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Improving soil health, agricultural productivity and food security on atolls

Project Leader
Mr Siosiua Halavatau
Email
siosiuah@spc.int
Fax
679 3370021
Phone
679 3370733 ext 35294
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project ID: 
SMCN/2014/089
Australian Partner
Start Date
01/10/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
Reference Number
ML-201509-32993
Project Type
Bilateral
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
30/04/2019
Commissioned Organisation: 
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji
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Project Coordinator Email
Commissioned Organisation
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji
Overview Collaborators
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Ministry of Environment, Lands & Agriculture Development, Kiribati
  • Department of Agriculture, Tuvalu
  • University of Tasmania, Australia
ACIAR Research Program Manager
Dr Robert Edis
Collaborating Institutions
University of Adelaide, Australia
Ministry of Environment, Lands & Agriculture Development, Kiribati
Department of Agriculture, Tuvalu
University of Tasmania, Australia
Project Budget
$367,600.00
Grant Report Recipient
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
Grant Report Recipient Post Code
Grant Report Finish Date
30/04/2019

Developing a DNA chain of custody method to verify legally sourced teak in Indonesia and Myanmar

Project Leader
Professor Dr Andrew Lowe
Email
andrew.lowe@adelaide.edu.au
Fax
Phone
08 83131149
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project Coordinator Phone
0419 496 579
02 6217 0549
Project ID: 
FST/2015/007
Australian Partner
Start Date
01/03/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
02 6217 0501
Reference Number
SB-202801-34628
Project Type
Other
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
31/12/2015
Extension Start Date
01/01/2016
Commissioned Organisation: 
University of Adelaide, Australia
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Project Coordinator Email
bartlett@aciar.gov.au
Commissioned Organisation
University of Adelaide, Australia
Extension Finish Date
30/04/2016
Overview Collaborators
  • Double Helix Tracking Technologies, Indonesia
ACIAR Research Program Manager
Mr Tony Bartlett
Collaborating Institutions
Double Helix Tracking Technologies, Indonesia
Program Areas
Project Budget
$110,000.00
Grant Report Value
$121000
Grant Report Recipient
University of Adelaide
Grant Report Recipient Post Code
5005
Grant Report Finish Date
30/04/2016
Grant Report Start Date
26/02/2015

Enhancing private sector-led development of the Canarium nut industry in Papua New Guinea

Project Leader
Professor Helen Wallace
Email
hwallace@usc.edu.au
Fax
07 5430 2881
Phone
07 5430 1228
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project Coordinator Phone
0419 496 579
02 6217 0549
Project ID: 
FST/2014/099
Start Date
25/06/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
02 6217 0501
Reference Number
SB-201212-38261
Project Type
Bilateral
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
30/06/2018
Commissioned Organisation: 
University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
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Project Coordinator Email
bartlett@aciar.gov.au
Commissioned Organisation
University of the Sunshine Coast, Faculty of Science, Health and Education, Australia
Overview Collaborators
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea
ACIAR Research Program Manager
Mr Tony Bartlett
Collaborating Institutions
University of Adelaide, Australia
National Agricultural Research Institute, Papua New Guinea
Program Areas
Overview Objectives

FST/2014/099: Enhancing private sector-led development of the Canarium nut industry in Papua New Guinea

Nuts have huge potential to improve the livelihood of the rural poor in developing countries and meet the Millennium Development Goal to eradicate poverty and hunger. Nuts have excellent nutritional value, can be stored for long periods and can be sold for cash, processed and exported to distant markets. Canarium indicum is an agroforestry tree in Eastern Indonesia and the Pacific that produces edible nuts and has been the focus of efforts by donor agencies to commercialize the industry in PNG and the Pacific.
This project seeks to expand markets and processing of canarium nuts in East New Britain, by strengthening private sector capacity and engagement using nuts from existing trees. Women conduct the majority of canarium nut growing and trading activities, including: nut cultivation, harvesting, processing and selling.
The project will take a whole of value-chain approach, and offer a range of interventions such as market research, technical advice, capacity building, business mentoring and access to infrastructure for both private and public sector stakeholders. The private sector will be targeted at 3 different scales: smallholder and small scale entrepreneurs, SMEs, and large scale processors. This in one of 5 projects in the TADEP program which aims to foster private sector led development in agriculture, increase agricultural productive capacity and improve access to markets for farmers in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, particularly women farmers.

Project Budget
$3,519,080.00
Grant Report Value
$3870988
Grant Report Recipient
University of the Sunshine Coast
Grant Report Recipient Post Code
4558
Grant Report Finish Date
30/06/2018
Grant Report Start Date
16/06/2015

Developing a sustainable business model for upscaling the Agribusiness master class

Project Leader
Dr Suzie Newman
Email
suzie.newman@adelaide.edu.au
Fax
Phone
Mob: +61 421 910761
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project ID: 
AGB/2015/030
Australian Partner
Start Date
20/06/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
02 6217 0501
Reference Number
RW-202805-32736
Project Type
Other
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
30/06/2016
Commissioned Organisation: 
University of Adelaide, Australia
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Project Coordinator Email
rodd.tyer@aciar.gov.au
Commissioned Organisation
University of Adelaide, Global Food Studies, Australia
Overview Collaborators
  • University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Centre for Rural Economy Development, Burma
ACIAR Research Program Manager
Dr Rodd Dyer
Collaborating Institutions
University of Adelaide, Australia
Centre for Rural Economy Development, Burma
Program Areas
Project Budget
$101,750.00
Grant Report Value
$111925
Grant Report Recipient
University of Adelaide
Grant Report Recipient Post Code
5001
Grant Report Finish Date
30/06/2016
Grant Report Start Date
11/06/2015

A strategic approach to pro-poor consumer research in the Mekong region - extended analyses

Project Leader
Dr Wendy Umberger
Email
wendy.umberger@adelaide.edu.au
Fax
08 8303 7109
Phone
08 8313 7263
Project Country
Inactive project countries
Project ID: 
AGB/2015/029
Australian Partner
Start Date
09/06/2015
Project Coordinator Fax
02 6217 0501
Reference Number
RW-202605-31713
Project Type
Other
Project Status
Active
Finish Date
15/06/2016
Commissioned Organisation: 
University of Adelaide, Australia
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Project Coordinator Email
rodd.tyer@aciar.gov.au
Commissioned Organisation
University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Australia
Overview Collaborators
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Rodd Dyer
    Program Areas
    Project Budget
    $100,690.00
    Grant Report Value
    $110759
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of Adelaide
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    5005
    Grant Report Finish Date
    15/06/2016

    Improving returns from community teak plantings in Solomon Islands

    Project Leader
    Dr Tim Blumfield
    Email
    t.blumfield@griffith.edu.au
    Fax
    Phone
    07 3735 6709
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project Coordinator Phone
    0419 496 579
    02 6217 0549
    Project ID: 
    FST/2014/066
    Start Date
    01/07/2015
    Project Coordinator Fax
    02 6217 0501
    Reference Number
    SB-200707-61568
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    30/06/2019
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    Griffith University, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    bartlett@aciar.gov.au
    Commissioned Organisation
    Griffith University, Enrionmental Futures Centre, Australia
    Overview Collaborators
    • Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
    • University of Adelaide, Australia
    • SPE Consulting, Solomon Islands
    • Solomon Islands Government, Ministry of Forestry, Solomon Islands
    • Southern Cross University, Australia
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Mr Tony Bartlett
    Collaborating Institutions
    Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
    University of Adelaide, Australia
    SPE Consulting, Solomon Islands
    Solomon Islands Government, Ministry of Forestry, Solomon Islands
    Southern Cross University, Australia
    Program Areas
    Overview Objectives

    FST/2014/066: Improving returns from community teak plantings in Solomon Islands

    A recent inventory by the Ministry of Forestry has estimated that there are currently (2014) 15,000 ha of plantations owned by 21,000 separate groups or individual growers in the Solomon Islands. Many of these were planted in the period 1995 -2000 and now these plantations are in need of either thinning or clear-felling. While the quality of the timber is good, the poor form of many trees is such that most cannot be sold commercially as round logs, which are also difficult to transport to the nearest port. In Cape York Peninsula, where sandalwood occurs naturally, there are often limited options for commercial development, but initial research under FST/2008/010 showed that forestry provides one of the few promising opportunities.
    The project aims to develop a practical model suited to Small Island States that enables existing small scale teak plantations to be utilised and provides growers with good returns. This will be achieved by developing strategies that will allow growers to maximise the volume of timber that can be obtained from their plantations.
    Turning moribund plantations into economic opportunities will assist communities to realise there are opportunities for sustainable income from plantations. Women in particular may benefit from developing secondary drying as a business opportunity. The environmental benefits will be realised through an increase in the area of degraded secondary forest which is brought back into productive forest management to provide timber for local processing and sale in the future.

    Project Budget
    $1,199,998.00
    Grant Report Value
    $1319998
    Grant Report Recipient
    Griffith University
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    4111
    Grant Report Finish Date
    30/06/2019
    Grant Report Start Date
    17/05/2015

    Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative

    Project Leader
    Dr Steven Underhill
    Email
    sunderhi@usc.edu.au
    Fax
    Phone
    61 7 5456 5142
    Inactive project countries
    Project ID: 
    AGB/2008/044
    Start Date
    01/02/2010
    Project Coordinator Fax
    Reference Number
    BR-202910-53646
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    31/01/2014
    Extension Start Date
    20/01/2014
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of Queensland, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of Queensland, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, Australia
    Extension Finish Date
    30/06/2015
    Overview Collaborators
    • University of Adelaide, Australia
    • University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
    • James Cook University, Australia
    • Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji
    • University of the South Pacific, Fiji
    • Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Australia
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Richard Markham
    Progress Reports (Year 1, 2, 3 etc)

    PARDI commenced in February 2010 and is currently on-track against project milestones.
    To date, nine rapid supply chain reviews covering taro, cassava, breadfruit, coconut, pearls, sea cucumber, canarium nut, value added fisheries, and high value timber have been undertaken. A further ten partial reviews have been completed for virgin coconut oil (VCO), sweet potato, vegetables, yam, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, ginger, teak and mahogany.
    To ensure integration of consumer and market demands impacting on these chains, we have also undertaken Fiji municipal markets and consumer household surveys, taro consumer preference studies in the Sydney and Auckland markets, and a Vanuatu tourist consumer study on cocoa and canarium nut products.
    A further four chains will be assessed over the next few months including; sea cucumber industries (Fiji and Tonga), Mahogany (Fiji), Tamarind (Vanuatu) and participatory based reviews (Vanuatu).
    As a consequence of these reviews, an initial four PARDI-funded research projects were commenced in late 2010 and early 2011. Collectively, PARDI now has project-based activities across all target Pacific countries (Fiji [3], Samoa [1], Tonga [3], Solomon Islands [1], Vanuatu [1] and Kiribati [1]). Project details below:
    PRA 2010.01 - This James Cook University (JCU) led project is working to increase cultured pearl production capacity and improve quality in the Fiji and Tongan cultured pearl industries.
    PRA 2010.02- This University of the South Pacific (USP) led project aims to evaluate and develop new value adding products and technologies for Tilapia and Caulerpa (seaweed spp.) for commercial application in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
    PRA 2010.04- This Southern Cross University (SCU) led project is undertaking a scoping study associated with the development of village-based training programmes and information sources for better postharvest handling and processing of sea cucumber in Fiji, Tonga and Kiribati.
    PRA 2010.03 - A joint PARDI (Solomon Islands and Vanuatu) and ACIAR funded (PNG) project recently started, that aims to develop consumer-driven value-adding strategies and process techniques to support an emerging Canarium nut industry.
    Supporting this portfolio are a series of ongoing small research activities (SRA) that include; consumer acceptance of the new taro cultivars, virgin coconut oil (VCO) chain assessment, PARDI Advisory Group operations, how best to create small-holder impacts from PARDI outputs, cocoa chain business case, and strategies for assessing and transferring capabilities.
    The PARDI Advisory Group is currently reviewing a further five proposal, these include:
    Creating export-orientated breadfruit production in Fiji
    Producing high quality taro material in support of re-building Samoan taro exports
    Premium market opportunities for smallholder cocoa producers in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands
    Understand the impacts of population dynamics on supply chains
    Establishing a series of pilot scale participatory guarantee schemes for vegetables

    Much of PARDI’s supply-chain driven research projects have only recently commenced. Consequently it is pre-mature to demonstrate research outputs and impacts. Preliminary project-specific activities include:

    PRA 2010.01 (Pearls): Pearl farmers and market structure research has been completed for Tonga and Fiji, a project-funded staff (Jamie Whitford) appointed, and initial farmer training commenced. A full-time Fiji-based project scientist was appointed in May 2011.
    PRA 2010.02 (value-adding fisheries) Desk-top studies for Fiji, Samoa & Tonga markets, and analysis of chains in Fiji and Samoa have been completed. Work is ongoing for Tonga outer island groups.
    PRA 2010.04 (Sea cucumber): Supply and value chains in Fiji and Tonga have been documented. An evaluation of export chains for processed product from Pacific into Asian markets is anticipated shortly. Tonga and Kiribati field trips are ongoing
    SRA 2010.01 (Taro consumer study): Taro sensory testing has been completed in Fiji and Auckland markets and a final report completed.

    PARDI has completed three training and development initiatives in the Pacific, including a pearl farmer training workshop in Tonga (Nov 2010), survey training for USP students (Dec 2010), and value chain analysis teaching workshop, Vanuatu (May 2011). Further targeted training of fisheries staff is ongoing (PRA 2010.01 and PRA 2010.04).

    To ensure effective project communication we have held six coordination workshops, prepared two six-monthly newsletters, and plan to shortly post PARDI research reports on SPC’s LRD website.

    PARDI has participated in series meetings to establish close links with other current ACIAR and donor-funded activities in the region. Through the assistance of SPC and ACIAR, strong engagement with other ACIAR and EU-funded projects particularly in taro and cocoa are emerging; and with PHAMA in cocoa and canarium nut.
    Finally, over the last 6 months the PARDI team has increased by 30 staff. There are presently 51 PARDI research staff; with the possibility of a further 19 staff dependant on the outcome of research proposals reviews.
    To ensure pending commissioned projects have sufficient operational time, PARDI has requested and been granted a variation to extend the project completion date to January 2015.

    PARDI conducts value chain analysis and research to strengthen selected value chains in Pacific horticulture, fisheries and forestry products. This year’s achievements include:
    16 technical training workshops have been held.
    28 industry and government stakeholders are receiving targeted capacity building and technical support.
    17 higher degree students are linked to PARDI projects.
    Three major consumer and market place studies have been undertaken:
    1. Retail transformation market study - 1000 households in Fiji;
    2. Consumer study for Canarium and chocolate products - 400 tourists in Vanuatu;
    3. Study of teak supply capabilities in Solomon Islands and a global market analysis is well advanced.
    Cocoa. Work has continued with cocoa value chain stakeholders in Vanuatu and the Solomon islands. The collaboration continues to expand to include the Vanuatu statistics office, two new chocolate importers, and PHAMA as well as facilitation for an annual Vanuatu Cocoa Industry Strategic Workshop.
    Breadfruit. Research trials and infrastructure associated with the PARDI breadfruit project were severely impacted by flooding in early 2012. A large number (2000) root suckers and marcotts are now ready for field trials. SPC has released nearly 200 tissue-cultured trees. Three orchards have been established and a total of 350 trees planted.
    Taro. CePaCT has continued working on taro virus indexing and elimination, in support of the Samoan taro-leaf-blight breeding program. Two virus-elimination methods have been selected, which have proven effective against some TaBV and DsMV infecting cycle-7 taro. Agronomic assessments are being undertaken monthly, with soil tests on selected parameters almost completed. Corms are being sequentially harvested to determine the optimum age for harvesting. A market-based consumer-acceptance study of selected varieties amongst Samoans living in Auckland, New Zealand, was recently completed.
    Vegetables. This project seeks to improve smallholder vegetable farmers (Fiji and Solomon Islands) access to high-value domestic markets, through the development of participatory guarantee schemes (PGS). Two target resort partners and four core PGS grower groups have been identified. An industry stakeholder workshop was held in November 2012. An assessment of postharvest wastage has been undertaken. In the Solomon Islands, an audit of farm business management skills has been undertaken.
    Protective cropping crops. This new project seeks to address poor product quality and short seasonality, through the development and application of protective cropping systems in Fiji and Samoa. A preliminary assessment of existing protective cropping infrastructure has been completed, with current effort focussed on establishing four trial sites.
    Pearls. Development plans for pearl industries in Fiji and Tonga have been drafted. A national spat collection program was initiated in Fiji, in partnership with Fiji Fisheries. Spat collection equipment has been deployed to communities adjacent to pearl farms throughout the country, to provide an on-going supply of oysters for current pearl farms, thus addressing a key bottleneck for the industry. A series of capacity-building workshops have been held. A survey of the mother-of-pearl (MOP) handicraft industry in Fiji showed that this sector had an annual value of more than F$10 million of which more than 85% is based on MOP items imported from Asia.
    Value-added fisheries products. Marketing strategy and market chains have been developed and tested for tilapia and Caulerpa (sea grapes). In Fiji a cold-chain HACCP analysis is needed for Caulerpa. The shelf-life of Caulerpa has been extended up to 12 days and a research partnership with the private sector is assessing how this can be incorporated into the supply chain (for the export market).
    Tamarind. The value chain map has been completed. Research has demonstrated that a solar dryer was more efficient than passive sun drying for tamarind and that the fruit dries to a commercially acceptable water activity level after two days of fine weather in the solar dryer. Microbiological test results indicated that all samples met Australian food standards.
    Canarium. The industry has increased since the start of the project with a private-sector partner now selling product in supermarkets and planning to triple production to 1.5 tonnes in the coming year. Research on tree selection has shown that the profitability of the industry could be greatly increased by selecting trees with large kernels and high kernel recovery.
    Teak. The social research team visited collaborating villages in Solomon Islands to document areas of concern for growers. Grower and plantation operations were then assessed to identify market drivers for teak and their effect on grower participation.
    PARDI publications, reports and newsletters are available online: http://www.spc.int/lrd

    Annual report not required. Awaiting Final report

    Collaborating Institutions
    University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Australia
    University of the Sunshine Coast, Faculty of Science, Health and Education, Australia
    James Cook University, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, Australia
    Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Land Resources Division, Fiji
    University of the South Pacific, Faculty of Business and Economics, Fiji
    Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Centre for Tropical Agriculture, Australia
    Program Areas
    Overview Objectives

    Significant challenges face Pacific island countries (PICs) in improving livelihoods and overcoming poverty - in particular, food and fuel price surges in 2008, the impact of the global economic crisis, a number of natural disasters, difficulties maintaining infrastructure and the negative effects of climate change. PICs and international agencies acknowledge that the way to meet many of these challenges is to improve competitiveness of industries and thus provide a platform for stronger economic growth. This project will study issues particularly affecting food production and agricultural sector development. These include isolation from key growth markets and limited coordination of supply chains. There is a growing presence of internationally supported economic development programs that address some of these issues in the region; this project, involving ACIAR’s Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI), will complement that work with a focus on research for development to underpin the competitiveness of targeted high-value agriculture, fisheries and forestry products.

    Project Budget
    $9,991,706.00
    Grant Report Value
    $10990877
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of Queensland
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    4068
    Grant Report Finish Date
    30/06/2015
    Grant Report Start Date
    05/02/2010

    Improving smallholder incomes in the north-western highlands of Vietnam by increasing access and competitiveness in regional temperate and subtropical fruit markets

    Project Leader
    Mr Oleg Nicetic
    Email
    o.nicetic1@uq.edu.au
    Fax
    Phone
    +61 2 4708 0895
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project ID: 
    AGB/2012/060
    Start Date
    01/07/2014
    Project Coordinator Fax
    02 6217 0501
    Reference Number
    TA-200208-88378
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    30/06/2018
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of Queensland, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    rodd.tyer@aciar.gov.au
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of Queensland, School of Journalism and Communication, Australia
    Overview Collaborators
    • University of Adelaide, Australia
    • Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute, Vietnam
    • Hanoi Agricultural University, Vietnam
    • Plant Protection Research Institute, Vietnam
    • Center for Agrarian Systems Research and Development, Vietnam
    • Plant Protection sub-Department Lao Cai, Vietnam
    • Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, Vietnam
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Rodd Dyer
    Collaborating Institutions
    University of Adelaide, Australia
    Fruit and Vegetable Research Institute, Vietnam
    Hanoi Agricultural University, Vietnam
    Plant Protection Research Institute, Vietnam
    Center for Agrarian Systems Research and Development, Vietnam
    Plant Protection sub-Department Lao Cai, Vietnam
    Northern Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute, Vietnam
    Program Areas
    Overview Objectives

    The North West is the poorest region in Vietnam, with Lai Chau, Son La and Lao Cai provinces ranking 1st, 3rd and 4th in terms of poverty rates. The Vietnamese Government invested considerable effort and resources, especially during the 1990s in the development of temperate fruit production in the NW highlands. Government investment in the new plantings was well supported by local People’s Committees, leading to a significant expansion of production areas of Tam Hoa plum, which peaked in the early 2000s. These have since contracted due to falling prices following a major increase in the supply of Tam Hoa plum and increased availability of other competing fruits from Vietnam and countries such as China in urban markets.
    This project aims to evaluate consumer and market dynamics, support government-led planning, coordination and development, overcome barriers to adoption of improved varieties and cultivation techniques and develop competitive consumer-driven value chain and marketing models for engagement with more profitable markets.
    This project has been designed in close cooperation with the ACIAR project AGB/2012/059 “Towards more profitable and sustainable vegetable farming systems in north-western Vietnam” and will address recommendations from the review of ACIAR projects AGB/2002/086 -Improving postharvest quality of temperate fruits in Vietnam and Australia.

    Project Budget
    $1,399,959.00
    Grant Report Value
    $1539955
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of Queensland
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    3072
    Grant Report Finish Date
    30/06/2018
    Grant Report Start Date
    25/06/2014

    High quality markets and value chains for small-scale and emerging beef cattle farmers in South Africa

    Project Leader
    Dr Garry Griffith
    Email
    ggriffit@une.edu.au
    Fax
    02 6773 3596
    Phone
    02 6773 4085
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project ID: 
    LPS/2005/128
    Start Date
    02/02/2015
    Project Coordinator Fax
    Reference Number
    CH-202311-53389
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    10/03/2016
    Extension Start Date
    11/03/2016
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of New England, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of New England, Australia
    Extension Finish Date
    31/12/2017
    Overview Collaborators
    • University of Adelaide, Australia
    • Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
    • National Agricultural Marketing Council, South Africa
    • Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Peter Horne
    Collaborating Institutions
    University of Adelaide, Australia
    Agricultural Research Council, South Africa
    National Agricultural Marketing Council, South Africa
    Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
    Overview Objectives

    Beef production is an important farming practice in the Republic of South Africa. Cattle from poor rural communities comprise about 40% of the national herd but are relatively unproductive and non-profitable, contributing only 5% to South Africa’s gross domestic product from beef. The beef market is currently dominated by grain-fed beef supplied from commercial feedlots. However, many emerging and smallholder farmers prefer to keep pasture-fed, older animals, and these deliver lower market prices. A study conducted during the design of this project demonstrated that there is niche consumer demand for the kind of meat produced by these farmers. This project will investigate whether a high-value beef product/s can be developed from these animals to meet consumers’ needs, which is cost-effective for all players in the value chain to produce and deliver. Building on previous ACIAR work with cattle farmer networks (Beef Profit Partnerships), it will develop and deliver tools to enable farmers to better understand consumer and market preferences, and to make more effective business decisions. The research will contribute to better cattle production by emerging and smallholder farmers, improved incomes for rural communities, and a greater supply of local meat for South Africa’s consumers.

    Project Budget
    $1,337,261.00
    Grant Report Value
    $1470987
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of New England
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    2351
    Grant Report Finish Date
    31/12/2017

    Improving market integration for high value fruit and vegetable production systems in Indonesia

    Project Leader
    Professor Randy Stringer
    Email
    randy.stringer@adelaide.edu.au
    Fax
    08 8313 7109
    Phone
    08 8313 7123
    Project Country
    Inactive project countries
    Project ID: 
    AGB/2009/060
    Australian Partner
    Start Date
    01/12/2013
    Project Coordinator Fax
    02 6217 0501
    Reference Number
    TA-201910-35326
    Project Type
    Bilateral
    Project Status
    Active
    Finish Date
    31/08/2018
    Commissioned Organisation: 
    University of Adelaide, Australia
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    Project Coordinator Email
    rodd.tyer@aciar.gov.au
    Commissioned Organisation
    University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, Australia
    Overview Collaborators
    • Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
    • Indonesian Centre for Horticulture Research and Development, Indonesia
    ACIAR Research Program Manager
    Dr Rodd Dyer
    Collaborating Institutions
    Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
    Indonesian Centre for Horticulture Research and Development, Indonesia
    Program Areas
    Overview Objectives

    The reasons why so few Indonesian smallholder farmers are able to move up the value ladder into more competitive, profitable markets are not well documented. Policymakers lack knowledge of successes from promoting small farm participation in Indonesia’s modern horticultural chains. This project aims to promote the growth and development of Indonesia’s fresh fruit and vegetable value chains, focusing on ways that smallholders and rural communities can participate and benefit more fully. The project will formulate lessons learned from past research; determine factors influencing success of farmer and trader links to modern markets; strengthen engagement between industry, government and researchers; and build capacity of researchers and policymakers. The research will collect data on producers, traders, and food retailers using literature reviews, surveys with key stakeholders and case studies. Expected impacts include higher returns to Indonesian smallholders, improved productivity and quality products, and more efficient and competitive domestic fruit and vegetable value chains.

    Project Budget
    $1,359,552.00
    Grant Report Value
    $1495507
    Grant Report Recipient
    University of Adelaide
    Grant Report Recipient Post Code
    5064
    Grant Report Finish Date
    31/08/2018
    Grant Report Start Date
    16/12/2013

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