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Project ID:00096912Description:SDG-F JP Samoa
SDG Fund
Start Date *: 9 Feb 2016
Joint Programmes
End Date*: 30 Apr 2018
Country: Samoa Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

The date indicated in the header is the date of the project preparation grant after the steering committee approval of the concept note, but before the actual official approval of the project document. The official start date as reflected on the project document is: 1 November 2015.


The Joint Programme has the following objectives:

Inclusive economic growth for poverty eradication


  • Create opportunities for decent jobs and secure livelihoods.
  • Create better government policies and fair and accountable public institutions.
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable business practices.


Joint programme summary:

The Joint Programme is responding directly to the strategic objectives of the Government of Samoa to “re-invigorate agriculture”, “to support the development of organic products and the ‘Organic Samoa’ brand”, and to “support and promote niche export and high value added products such as organic products for export” (ref: Strategy for the Development of Samoa 2012 – 2016 Priority Area 1 Key Outcomes 2 and 3). In addition, the Joint Programme is assisting the Government of Samoa in its priority to tackle youth unemployment, and the negative impact of this on the social and economic development of Samoa.


The Joint Programme has the following objectives:

- Create employment opportunities for youth in organic agriculture through a value chain approach utilizing public private partnerships within the key economic sectors of agriculture and tourism.
- Enable scaled-up engagement by youth in organic farming to be sustained on commercial viable basis through the development of a value-added processing facility that provides skills training, knowledge transfer and employment for youth.
- Strengthen the institutional capacity of the local organisations, including the Samoa National Youth Council to effectively meet the needs of youth seeking information and employment within the organic agricultural sector.
- Share information and knowledge from Samoa across the Pacific region to facilitate synergies that will result in increased employment opportunities for youth within organic agriculture value chains.


To achieve the above objectives, the Joint Programme will focus on: 

a) Unlocking the potential of youth in Samoa. Despite the challenges they face including cultural norms that hinder access to decision making, lack of economic opportunities, and generally poor quality of education outcomes, young people in Samoa have displayed a strong sense of resilience and devised coping mechanisms that define them more in positive terms rather than by negative attributes.

b) Enabling linkages by youth to the two productive sectors in Samoa offer the best opportunity for employment and inclusive economic growth. Though agriculture in Samoa remains the main source of livelihood, its contribution to economic value added has generally declined over the last decade, whereas the tourism sector has seen significant growth. Reinforcing linkages and developing synergies between tourism and agriculture will help to achieve the objectives of sustained and equitable growth.

c) Investment in organic agriculture could increase Samoa’s food self-reliance and therefore, contribute to reducing the trend of dependency on food imports, as well as improving nutrition. Worldwide, organic agriculture is growing and the increasing consumer demand for organic commodities provides a viable opportunity for Samoa’s farmers and processors to benefit from this growing international market.

d) Synergies through South-South cooperation - The programme will benefit from the global perspective and regional outreach of the UNDP and IFAD agencies plus the regional networks of both the Samoa-based NGO WIBDI and the Fiji-based POET Com organisation, and their access to best practices and lessons learned.

e) Partnerships  - The Joint Programme will combine the different strengths and technical capacities of two UN agencies (UNDP in Samoa and IFAD) and will be implemented in close collaboration with the line ministries including the Division for Youth at the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. This partnership approach will be completed with the addition of local expertise from well-established civil society and private sector organisations.


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