Agriculture and incomes

Oxfam focuses on income generation and capacity building. We work with our partner organisation, Farm Support Association (FSA).

FSA is helping to raise the standard and appeal of farming as a profession and increase household incomes by empowering farmers to adopt effective and sustainable practices. They help farmers produce higher volumes of better quality food and commercial products, substituting imported goods with local varieties.

Income generation

FSA supports the development of small income generating opportunities by providing agricultural extension to women farmers on five islands, and to young men and women interested in getting into farming as a business.

Women are producing vegetable and off-season pineapples, and raising chickens and pigs, and selling their produce to neighbouring communities and in markets. As well as reinvesting into their farming businesses, many use the income to pay for their children’s education.

FSA also teach farmers how to make animal feeds, saving them money that can be invested into developing their business

Capacity building

Oxfam is helping FSA develop into a robust organisation. This will strengthen the long-term impact of FSA’s work. We are doing this by sharing expertise and resources, including financial management systems, developing publications and hosting skills workshops.

Impact

FSA has reached over 300 rural farmers. The first cohort of young people has graduated from the three-year Young Farmers’ Development Course.

Oxfam is helping the agricultural sector transition from subsistence to small-scale market-oriented farming.

Thousands of young Ni-Vanuatu now have practical skills that they can use to support themselves and their families for the long term.

Read about Sila and Lisi, two women involved in the programme.