Features Archive April 2021

The reality that local food relies on global migration is one consumers and marketers can and do ignore, but policymakers absolutely shouldn’t.

Fruit Pickers Want to Choose Their Own Path

Anthropologists have long written about the role of serendipity in their work. Days can go by in which nothing very interesting seems to happen, and then something occurs that is not just compelling but brings the whole dull stretch before it into focus.
There are few statistics on and little public awareness of the role of refugees in Australian agriculture. The best figure we have is that 53% of this workforce are Australian nationals or permanent residents, but how many of these are relatively recent arrivals who have come here via our humanitarian program, we just don’t know.

Why People Pick Fruit

In the previous two articles in this series published originally at devpolicy.org, I talked about how migration has become critical to modern Australian agriculture, and sketched a day in the life of one small corner of this huge industry as observed by myself.
In the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, which is home to 60% of the world’s population, most countries have made tremendous progress against the disease, reducing malaria cases by half since 2010. Today there are a staggering 89% fewer deaths from malaria than 10 years ago.

Malaria Elimination in the Asia-Pacific: the COVID-19 Threat

Battling COVID-19 in the last year has put into perspective the challenge of battling an infectious disease that kills so many across the world every day.
In place of governments, it should be left to individual migrant households and their communities to work out how best to manage both the benefits and the costs involved in undertaking well-paid temporary overseas work.

RSE Review I: Employers and Community, Not Just Governments

In his recent book The third pillar: How markets and the state leave the community behind, leading economist Raghuram Rajan uses an extensive historical account to show that society is based on the evolution of three key social functions: markets, the state and community.
Strongim Bisnis staff with Prosperity Farm Supplies team members on a farm tour.

Australia Boosts Local Horticulture Businesses

The Australian Government through its initiative, Strongim Bisnis, launched a new partnership with two Solomon Islands fertiliser producers, Zai Na Tina Organic Farms and Prosperity Farm Supplies on 16 April.
Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, said PTI Australia’s Freight Assistance Package is a proactive example of understanding and alleviating pain points currently facing the region’s private sector.

Freight Assistance Package Provides Relief to Pacific Exporters

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia’s 2020 Pacific Islands Export Survey revealed that freight costs are one of the top three barriers to export faced by Pacific businesses, which was further exacerbated when COVID-19 drastically affected shipping routes and thus inflated costs.
A performance by Fiji at the opening of the UN Ocean Conference in 2017.

Forum Split: International Impacts

The fracturing of Pacific regionalism after the withdrawal of five Micronesian states from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) will not only affect cooperation within the Pacific region, but also the collaboration of the Pacific island countries (PICs) in international politics.
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa and Tuilaepa Dr. Sai'lele Malielegaoi.

Samoa’s Historic Election Result

Nearly 60 years since independence, and 39 years after the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) took over the reins as government, a new dawn is on the horizon in Samoa.
There are no simple public policy solutions that do not have adverse effects. Both the rural politicians and the expert committee have failed to see the effect their proposal would have on the SWP workforce in Australia.

Seasonal Worker Programme Under Threat

Several factors are threatening the viability of the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP). These include the call for illegal workers in horticulture to be given the right to work via an amnesty, and the effect of the requirement for growers to pay workers overtime.
Vuniivi settlement in Lami, Fiji.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Foreign Aid

Across the Global South, the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed years of socioeconomic progress, disproportionally harming poor people. Low- and lower-middle-income countries in particular are struggling more than ever to find the resources to support their citizens’ health and wellbeing at this time of crisis.
“Change takes time and effort. Youthful enthusiasm is a wonderful thing although I have learnt quickly that influencing policy, legislation and other established societal structures is at best very slow and maybe slow."

“Change Takes Time and Effort”

“Don’t wait for others to drive the change: A lot of people have ideas, a lot of people will come up and give great advice or will criticize you for not doing enough on a certain issue, but not a lot of people are really prepared to do the actual work.”