Farm to Table Project success demonstrated
The University of the South Pacific in collaboration with the Foundation of the Peoples of South Pacific International and with sponsorship from Taiwan is advancing import substitution and promoting local produce, through education, training and targeted assistance for Pacific farmers, partnering with Suva hotels Holiday Inn and Tanoa Plaza.<!--more-->
The USP School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) and the FSPI organised a dinner featuring local produce, to thank the ROC Taiwan, represented by Mr. Ming Chang and his team and acknowledge the benefits of this collaboration, at the Holiday Inn, Suva last week, celebrating the success of the first stage of a Farm to Table project, which was proposed jointly by the two organisations, in an effort to promote more consumption of locally grown produce for the tourism market.
The project, initiated in 2012, saw greater training for two local Fijian farmers in utilizing technological advancements and natural resources available to them, in a way which could see their produce being used more effectively in the Tourism/ Hospitality industry.
Taiwan’s trade representative, Mr Chang, thanked the University and said the government of Taiwan is delighted to work with the regional bodies, adding that, “one of the most important policies we encourage with our people is boosting agriculture and sharing with other countries, such as the Pacific region”.
Mr Chang also commented on the University’s aim in moving towards excellence, and said the Trade Mission was delighted to be part of the University’s endeavour. He mentioned that with Fiji being the hub of the Pacific, the government of Taiwan can work together with the University to promote sustainable community projects.
Talks of having similar farm to table projects in other Pacific Island countries are now underway. He said such a project would not only prove fruitful for the tourism industry but will also reduce the high amount of food that is imported by Pacific countries.