What is IRETA and what it does?
IRETA is one of the six Institutes of The University of the South Pacific (USP), set up in the 1980’s to complement agricultural development efforts of the South Pacific Region. IRETA is located within the USP, Alafua Campus- Samoa, and has maintained strong collaborative relations with the School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) and the national governments of the Pacific- ACP countries. IRETA has also been a long serving Branch Office of the CTA-Netherlands (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) for the Pacific region and has worked closely in partnership with several international donor agencies and programs, such as USAID-SPRAD, USAID-CAD (Cornell and University of Hawaii), EU-PRAP, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Republic of China (ROC/Taiwan), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), ACIAR and others.
IRETA maintains an Advisory Board of high level representatives from agricultural ministries, civil society organizations, exporters, processors, regional organizations, women and youth group to name a few, that meet every two years to prioritize and plan IRETA’s program of activities. The activities or the focus of work for IRETA as set out by its Advisory Board or Stakeholders; falls in line with IRETA’s mission statement to improve food security and income generation opportunities within the context of sustainable development and equal participation of men, women and youth. Simply put, IRETA helps them with ideas to make money that will ensure sustainable farming and good living.
Research, information dissemination and capacity building activities in agriculture are the key areas of our work. The research emphasis is on food security, income generation and climate change.
IRETA also runs the USP-IRETA Agriculture farm that produces commercial crops and livestock as well as provide practical training to students of agriculture at SAFT.