Description/achievement of initiative
Since 2009 PIFON has been working as informal network. It began with assistance from development agencies such as FAO, CTA and IFAD. However, in early 2013 PIFON became operational as a legal entity in its own right. It is a partnership of the network members. The Vision of PIFON is that: Farmer organisations (FOs) become a major driving force in securing financially worthwhile and sustainable livelihoods for rural households in the Pacific. Its Mission is to make Pacific FOs more vibrant, viable and sustainable organisations. The underlying philosophy guiding PIFON's Operations:A regional farmer organisation network is necessary to create linkages between national FOs and to improve the flow of relevant information and resources to facilitate the participation of rural households in income earning agriculture.PIFON Objectives:To establish a sustainable organisation with wide membership across the Pacific Islands. PIFON partners provide one another with key contacts, information and the technical expertise required to achieve overall viability. They provide farmer organisations with key contacts, information and the technical expertise required to enable their members to better participate in commercial agriculture. To provide national FOs with key contacts, information and the technical expertise required to increase the productivity and environmental sustainability of their members farming operations. To raise the profile of FOs in the Pacific and give farmers a voice in regional and international forums – influencing and securing farmer driven donor support.PIFON's strategic plan can be seen here, http://www.pacificfarmers.com/strategic-plan-2014-2016/
Training, networking, face-to-face exchange of knowledge and information
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Partners in the network exchange views and ideas in annual planning exercises and ad hoc according to needs and available resources.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The partnership amongst PIFON members is governed by an elected a Board of Directors. The Board has appointed a manager.
Farm Support Association Vanuatu, Cocoa Growers Association Vanuatu, Samoa Farmers Association, Women in Business Samoa, Rarotonga Nita Growers Association Cook Islands, Nishi Trading Tonga, Tonga Growers Federation, Kastom Gaden Association Solomon Islands, Tei Tei Taveuni Fiji, Tutu Rural Training Center Fiji, Nature's Way Cooperative Fiji, South Sea Orchids Floriculture group Fiji, Asian Farmers Association