Briefing paper

Farmer Organisations (FOs), once a rarity in the Pacific, are emerging as key players in the agriculture sector, making valuable contributions to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through areas such as agricultural extension, input supply, access to markets and agricultural research.

The need for practical research and the dissemination of the information generated has never been greater with the increasing pressure of climate change, population growth and the non-communicable disease (NCD) epidemic. Farmers across the region are in great need of targeted solutions to the production constraints they are facing. This policy brief outlines a decentralised   research model which utilises FOs and is proving to be an effective way to respond in a practical way to the specific challenges facing Pacific island farmers.


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