School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT)



The Mission Statement of the School of Agriculture and Food Technology

The School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT), under the current structure of USP, belongs to the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE). SAFT has the mission to assist in meeting the agricultural and related needs and improving the welfare and livelihood of the communities of the member countries of the University of the South Pacific by:

  • Providing agricultural education to a wide range of people, directly through its teaching programmes and indirectly through the training of teachers and advisers.
  • Developing and adapting new technologies to improve food production and food productivity and extend opportunities through balanced rural development that is sensitive to long-term community needs for resource conservation and sustainable development.
  • Disseminating information throughout the region by face-to-face contact, as well as by extensive use of print and electronic media through collaboration with the Institute for Research, Extension and Training in Agriculture (IRETA).

In line with its Mission Statement, the School of Agriculture and Food Technology has the following objectives:

i.    Production of graduates who should be capable of accomplishing the following:

  • Effectively engage in agricultural production, research, education and extension services that would provide sustainable solutions to agricultural and rural development problems and improve agricultural productivity in the region and beyond.
  • Put their acquired knowledge and skills into practice by establishing and gainfully managing farms and other agro-allied enterprises, thereby becoming self-employing as well as creating employment for other people.
  • Pursue postgraduate studies in their chosen field of agriculture anywhere in the world, in order to be better equipped to serve the national, regional, as well as international agricultural needs.

ii.   Production of agricultural professionals that would complement and work synergistically with farmers and other stakeholders, to achieve national and regional food security goals.

iii. 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.

iv.   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.

Currently, SAFT does not have any academic programme in the Food Technology area. However, since the beginning of 2017 it has started a Food Technology programme by establishing a food technology lab and working on several prototype products. By the end of this year, it is anticipated to be able to have at least 8 to 10 products that may have commercial value. In addition, two draft course material books have been completed but these will be finalised in semester 2 so that the courses may be introduced as part of the curriculum in 2018. This is the gap which SAFT intends to fill with the new programmes in Food Technology, viz Certificate in Food Technology, with courses in Food Technology and Sensory Evaluation. More courses will be developed in time.

Delivery in the context of national and regional priorities

SAFT programmes in research and Post Graduate studies are very much a collaborative effort. It will work with organizations like FAO, SPC, ACIAR and others both at the national and regional level. The Head of School, SAFT holds the Presidency of the International Society for Root and Tuber Crops for the Pacific Branch. In this capacity, it has access to research information and technology from Asia, Caribbean, African Branches and the global body. SAFT also works with other universities internationally in research collaborations and capacity development effort for our Pacific stakeholders. At national level, it works with Ministries of Agriculture in all USP member countries with a strong link to MAF Samoa.  SAFT has already met with the FAO Resident Representative in Samoa as a potential partner to the recently launched FAO/Government of Samoa (GoS) initiative. SAFT is now in the early stages of discussions and development of programmes.

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