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Organic Islands; Growing Our Future
The partnership is a "home grown initiative". It grew from the grassroots, from farmers who believed that traditional farming practices enhanced with the best environmental and organic agricultural science held the future of a sustainable, healthy Pacific, and that they themselves had a responsibility for their region. It is inspired, driven and owned by the organic movement of the Pacific region and seeks support of development partners and other synergistic organisations to realise the full potential of the partnership. To date there are 30 member organisations in 13 PICs including the following Government Depts, private sector, farmer organisations NGOs and research institutions:
Regional: SPC, Pacific Island Farmers Organisation network, USP, Pacific High Level Organics Group (PHLOG)
Cook Islands- Titikaveka Growers Association
Fiji- Fiji Organic Association, Teitei Taveuni
French Polynesia - Eden Parc, BioFetia
Kiribati: K-Organic Producers, Kiribati Organic Farmers Association, Department of Agriculture and Livestock
Niue: Niue Island Organic Farmers Association
New Caledonia - Association Bio Caledonia, STOP GMO Pacifique, Chamber d\'agriculture de Nouvelle-Caledonie
Palau: Palau Organic Growers Association, Palau Taiwan Farmers Association
Papua New Guinea - NARI
Samoa- Women in Business Development
Solomon Islands: Kustom Gaden Association; Zai na Tina Organic Demonstration Farms
Tonga: Tonga National Youth Congress
Vanuatu- Vanuatu Virgin Coconut Oil Ltd, SANMA Community Coconuts, Tebakor Island Products Ltd , Vanuatu Organics Ltd , Farm Support Association, Aufferville, Department of Agriculture
Wallis & Futuna - Chambre de Commerce d\'Industrie des Metiers et de l\'Agriculture

International and Development partner support to date: International Fund for Agricultural Development, United Nations Development Programme, Food and Agriculture Organisation, French Pacific Fund, European Union, Government of French Polynesia, Government of New Caledonia
Progress reports/updates
Deliverable Date
Increased number of livelihood opportunities through organic agriculture. 2017
Increased access to labelled organic produce in PICs markets 2017
Improved evidence base of organics contribution to biodiversity and climate adaptation. 2017
Increased export sales of sustainably produced products. 2017
Type Details
Financing (in USD) EU IACT project 300,000USD 2012 - 2015
Financing (in USD) EU Integre Project 550,000USD 2014-2017
Financing (in USD) IFAD 500,000 USD 2013- 2105 + 1,000,000 2015- 2017
Objective & Description
Organic agriculture has a significant contribution to make towards sustainable development of small island developing states due to its environment and climate friendly production systems, its suitability for small holders and its adaptation to local conditions. The entire organic system is based on participation and necessary public-private partnerships, whereby smallholders are integrated into markets.

Further, the diversity of food cultures, traditional knowledge and nutritional security are safeguarded by organic agriculture. The Partnership will:

-improve local and regional food and nutritional security;
-improve farmer livelihoods by enabling farmers to trade, with access to both domestic and export markets, and by reducing their dependence on imported production inputs;
-improve human health, by providing better access to high-quality, clean and nutritious food;
-promote diversified, productive and sustainable farming systems able to face global climate crisis;
-protect and enhance the environment, by encouraging the use of environmentally friendly management practices; and
-improve the well-being of people and communities, by promoting the adoption of ethical labour and social justice principles.
Governance & Coordination Mechanisms
The Partnership will be governed by the POETCom Advisory Board which is elected by the members of POETCom every 2 years at a Members General Meeting. The Secretariat hosted by the Land Resources Division(LRD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva, Fiji.

The Advisory Board is responsible for maintaining the connection between the POETCom and its affiliates and other members of the Partnership. The Advisory Board makes decisions by a process of careful deliberation, seeking out the wisdom and experience of as many voices as appropriate, which may include its members, consumers, staff, volunteers, and others with knowledge of the Partnership. The Advisory Board strives for consensus of opinion in its decision-making.
Ongoing monitoring of outcomes and learning will be implemented through POETCom Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Framework(MEL).

The POETCom Secretariat annually provides a comprehensive review of the plan based on the data collected to the POETCom Advisory Board and the Advisory Board through the Annual Reporting mechanism will inform all members and stakeholders of progress towards the goals of the plan and any necessary adjustments or learning that are to be implemented
Implementation Methodologies
The Partnership will be achieved through implementation of the POETCom Strategic Plan for the period 2013 – 2017. The plan focuses on 4 areas of impact:
- Mindset: for organic agriculture to be mainstreamed and widely recognised and adopted as a solution to many of the Pacific regions challenges;
- Production & Environment: For organic production to meet market demands and ensure food and nutritional security for Pacific peoples;
-Value Chains: For domestic and export organic value chains to be developed and strengthened providing expanded livelihoods opportunities for Pacific producers
-Sustainability: for POETCom to secure the partnerships and the human, financial and institutional resources it requires to achieve its mission and goals.

These will be achieved through:
-Individual members ongoing programmes and activities as well as jointly developed programmes
-Effective coordination, information sharing and networking of Partnership members
-Cooperation in capacity building, in particular through technical end expert exchanges amongst the members of the partnership to share experiences, skills and learning
-Cooperation in advocating for organic agriculture as a development and representing the interest of organic producers with policy makers
-Cooperation in identifying resources to support the partnership
-Jointly establishing and supporting a regional certification scheme to support market access.
Arrangements for Capacity Building and Technology Transfer
POETCom formed in 2010;
Secretariat established in SPC in 2012.
Strategic Plan launched 2013.

-A bi annual Technical Exchangeť was launched in 2012 where POETCom affiliates and partners come together to share learning and experience.
-A bi monthly electronic newsletter Cultivating Community is issued to share information and developments.
-A list serve has operated for easy exchange of information since 2012
-A website and information portal will be launched in July 2014 to provide information and resources to all Partnership members and interested stakeholders. It will include a member's forum and member's blogs.

For more information contact:

An dedicated website will be launched at the end of July 2014 at
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