CERTLINK UPDATE - May 2013
"The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many." ~ John Naisbitt
Welcome to the first CertLink Update for 2013.
This year brings many exciting opportunities for the sustainable agriculture sector in Vanuatu and the CertLink team are enthused about the prospects.
With the support of World Vision Vanuatu, the SANMA Community Coconuts growers group are in the process of setting up their own program and uploading data to the CertLink system. This will enable direct connection and communication between South Santo growers and the consumers who purchase their oil. In particular, Nui Coconut are developing Australian partnerships through the Dollar a Day program.
During February, CertLink participated in the Cocoa Quality, Grades and Standards Stakeholders Workshop at the Police Training College in Port Vila, organised by the Department of Industry. Norah Rihai from CertLink partner organisation Vanuatu Agriculture College presented on ‘Integrating Data for Cocoa Growers at all stages of the supply chain through to Retail Brand’ and received much interest from participants. The presentation is available for download from the CertLink website.
CertLink team members are in the process of setting up student profiles for a pilot with the Vanuatu Agriculture College. This will enable VAC to track students’ progress, communicate remotely with growers and share critical information with relevant departments. It is envisioned that use of CertLink will further enable VAC to continue playing a crucial role in agricultural teaching, education and digital extension services.
We are now also working with Bougainville CocoaNet, member of the Pacific Growers Export Partnership (PGEP) and led by Ursula Rakova, to register their growers on the CertLink system and facilitate supply of cocoa to Deli Cacao Bali cocoa liquor plant. Deli Cacao is a precursor to the liquor plant intended for establishment in Vanuatu during 2016 and will be sourcing product from PGEP members across the Pacific region in coming months, including Vanuatu. If you would like to discuss supplying beans to Deli Cacao please contact Andreas Lombardozzi.
The Vanuatu Department of Livestock trial is also progressing well, with an initial registration survey drafted and planning underway for data collection on Efate in coming weeks.
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Best wishes from the CertLink Team
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