Pacific Agricultural & Forestry Policy Network

Effective policies rely on good information. Policy makers from the region identified weak communication, poor engagement of stakeholders, and lack of timely information as constraints to the development of effective Pacific agricultural and forestry policies and the enforcement and implementation of existing ones. A robust regional information exchange was identified as a valuable tool to strengthen communication in the area of agricultural and forestry policy.

About PAFPNet
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The Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet) aims to facilitate communication, information dissemination, capacity building and enhance awareness of issues related to agriculture and forestry policy. Information shared via this network should support the identification, formulation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation policies that will help to guide the future development of the agriculture and forestry sectors. PAFPNet works towards forging closer alliances and cooperation with other regional and international networks, particularly within the ACP group.

PAFPNet promotes open and constructive dialogue among its stakeholders and encourages information exchange and activity coordination at local, national, regional and international levels. The networks primary objective is to strengthen the active participation and commitment of stakeholders in and to policy matters for the sustainable growth of the Agricultural and Forestry sectors in the Pacific.

Although as a Formal network, PAFPNet differs from social networks and communities-of-practice networks in the sense that it is not only based on the needs of its members but also aims to achieve change.

CTA, the Technical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation based in the Netherlands provides support for the network and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community/ Land Resources Division acts as the secretariat supported by a Core Group of the members. The Core Group members include CTA, SPC/LRD, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP), Foundation of the People of the South Pacific International (FSPI), PNG National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).