Specialty Crops for Pacific Island Agroforestry
Specialty crops provide a rapidly growing economic opportunity for farmers and gardeners who are interested in diversifying their crops and who are willing to innovate their production methods, postharvest processing, and marketing. This project promotes high quality food, fiber, and healthcare crops grown in diverse agroforestry systems to provide family farms both subsistence and commercial opportunities.
Farm and Forest Production and Marketing (FFPM) profiles for 32 crops detail essential information for crop development: horticulture and botany; the roles for each crop in mixed-species agroforestry; nutrition and food security; commercial products, product quality standards; location and size of markets; post-harvest processing; opportunities for local value-added processing; and the potential for genetic improvement. The completed FFPM profiles are available for download in PDF format.
The project supports:
- integrating trees and crops (agroforestry)
- commercial and non-commercial plantings of all sizes, including homegardens
- small-scale commercial operations suitable for small lots
- local food production for happier and healthier communities
- traditional crops
- community food self-reliance.
Project outcomes include increased adoption of specialty crops, micro-enterprise development, local food production, and sustainable multi-crop agroforestry systems, thereby supporting economic and ecological viability of our communities.
The project is funded by:
- USDA Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program and the
- County of Hawai'i Department of Research and Development in partnership with the Big Island Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council
Specialty Crops for Pacific Island Agroforestry is sponsored by:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture's Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) Program.
- The County of Hawai'i Department of Research and Development in partnership with the Big Island Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council co-sponsored publication of the cacao, coffee, tea, and vanilla profiles.
- Matching contributions came from the project collaborators' respective organizations.
- Opportunities for co-sponsors are still available.