Vanuatu Agriculture Strategies


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The adoption of the Vanuatu Agriculture Sector Policy demands the development of strategies for commodities in the agriculture sector. Kava is a major commodity in the sector and numerous studies have been carried out articulating the issues that need to be addressed to improve its utility as a commodity that affects the lives of ordinary citizens. The two elements facing the kava sector in Vanuatu are quality and quantity.

Quality is an element that needs to be woven throughout the entire kava value chain. Increased production of quality product is the other element required to ensure a thriving and sustainable kava industry. A paradigm shift in the approach to dealing with these issues is required. No longer can Vanuatu treat the kava issues in a ‘business as usual’ manner. Vanuatu needs to take control of its future in kava, by acting on the numerous studies and collective knowledge now available to it. Recent changes in the world market for kava demand that urgent action be undertaken as the danger for Vanuatu is that it will become a follower of trends subject to the dictates of potential newer entrants who are better capitalised in terms of production and marketing apart from decisive action being taken by Pacific island neighbours.


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The Vanuatu Coconut Sector Strategy is part of a series of strategic documents produced by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to assist in implementing the Vanuatu Agriculture Sector Policy.

The document should be used as a guide for any new development initiatives in the Coconut Sector. While focus on the Coconut Industry has traditionally been around coconut oil, this Coconut Strategy is saying that there are other new opportunities as well for the country to explore and exploit in order to maximise returns to farmers from their coconut crop. The Strategy also identifies gaps that exists and discusses possible causes of action to address to gaps.

Much effort went into collecting information to finalise the Coconut Strategy. Consultation meetings with farmers and Private Sector individuals in the coconut industry were conducted in Malekula and Santo. Feedback from these consultations helped in identifying priorities for the sector. I would like to acknowledge the input of everyone who contributed freely at these consultation meetings.

I would also like to thank the Vanuatu Agriculture Research and Technical Centre and Tiata Sileye for commenting on the draft and for supplying pictures for the document. SPC through the PAPP project is acknowledged for editing, graphic design and printing. Finally I would like to acknowledge Roy Pakoasongi who was hired to organise the consultations and coordinate writing up of the document.

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The National Fruits and Vegetables Strategy is part of a series of strategic documents produced by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to assist in implementing the Vanuatu Agriculture Sector Policy (2015-2030).The development of this Strategy was made possible through the financial, technical and in-kind support from key partners and stakeholders to ensure that the strategy will serve as a realistic and well supported roadmap for this important sector over the next 10 years.

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded Vanuatu Coastal Adaptation Project (VCAP) alongside the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) provided major financial, technical and logistical support for the strategy consultations, drafting and printing of the document. The important contributions of farmers, processors, exporters, Government and provincial authorities, the Civil Societies, and NGOs during consultations in Port Vila, Tanna, and Santo are highly appreciated.

Acknowledgement is accorded to the former Acting Director of DARD Mr. James Wasi for overseeing the initial stages of development of this Strategy, Mr Livo Mele for collating and compiling consultation feedback and to Mr Roy Pakoasongi of Pro-Link Consultancy Group (PCG) for drafting the strategy.


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2018 Santo Agriculture Show

The Santo 2018 Agriculture show has been a success. All agricultural products were showcased during the event making the show very successful and attracts a lot of people from the four Northern provinces.

Sustainable agricultural crop production is very important for people's livelihood in terms of food security which means that people need to have food supplies available and stable to guarantee healthy living. 

 Regular farmer training is very important to equip farmers with useful skills and knowledge specifically in agriculture to help them better cultivate their farm land taking into account the importance of crop resilience due to frequent natural disasters.    

 Vanuatu has very important cash crops including kava, cocoa, coconut and coffee. These cash crops contribute greatly to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. To date there is an increase in kava production and a drop in copra production.