Fiji 2020 Agriculture Sector Policy Agenda
The agricultural sector plays an important role in Fiji’s economy. It offers both employment and opportunities for sustaining livelihoods, and there are strong linkages between the sector and the rest of the economy. Thus, Fiji requires an inclusive development framework for its agriculture economy to move forward by addressing new domestic and global challenges in line with food and nutrition security, climate change, feedstock for renewable energy, the utilization of water resources for aquaculture, agriculture export, and the rehabilitation of its traditional agriculture export industries, the sugarcane and the coconut industries. This led to the formulation of the Fiji 2020 Agriculture Sector Policy Agenda.
Fiji 2020 Agriculture Sector Policy Agenda compliments the National Green Growth Framework recently launched in Fiji. It provides new dimensions by opening up to global innovations for “climatesmart agriculture” that generate both adaptation and mitigation benefits. The policy also addresses the “sustainable intensification” that will increase production. The holistic and a focused vision of this policy pursue sustainable development with an inclusive approach that will modernize the Fiji’s Agriculture Sector by 2020. It also creates the right atmosphere and incentive for stakeholders in particular the local farming communities and the private sector.
Fiji 2020 Agriculture Sector Policy Agenda has undergone multi-stakeholder consultations nationwide, with the technical assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, to which the Ministry of Agriculture remains grateful.