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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Agriculture Integrated Development Project (Solomon Islands)
Project Description: This Agriculture Integrated Development Project will assist cooperating farmers to cultivate crops and extend production in line with the Solomon Islands government’s policies for promoting food security, responding to the country’s various soil and water conditions through the selection of suitable crops and assisting communities in the extension of community-based crop production, and thereby establishing community-based farms, an Agribusiness Extension Center and community-based marketing cooperatives.


Drawing on the professional human resources and skills on hand at the Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM), the project will address the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock’s deficit of cultivation skills and capacity for managing extension work, providing guidance to strengthen extension officers’ capacity and jointly developing community-based farms and promoting self-reliance and sustainable operations. The project will also assist farm schools in their production efforts and offer a diverse range of training for students in support of the development of integrated farms.

Agricultural integrated management Project ( Solomon Islands )


Region: Asia-Pacific
Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2015/12/31
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:
  1. Complete an inventory of the implementation of the original project and complete the transfer process in 2013.
  2. Establish 100 hectare “community cooperative farms” as models for the development of Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) operations at commercial farms.
  3. Establish integrated agricultural operations within production and marketing teams in four small communities to provide models for development in surrounding areas.
  4. Assist three school farms to establish an operational business model and pursue agricultural production for nutritious school meals as required.
Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in the Solomon Islands
  2. Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Solomon Islands)
  3. Provincial agricultural departments (Solomon Islands)
  4. Ministry of Education (Solomon Islands)
Implementation Arrangement: The local Taiwan Technical Mission will assist the partner country to implement the project.
Current Progress:

To the end of June 2014, the following activities have been completed:

In 2011:

  1. Rice transfer: For the transfer of the Rice Production Project previously under implementation, worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to itemize project components prior to the transfer of vocational training for farming students, technical workshops for farmers and extension officers, the operation and maintenance of agricultural machinery, and rice production workflow training, visiting five provinces to check on agricultural assets, extension results and transfer, and to provide guidance on post-transfer operations. (The transfer of operations within these provinces and the overall transfer of the rice project are due to be completed by 2013. For 2012-2013, the TTM has been invited to participate as a program consultant to the FAO Agriculture Department’s rice TOT [training of trainers] project.)
  2. Agricultural Extension Center: Organized and developed 25 hectares in Babani to serve as a regional Agribusiness Extension Center and extension area.
  3. Small-scale community cooperative farms: Supported integrated agricultural development over 2 hectares in Burns Creek, a small community, raising rice production and providing marketing training classes.
  4. Integrated school farms: Provided guidance to Don Bosco School on food production and trained both teachers and students.

In 2012:

  1. Rice transfer: Provided guidance and transferred skills on to eight co-workers taking over paddy production management and training at rice farms, and, cooperating with personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, held rice production training for 60 farming students and extension capacity training workshops for 30 extension personnel and farmers; also participated in the FAO Agriculture Department’s rice TOT project.
  2. Agricultural Extension Center: Based on the suggestion of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, provided guidance on the transfer of the 25 hectares at Babani; also conducted handover activities in Gozoruru, Isabel Province, and surrounding community farms, guiding personnel from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock as to the development of cultivation and management operations over a total farm area of 25 hectares.
  3. Small-scale community cooperative farms: Continued to promote the establishment of small-scale farmers’ organizations in Burns Creek, transferring 2 hectares of paddies to the community following their sustainable development and management; also worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in promoting production over 4 hectares in Tutuva and guiding reclamation at Sape community farm, and responded to a request to direct extension work in outer island provinces, reaching 35 percent of the overall goal for such operations.
  4. Integrated school farms: Continued to provide technical assistance at Don Bosco School farm and implemented a nutritious meals program and teacher-student training at a new school farm at Betikama School.

In 2013:

  1. Rice transfer: Held rice production training for 60 farming students, and rice transfer comprehensive workshops for 40 participants.
  2. Agricultural Extension Center: Completed the development of the 25 hectare community farm at Babani for cooperating units to take over; sent a TTM specialist to the center in Gozoruru, Isabel Province, as well as farms in the surrounding communities in Kava, Kolutubi, Folo, Janihara, etc., providing guidance on the development of rice and cereal production and compost making over 25 hectares.
  3. Small-scale community cooperative farms: Transferred extension activities in Tutuva to the cooperating unit, so that the TTM now provides only technical guidance; continued to cooperate with extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in supporting the community farm and developing operations over 4 hectares in Sape; provided guidance on compost production, established a sales organization and operations and directed reclamation at Bore community farm; also directed extension work in outer island provinces at the request of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
  4. Integrated school farms: Continued to provide follow-up guidance at schools to expand the use of campus resources, and implemented a nutritious meals program and teacher-student training at St. Martin School.

In 2014

  1. To complete counseling Burns Creek and four other small communities in Guadalcanal Province, cultivated 1.5 hectares of rice, planting 2 hectares of maize, 1.7 hectares cultivated vegetables; restructuring after the flood to 7.5 hectares.
  2. Isabel Province guidance Gozoruru farm rotation crops and planting upland rice cultivation 3 hectares; and other community farms like Folo counseling after flooding restructuring, planting sweet potatoes, upland rice, cassava, peanuts, vegetables, cantaloupe; total of 23.25 hectares.
  3. Munda of Western Province, completed a comprehensive training center 3 hectares of agricultural and other communities 2 ha plot cultivation and reclamation plan Paradise Country Farm counseling. Conduct workshops now 1 1 upland field cultivation and regeneration zone planning and management of the land; while for 10 participants of the 1-3 months apprenticeships.
  4. Other provinces to complete counseling Galanga RTC in Central Province to develop 0.1 hectares of arable land, and Malaita Province extension trip to DALA, BUMA, Flu communities outreach and promotion; Western Province, farms’ supervision and technical workshops.
  5. In agricultural vocational schools to complete farm’s land preparation 9.8 hectares in total, completed for 4 hectares of rice planted, 5.8 ha after flood rehabilitation guidance; handle agricultural skills workshops 3 times for 52 students.

Project Contact: Yang Cheng-kuo
Phone: 0228732323 ext.204
E-mail: c.k.yang@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits:
  1. Cooperate with the MAL over 120 hectares of community cooperative farms and transfer operations at such farms on to their local communities; strengthen regional promotional efforts to promote production and marketing teams in order to promote cooperation between villagers.
  2. Cooperate with the MAL to operate four school farms over a total of 20 hectares; diversify production, promote organic agriculture and provide students with a self-sufficient supply of nutritional food.
  3. Organize six annual farm management training workshops, two internship classes and hand such training to officials at the MAL.
  4. Complete the transfer of rice seed fields and the management of such operations and all community farms, as well as technologies associated with the operation of school farms, to MAL officers.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Solomon Islands
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Asia-Pacific, Solomon Islands
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2013/11/25
  • Date Updated:2014/9/11