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Bridging the gap in the world of cocoa

Published Monday, April 23 2018

On the shelves of a quaint, little bakery in the town of Orford in Suffolk, England, bars of single-origin chocolate dressed in neat brown packages are lined up in rows. This is the home of Pump Street Bakery Chocolate, an award-winning brand of bean-to-bar premium chocolate. Among its range of fine, dark chocolate bars is...

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PNG’s Banz Kofi achieves international accreditation

Published Wednesday, April 04 2018

Banz Kofi Fektori has become the first coffee producer in Papua New Guinea to achieve the internationally recognised Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) accreditation. HACCP is an internationally recognised way of managing food safety and protecting consumers. This accreditation means Banz Kofi products can be exported to Australian and other countries where HACCP...

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Financial literacy training boosts skills of handicrafts trainees

Published Thursday, March 29 2018

A financial literacy training was held last week for handicrafts business owners of Mahitahi Handicrafts and Haus blong Handikrafs in Vanuatu. The training was organised by the Australian and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program as part of the ‘Building Voices for Women’s Leadership’ pilot project. The pilot project was developed...

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New association to aid revival of Vanuatu sandalwood exports

Published Friday, March 23 2018

Sandalwood stakeholders in Vanuatu have formed an association to help revive sandalwood exports. This means key representatives from the public and private sectors of the industry now have a common platform through the Vanuatu Islands Sandalwood Association (VISA) where they can meet and discuss industry challenges and identify appropriate and suitable solutions to those issues....

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Food safety compliance an issue of national interest

Published Thursday, March 22 2018

Exporters and staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) in Samoa were reminded of the importance of the Food Safety Program during training last week. The training was organised by the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Program to create awareness of the value of the Hazard Analysis...

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Fostering unity to promote sustainable forestry and safeguard Pacific livelihoods

Published Wednesday, March 21 2018

From protecting sawn timber exports, saving coconut industries from an aggressive strain of the coconut rhinoceros beetle and supporting the revival of sandalwood exports, forestry is an important area of work for the PHAMA Program. At the core of its support for its forestry-related activities, PHAMA has always strived to ensure its approach promotes sustainable...

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Stakeholders discuss effective communications to control beetle spread

Published Tuesday, March 20 2018

A workshop was held in Honiara on Thursday, 8 March 2018, to discuss better ways of promoting awareness about the threat of the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) and communicating key messages to different audiences about controlling the spread of the beetle in the Solomon Islands. Organised by the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural and...

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Saving the sawn timber market

Published Monday, March 19 2018

The sawn timber industry is seen as being relatively small, but it is a significant component of the Solomon Islands economy, similar in value to other important export commodities such as coconut and cocoa. Annual export of sawn timber is valued at around SBD80million (AUD14m), making it a significant export earner however this represents only...

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Sensory evaluation training to help test cocoa quality

Published Monday, March 12 2018

Twenty one participants from the cocoa industry around Papua New Guinea attended a three-day Sensory Evaluation Capacity Training at Tavilo, East New Britain last week. They travelled from as far as West and East Sepik, Bougainville, Morobe, Madang and East New Britain provinces. The training was facilitated by the Australia and New Zealand-funded Pacific Horticultural...

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Celebrating the achievements of our women partners

Published Thursday, March 08 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD) is recognised globally on 8 March.  It represents an opportunity to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women while calling for change. IWD 2018 is a call to action to help forge a better, more gender inclusive working world. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress. The Australian Government Department of...

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