Tuesday, October 17 2017
THE PACIFIC HORTICULTURAL & AGRICULTURAL MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM (PHAMA), SEPTEMBER 2017
When the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program was established in 2011, it was designed to help Pacific island countries improve market access for primary and value-added products.
Six years on, the Australian and New Zealand Government-funded program has progressed in leaps and bounds, successfully impacting thousands of livelihoods, protecting jobs and initiating breakthroughs for commodity-exporting households and communities across the Pacific.
PHAMA recently undertook a study to determine these benefits, now launched in an Impact Report.
An aid-for-trade program, PHAMA’s goal is to increase exports of fresh and value-added agricultural products, contributing to economic growth and improved rural livelihoods. PHAMA supports agriculture as it is central to the economy of Pacific island countries and is a major employer and source of livelihood for many Pacific families. Agriculture is also the second largest contributor to gross domestic product (GDP) in the countries in which PHAMA works: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
The Impact Report reveals that PHAMA has successfully impacted approximately 142,200 livelihoods and at least 5,600 jobs. Recognising that agricultural interventions take time to yield results, the impact study has projected that PHAMA’s total economic impact to the end of 2020 is conservatively estimated at AUD78.7 million, a result of protecting and increasing agricultural exports incomes.
Among its priorities, PHAMA strives to ensure that greater numbers of people in poverty are included in trade and export, to facilitate improved incomes and lives. The program has also committed to involving more Pacific island women in training and capacity building activities; empowering them and boosting their confidence to engage further in trade and export.
Some notable achievements by PHAMA include:
Other export commodities which PHAMA supports are coffee, coconuts, value-added coconut products, taro, watermelon, sawn timber, beef, ginger, fresh produce, spices and handicrafts.
Over the years, PHAMA’s work and support has inspired many farmers, processors and exporters to explore and pursue new goals, lifting their standard of living and contributing to overall economic development. The PHAMA Program will continue working to safeguard and grow the future of export commodities and livelihoods in the Pacific.
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