CARE 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. CARE is located within the USP, Samoa Campus, and has maintained strong collaborative relations with the Agriculture and Food Technology (AFT) and the national governments of the Pacific- ACP countries. CARE 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.
MISSION AND PURPOSE
To undertake programs in agriculture that will address the expressed needs of the USP member countries in the areas of research, information, agribusiness, consultancy and training.
To develop the Alafua Agriculture Farm to semi-commercial level while providing access to students and staff of SAFT for practical training and research.
The Centre for Agriculture, Research and Extension (CARE) and Farm under the current structure of USP, belongs to the School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Science (SAGEONS).