About Us

The Fiji Papaya Project (FPP) is a coordinated industry driven initiative to develop the Fiji papaya industry by leveraging all stakeholders and partners. The FPP brings together local and international partners to meet the needs of the industry. The FPP is geared towards meeting five major outcomes:

  1. Ensuring a framework is in place to support expansion of the Fiji papaya industry;
  2. Providing a realistic analysis of the papaya export market opportunities and constraints;
  3. Improving the quality and efficiency of the supply chain by addressing key issues;
  4. Improving farmer-market linkages through information dissemination; and
  5. Addressing key production and postharvest issues through applied research.

The major activities under the FPP include:

  • Expanded treatment capacity at NWC
  • Market access submissions for papaya into the US
  • Papaya market studies for New Zealand, Australia, US and Japan
  • Value chain study and farmer-market linkage activity - supported by FAO
  • Seedling small enterprise development project – supported by AusAID
  • Four year ACIAR applied research project (field trials, sea freight trials, pest and disease management etc.)
  • Ongoing information dissemination and business development among all actors of the papaya supply chain.

In its first 12 months The Fiji Papaya Project (PC/2008/003) has made a good start-up to achieving towards its objectives. The Fiji Papaya Project (FPP) has established itself as the lead body for the papaya industry. Extensive networks established through the Technical Advisory Board (TAB), through which the FPP has been able to leverage inputs from other private and public sector partners to address the needs of the industry. The FPP, based at the Natures Way Cooperative (NWC) quarantine treatment facility in Nadi, is now recognised as a coordinated industry driven initiative that has gained wide support and enthusiasm from farmers, exporters and public sector players.

The primary aim of the project is to substantially increase the contribution of papaya exports to the livelihoods of rural people in western Viti Levu. The FPP has imbedded in its design a structure that allows primary research activities to evolve and new activities to be considered at the discretion of the TAB. At the onset an extensive analysis of the Fiji papaya supply chain was undertaken by project staff. This drew heavily on recent market surveys to NZ, Australia, USA and Japan supported by the EU Funded Facilitating Agriculture Commodity Trade (FACT) Project. This market-back approach has successfully identified the key inefficiencies along the value chain and the improvements that need to be made in order address these issues.

Contact Us

Fiji Papaya Project Office
Natures Way Cooperative
Nasoso Rd.

Email: fijipapaya@gmail.com
Telephone: +679 672 4985
Mobile: +679 930 6645
Fax: +679 672 4569