|Pacific Islands Extension Summit (PIEN)|
|Monday, 22 February 2010 17:07|
To offer an efficient and effective extension service to transform the agriculture and forestry sectors to be the main driving forces for Pacific economies.
That agriculture extension remain committed to the sustainable development of the agriculture and forestry sectors through forming partnerships with key stakeholders in the provision of appropriate advice, policy, and information services for the betterment of producers, marketers, consumers, and the economies of Pacific island countries.
In November 2005, Tonga hosted the Pacific Extension Summit, Bringing about change – promoting participatory agricultural extension in the Pacific and was organised by the Land Resources Division (LRD), SPC, with funding from CTA, EU, ACIAR, FAO and SPC GTZ Forestry. The summit sought to strengthen support for participatory agricultural extension in the Pacific through promoting participatory approaches to identify problems and needs within the agriculture and forestry sector.
One of the key priorities that emerged from the summit was the need to build the capacity of extension staff and associated institutions including government, non-government and academic institutions in participatory research and extension.
A direct outcome of the Tonga meeting was the formation of the Pacific Island Extension Network (PIEN), and hosted by SPC Land Resources Division. The aim of PIEN is to provide a network of experts tasked with sharing extension experiences and seeking ways to improve the delivery of extension services in the Pacific. PIEN encourages the use of participatory approaches in extension development and seek to strengthen partnerships.
PIEN offers the excellence in extension and outreach award which recognises outstanding work in extension and outreach services by men and women who reside and work in Pacific Island countries and territories and who have made major contributions to the fields of extension, outreach and community development in the region. This award aims to promote best practice, build capacity and encourage Pacific islanders who work with communities to strive for improved delivery of extension and outreach services. It seeks to recognise initiatives by groups or individuals in the field of agricultural extension development and implementation.
PIEN actively pursues opportunities for extension to engage in the use of ICTs and the media to improve its outreach to its main clientele, the farmers.