This partnership brings together Tongan agribusiness Nishi Trading and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to increase productivity of existing root crop exports and add new value-added product lines. Nishi Trading will build a cool storage facility, benefiting farmers through less product wastage resulting in increased incomes. Nishi Trading will also lease land to female smallholder suppliers, while partner NGO Mainstreaming of Rural Development Innovation (MORDI) will support farmers through field schools with a focus on farming value chains and nutrition.
This partnership will support Nishi Trading to capitalise on an identified market opportunity. It will increase export sales of locally grown produce and create opportunities for competitive import substitution. In the process, farmer incomes will increase, and women will be supported to move into the agricultural value chain.