The Agriculture and Food Technology (AFT) Discipline of the School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS) is situated at the Samoa Campus of the University of the South Pacific. Samoa Campus was originally the South Pacific Regional College of Tropical Agriculture (SPRCTA), established with New Zealand Assistance in the early 1960s under the Colombo Plan. In 1977, the Government of Samoa leased SPRCTA to The University of the South Pacific, which became its School of Agriculture (SOA), later School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT). Following a restructure of the USP in 2021, SAFT became a discipline (AFT) under the SAGEONS. The AFT Discipline offers Undergraduate to Postgraduate programmes in two broad academic disciplines (Agribusiness and Agri. Sciences). The Bachelor in Agriculture (Bag) is a 3-year programme consisting of twenty-four courses (eight courses at each year level). Our programmes are externally reviewed on a 5-year interval to meet the changing needs of the Agriculture Sector in the region. The most recent review of the programme was done in 2020.
The Mission Statement of the Discipline of Agriculture and Food Technology Our mission is to assist in meeting the agricultural and related needs, and improving the welfare and livelihood of the communities of the South Pacific region by:
In line with its Mission Statement, the Agriculture and Food Technology Discipline has the following objectives:
1. Production of agricultural professionals that would complement and work synergistically with farmers and other stakeholders, to achieve national and regional food security goals.
AFT graduates should be capable of accomplishing the following:
2. Serving as an effective instrument for the implementation of the policies of the national and regional governments in agriculture and rural development, thereby contributing prominently towards overall national and regional development.
3. Localisation of training to ensure that trained personnel acquire the capacity for identifying, prioritising and addressing the agricultural needs of their countries and the region.