AU: Protected cropping projects uplifting growers' lives and their communities

Many people think of Fiji as a tropical fruit and vegetable paradise, but in reality, premium produce on offer at resorts comes from Australia and New Zealand, while many locals suffer from a lack of nutritious food.  

In Fiji's most fertile valleys, farmers are changing the way they produce food in the hope of improving the health of their communities.

The Pacific region has one of the highest rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the world because of seasonal shortages of local vegetables.

But protected cropping projects hope to change this and boost the economy of smallholder farmers by introducing a new sector to the fruit and vegetable market — premium produce.

Protected cropping essentially puts an umbrella on fruit and vegetables, thus controlling the amount of sunlight and rainfall the crops underneath receive.


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