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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Horticulture and Nutrition Enhancement Project (Palau)
Project Description: Malnutrition and obesity are widespread among the population of Palau. A dependence on a Western diet and a low intake of fresh vegetables have both contributed to these health issues. Many factors have led to these changes in dietary habits, including the low price of imported foods, the shortage of domestic vegetables, poor eating habits and the lack of health knowledge. Therefore, this three-year project focuses on nutrition and health education in schools as well as the sustainable development of vegetable and fruit production. It aims to establish healthy eating habits and sustainable production of local vegetables and fruits in the fragile island, eventually leading to a health improvement for Palau citizens. The main content of this project will include:

  1. Assisting school farms to be able to produce over 15 varieties of vegetables and fruits year-round.
  2. Developing cultivation techniques that extend to more than 30 cultivars of vegetables and fruits.
  3. Holding a cooking competition and developing a local vegetable cookbook based on the recipes from the competition.
  4. Developing a Year-round Guide to Growing Fruit and Vegetables.
  5. Submitting a Palau Horticulture and Nutrition Investigation Report.
Implementation Start Date: 2016/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2018/12/31
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (TAIWAN)
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:

  1. Promote agriculture and food education courses.
    1. Assist 10 school farms to be able to produce over 15 varieties of vegetables and fruits year-round.
    2. Provide vegetables for over 150 students’ school lunch meals every year.
    3. Hold a field trip to the TTM demonstration farm for Palau’s teachers and students every school term.
    4. Hold a cooking class every year to train cooks from the school kitchen.
  2. Develop cultivation techniques that extend to diverse vegetables and fruits.
    1. Cultivate over 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits; produce 202,200 seedlings of taro, sweet potato and cassava.
    2. Produce two, six and 12 tons of vegetables and fruits each year to serve 150, 600 and 800 students respectively.
    3. Hold taro production and compost training courses.
    4. Produce over 600 cubic meters of organic compost.
    5. Establish a new partnership with a local research center or international NGO.
  3. Complete the Palau Horticulture and Nutrition Investigation Report.
Executing Agency: 1.Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Palau
2.Bureau of Agriculture (Republic of Palau)
Implementation Arrangement: The local Taiwan Technical Mission will assist the partner country to implement the project.
Current Progress:

To the end of March 2016, the following activities have been completed:

1. Provided guidance and assistance to school farms (Meyuns, Koror, Ngaremlengui, Ngarchelong, Melekeok, Ngaraard elementary schools and Emmaus, Ibobang senior high schools), including demonstration of vegetable/fruit cultivation, farm management, pest/disease management, and providing produce for nutritious lunch program.

2. Analyzed on nutritious lunch recipe, tested various methods of cooking vegetables and root crops, created recipes and discussed ways for improvement.

3. Produced a total of 704.05 kg vegetables and fruits.

4. Produced a total of 12,245 taro seedlings.

5. Produced 39,375 cubic meters of compost.

6. Surveyed the nutrient requirements and preferences of school children and parties related to the Project, surveyed the markets (Surveyed 3 farmers and collected information related to production).

Project Contact: Jeffrey Yeh
Phone: 886-2-2873-2323 #233
E-mail: l.c.yeh@icdf.org.tw
Signing Date: 2015/12/9
Projected Benefits: It is expected that the project will:

  1. Make school children aware of the benefits of consuming local vegetables and fruits.
  2. Build the capacity of Palau farmers in sustainable agriculture production.
  3. Strengthen local partnerships in Palau.
  4. Promote economic growth by increasing transparency of local market information.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Palau
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Asia-Pacific, Palau
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2016/1/27
  • Date Updated:2016/4/28