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Project Name: Horticulture Project (Kiribati)
Project Description:

According to the World Health Organization’s Kiribati NCD Risk Factors STEPS Report for 2004-2006, 71.6 percent of people eat no servings of fruit and vegetables on average per day; 25.7 percent of people eat 1-2 servings of fruit and vegetables on average per day; 2.1 percent of people eat 3-4 servings of fruit and vegetables on average per day; and only 0.7 percent of people eat five servings of fruit and vegetables on average per day. As a result, the daily fruit and vegetable consumption of I-Kiribati people is lower than WHO’s suggestion that people eat five servings (400 g) of fruit and vegetables on average per day, and “low consumption of fruit and vegetables” is particularly serious in South Tarawa, home to 50 percent of the population (50,000 people).

The cause of “low consumption of fruit and vegetables” is “low production of fruit and vegetables,” which is in turn caused by: (1) a lack of seeds and seedling resources; (2) poor productivity in terms of the yields of fruit and vegetables currently grown; (3) a lack of sales channels for fruits and vegetables; (4) poor demand for vegetables for cooking.

 In assisting Kiribati to raise yields of fruits and vegetables, the main components of this project will include: (1) capacity building and skills transfer for seedling production; (2) capacity building in fruit and vegetable marketing; (3) the organization of various vegetable production workshops; (4) training for community extension officers; (5) production of compost and liquid fertilizer; and (6) vegetable cooking classes.

Specific project work components will include: (1) designing extension handbooks; (2) training eight extension officers; (3) providing technical assistance for vegetable production in eight communities; (4) providing technical assistance for seedling production in three nurseries; (5) providing technical assistance for vegetable marketing in eight marketing centers; and (6) producing 75 tons of compost and(7) 7,800 liters of liquid fertilizer. Horticulture Project (Kiribati)

Implementation Start Date: 2011/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2014/12/31
Project Objectives: The objectives of this project are:
  1. Establish three nursery centers to supply 200,000 seedlings annually to farmers.
  2. Establish and provide guidance to eight production and marketing centers, establishing an operational model that can satisfy demand for vegetables in South Tarawa.
  3. Promote farmers’ production of over 40 tons of fruits and vegetables annually.
  4. Transform the demonstration farm into a multifunctional Horticulture Training Center and provide agriculture-related training courses; demonstrate organic compost production by producing up to 40 tons annually; train 16 seed teachers to visit outlying islands to promote the project.
  5. Hold 12 agriculture-related training courses, two field demonstrations and four cultivation-management and sales-production workshops yearly.
Executing Agency:
  1. Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Kiribati
  2. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development (Republic of Kiribati)
Current Progress: To the end of December 2014, the following activities have been completed:


In 2011:

  1. Produced 13.78 tons of seven extension crops (Chinese cabbage, tomato, capsicum, eggplant, cucumber, papaya and pumpkin) over 1.5 hectares at the demonstration farm.
  2. Produced 253,206 vegetable seedlings and 1,322 papaya saplings at the demonstration farm.
  3. Held two field day activities, eight cooking classes and four marketing seminars.
  4. Produced 24.5 tons of compost at the demonstration farm.
  5. Provided technical assistance to extension farmers over 11.8 hectares in South Tarawa, producing 38 tons of vegetables.

In 2012:

  1. Capacity building and skills transfer for vegetable seedling production: Established three nursery centers and produced 195,525 vegetable seedlings.
  2. Capacity building in fruit and vegetable marketing: Established four marketing centers (Bikenibeu, Teaoraereke, Eit and Banraeaba) and built a vegetable supply chain in four related villages.
  3. Provided technical assistance to extension farmers over 15.21 hectares in South Tarawa, producing 40.6 tons of vegetables.
  4. Trained 18 seed trainers from outer islands in vegetable production.
  5. Held 13 vegetable production workshops.
  6. Produced 36 tons of compost at the demonstration farm.

In 2013:

  1. Produced 239,772 vegetable seedlings at the three nursery centers.
  2. Provided technical assistance to extension farmers over 18 hectares in South Tarawa, producing 53 tons of vegetables.
  3. Trained 16 seed trainers from outer islands in vegetable production.
  4. Held 20 vegetable production workshops.
  5. Produced 40.7 tons of compost at the demonstration farm.

In 2014:

  1.   Produced 300 extension handbooks.
  2. Trained eight seed extension officers selected to implement extension work in the future. 
  3. Provided guidance to eight villages:
    1. commenced extension work in the villages;
    2. confirmed the member list for village marketing centers;
    3. extension officers prepared meetings on increasing production for members of marketing     centers; and
    4. extension officers provided guidance to members of nursery centers and horticulture associations on importing vegetable seedlings and other materials. 
  4. Produced 229,834 vegetable seedlings at the three nursery centers.
  5. Produced and sold 17.69 tons of vegetables at market via the eight marketing centers.
  6. Produced 75 tons of compost and 7,800 liters of liquid fertilizer at the demonstration farm.
  7. Organized four cookery workshops.
Project Type: Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Projected Benefits:
  1. Produce 490,000 seedlings at the three nursery centers; establish eight production and marketing centers to support the needs of communities and establish channels for the sale of vegetable products to retailers such as supermarkets, restaurants and hotels, etc.
  2. Cooperate with extension farmers, expand cultivation of the planting area to 39 hectares, producing an estimated 118 tons of vegetables worth at least AUD$150,000.
  3. Use the Multifunctional Horticulture Training Center to provide agriculture-related vocational training courses and increase employment.
  4. Provide assistance and vegetable seedlings to farmers on outlying islands, assisting 1,400 farmers to produce vegetables.
  5. Provide training to 3,000 persons in horticulture-related activities.
Mission: Taiwan Technical Mission in the Republic of Kiribati
Sector: Production Sectors
Sector Item: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Cooperating Country: Asia-Pacific, Kiribati
Themes: Agriculture
Project status: Completed projects
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  • Date Updated:2018/8/27