This report is the Final Evaluation Report of “Fairtrade Support for Business Development in Pacific Island Countries (PICs)” (hereby referred to as ‘the project’). The project is a NZD4.56 million initiative over five years (2012-2017) funded through the New Zealand Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) under the New Zealand Aid Program’s Economic Development Program.
The project forms part of a suite of Regional Programs situated within one of the New Zealand Government’s flagship investment priorities. The Regional Pacific Fairtrade Program (RPFP) aims to create a step change in both the global competitiveness of Pacific producer groups producing Fairtrade goods, together with increased benefits for these producer groups. The goal of the project is to “increase economic development among rural communities in the Pacific through the promotion of Fairtrade Certification and linkages to Fairtrade markets”. The objectives of the project are to empower small producers, foster sustainable livelihoods and make trade fair.