and forest resources developed and strengthened;
- increased capacity of PICTs to meet trade regulations and increase export and domestic trade;
- viable agribusinesses that have development impact strengthened;
- enhanced smallholder particularly women and youth participation in local, domestic and international markets.
The LRD indicative annual budget for implementing the plan is around US$9 million.
SPC is also an implementing partner in the delivery of a number of regional projects such as:
- the EU funded Pacific Agriculture Policy Programme (PAPP);
- increasing Agriculture Commodity Trade (IACT);
- improvement of key services to agriculture (IKSA);
- the EU-funded Global Climate Change Alliance Pacific Small Islands States (GCCA: PSIS);
- the regional component of the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Programme;
- the Australian-funded international climate change adaptation initiative (ICCAI);
- a number of ACIAR projects including, Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production (ICM), and the Pacific Agribusiness Development Initiative (PARDI);
- the IFAD funded Development and pilot implementation of integrated Pacific Island Organic Ethical Trade Initiatives; and,
- the Germany/GIZ funded Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region (CCCPIR).
Despite this positive trend and indications of donor willingness to consolidate their support through partnerships and co-financing, aid to the agriculture sector still remains fragmented. Thus building coherence and harmonisation across development interventions should remain a priority.
There is therefore, a need to strengthen the institutional mechanisms that allow for better integration and coordination of national and regional efforts and the assignment of responsibility.