Edwin Tamasese

Position: Founder, Soil Health Pacific Ltd

Overview

9 years of experience in Agricultural Value Chain.

11 years experience in Agricultural Practices in tropical environments.

Farmer training in biological agriculture.

Management of agricultural companies.

Development of the fruit and vegetable sector strategy for Samoa.

Training of women's committees on vegetable production in 32 villages on behalf of ADRA.

Education

Bachelor of Education, USP, 1994

Experience

Agriculture training program in Schools in partnership with Samoa Government.

Development of SABS (Samoa Agribusiness Support) program to assist agricultural development in Samoa as value chain specialist with ADB.

Planning development and commissioning of Virgin Coconut oil company that is now benefiting over 1000 coconut farmers in Samoa.

To date I have personally trained over 4000 individual farmers in Samoa, Fiji, PNG and American Samoa in the methods of utilizing biological agriculture. In Samoa, working with farmer groups I formed Samoa Coconut Cluster ltd to manufacture high volumes of VCO using improved technology. This company is now the highest exporter of VCO from Samoa. In addition I formed Soil Health Pacific that addressed value chain restrictions in Samoa.