Vanuatu’s traditions and culture are inherited from generation to generation through “kastom” expressed via song, dance, art and various types of handicrafts. These handicrafts serve both practical and cultural purposes across Vanuatu and, with the growth of tourism in Vanuatu in recent years, have become a source of income for some of its people. For visitors to Vanuatu, handicrafts provide an opportunity to engage in a cultural experience and can be purchased as mementos. This guide aims to assist vendors to identify items of potential CITES and quarantine concern to Australia and New Zealand that might be associated with handicrafts sold in Vanuatu.
While many families in Papua New Guinea depend on the production and sale of handicrafts for income, the lack of information about quarantine requirements or biosecurity awareness often limits handicraft sales. This guide has been developed to help artisans and vendors determine if handicraft items are CITES and quarantine compliant. A video has also been developed to help tourists make better informed decisions about what souvenirs they can and cannot take home.
Visitors to Solomon Islands can be hesitant to purchase a handcrafted souvenir from local producers, mainly over concerns that the item will be confiscated at their borders on arrival. This loss of trade affects vendors and impacts on local people, who rely on handicraft sales to meet financial needs within their families and communities. This guide aims to assist vendors and buyers to identify potential quarantine and CITES concerns for Australia and New Zealand, and whether particular Solomon Islands handicraft items are CITES and quarantine compliant.
Kava is an important agricultural commodity for a number of Pacific Island Countries, forming an integral part of cultural, economic and social life. Given the importance of kava to Pacific livelihoods and its significant market and export potential, PHAMA prioritizes assistance to the crop. This manual is a guide for all involved in the production of kava. It can be used as a tool to gauge progress at improving the quality of the kava. With this manual, kava farmers, processors and exporters can better equip themselves with the information and advice they need to advance at domestic, regional and international levels.
The Fiji Kava Standard establishes a level of quality that is applicable to all kava products used as food or food ingredient and/or other kava products intended for human consumption. Developed with the Fiji Kava Quality Manual, the Kava Standard sets a benchmark for farmers, processors and exporters involved in the production of quality kava. The standard also allows stakeholders to ensure a consistent production of quality kava products.
Kava is a significant export commodity in Vanuatu, generating an estimated VUV807 million (AUD 10 million) in annual export earnings, and providing income to over 30,000 households across many of the country’s islands. PHAMA’s assistance to the Vanuatu kava industry is aimed at improving quality assurance systems and standards to ensure that market access into Europe and other markets is maintained. This standard is part of PHAMA’s efforts at raising awareness of correct production, processing and storage at all levels of kava production.
PHAMA has developed the Vanuatu National Quality Standard for Kava Exports into a translated version for the benefit of Vanuatu's Bislama-speaking kava farmers and exporters. The standard is aimed at aimed at improving quality assurance systems and standards to ensure that market access into Europe and other markets is maintained. This standard is also part of PHAMA’s efforts at raising awareness of correct production, processing and storage at all levels of kava production.