Experience capitalization: Resilience and productivity in the Pacific

Year of Publication: 2018-01-23

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Timely interventions that yield results in Pacific communities are needed if the region is to adequately deal with the additional strain on the agri-food and health systems that is expected should the Pacific population double by 2050. Through the collaborative CTA/IFAD/PIPSO project, several success stories of ongoing and past agricultural programmes and projects that benefit rural communities have been captured. Many have been analysed and documented through CTA’s experience capitalization project so that lessons learned and good practices can be shared widely and further adopted and used.

Knowledge, learning and innovation go hand in hand. Experience capitalization is an important element in the innovation process. The stories featured in this booklet are drawn from Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. They represent the diversity of the challenges as well as the tested solutions that Pacific Islanders have themselves endorsed. They showcase what worked well as well as what did not. Readers are encouraged to replicate and scale-up the good practices in their programmes and projects and avoid the pitfalls. By doing so, we all will help to advance experience capitalization, continuous learning, and innovation to transform Pacific agri-food systems and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The “Capitalization of Experiences for Greater Impact in Rural Development” project is implemented by CTA in different parts of the world, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), and with financial support from IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development. This project aims to facilitate the adoption of an experience capitalization process in rural development initiatives, where it can help improve the analysis, documentation, sharing, and the adoption and use of lessons and good practices – as an approach for continuous learning, improvement and scaling up.