Root crop value chains in Tonga

Root crop value chains in Tonga

Round 3 Tonga Agriculture, Manufacturing Completed



Partner contribution

$ 281,471

DFAT contribution

$ 260,000

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Total Value

$ 541,471

Start: June 2019 - End: November 2021


Nishi Trading

Nishi Trading is Tongan family-owned commercial export farm with a focus on root crops. Nishi Trading also provides complementary services including farming supplies and a food processing facility.

Australian Government

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade works with international partners and other countries to tackle global challenges, increase trade and investment opportunities, protect international rules, keep our region stable and help Australians overseas.


About this partnership

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.

*This partnership was extended from its original closing date of 30 June 2021.


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