Regional Program Summary

ACIAR’s Pacific research program currently operates across eight countries in the PNG–Pacific region (PNG, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Tuvalu). The livelihoods, agricultural commodities and production systems in these countries are closely bound by culture; geography, agroecology and climate; focus commodities and industries; and production / industry development issues and constraints. As a result the ACIAR medium-term strategy for PNG and the Pacific, while acknowledging individual country-partner needs and R&D priorities, has a strong regional focus. It is recognised that the Pacific countries have particular research and adoption challenges related to the size of the country, institutional and other capacities, and remoteness from markets. ACIAR’s regional program, and the constituent project portfolio, is designed to address these limiting factors, including a strong emphasis on capacity building and adoption pathways.

This regional focus is evident through multicountry projects in fisheries (e.g. sea cucumber and community-based marine fisheries management), forestry (e.g. production of Canarium nuts, teak production and coconut timber products), crops (e.g. sweetpotato, indigenous vegetables, floriculture and cocoa) and fully integrated regional programs such as the agribusiness Pacific Agribusiness Research for Development Initiative (PARDI). A feature of this regional approach is the cross-learning that country results can provide to other Pacific island countries, either directly or with suitable adaptation.

These regional priorities are identified through both regional- and country-level consultations and dialogue; for example, regional high-level forums such as the Ministers of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Forum (MOAFFs) and the Heads of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Forum (HOAFFs), and close alignment with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) regional agriculture and fisheries strategies. Regional research programs and projects are implemented in collaboration with regional agencies, including the SPC and the University of the South Pacific; CGIAR Centres such as WorldFish; the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC); and bilateral research and extension agencies

View the individual country pages for more details.

More information is available in the latest ACIAR Annual Operational Plan