USP-IRETA / CTA Regional Workshop on Food Processing and Value Adding in the Pacific
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Umar, Mohamed (Ed); Tulua, Joycemaurie; Prasad, Ritesh Rohit. 2006. USP-IRETA / CTA Regional Workshop on Food Processing and Value Adding in the Pacific. IRETA, Apia, Samoa
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The objective of this workshop was to promote additional appropriate technologies to encourage promotion of the processing sector at both the commercial and village level.
The 2005 Regional workshop on Food Processing and Value Adding in the Pacific was held in Solomon Islands from the 10th – 14th October 2005. The countries represented were Cook Islands (1), Fiji (1), Kiribati (1), Papua New Guinea (1), Samoa (2), Solomon Islands (41), Tonga (1) and Vanuatu (1). All together, 49 participants took part in this very practical oriented workshop. The one week workshop was mainly spent to demonstrate basic methods to value add using local produce to capacity build the income earning capacity of rural farmers including the women and youth. Five group exercises were also undertaken to enable the participants of the workshop to identify and share difficulties that the Pacific island countries face when trying to preserve food during off-season and also to discuss solutions to overcome these difficulties. On the final day, over 50 local nut growers and processors attended the special session on how to preserve and value add canarian nuts. 25 products were made from 17 different commodities. Considering the time frame of the workshop, the participants were very happy that they were able to learn a lot during the workshop.