A paper making workshop was conducted from 7–11 July for over 20 trainees who decided not to take their one-week semester break. Experiments with paper production processes resulted in a range of paper products that could be used for various purposes such as cards, decorative paper bags, and even certificates. The 2008 graduation certificates have been printed from papers produced during the week-long training. The workshop was conducted jointly by Vasiti Naucukidi and Mereia Naivakaucu, both of Fiji. Mereia is from the village of Wainimakutu who provide handmade paper for Pure Fij.
Api Cegumalua of the Institute of Applied Science at USP conducted a food processing workshop that looked at ways and methods of adding value to surplus local food produce. Individual country groups formulated their own recipes, which were later tried in the cooking room. Food processing not only preserves surplus fruits and vegetables, but may also be used to generate income. Products produced during the week included pumpkin and tomato sauces; banana, breadfruit and cassava chips; banana and pineapple jams; nectars and fruit juices.
Other training programs
One Week Basic Accounting - Accounting for non-accountants, conducted by Joeli Tuitoga of the Fiji Institute of Technology, Two Weeks Mico Enterprise Training - Micro enterprise training by Jenny Terewea of the National Centre for Small and Micro Enterprise Development, Fiji, One Week Health and Development Training - Health and Development conducted by George Tavola of SPC and St John’s Ambulance trainers.