A group of twenty young Fijian farmers dream of earning enough money to support their siblings. Their plan? To farm papaya organically and to access the premium price that the organic market pays. But they can only do this if their product is certified organic. With the prohibitively high cost of third party organic certification, they are trying something new. These farmers are certifying themselves. And this could change the way organics are certified throughout the Pacific region.
Cicia Island in Fiji's Lau Group is one of the first fully organic islands in the Pacific. This short film documents the start of development of an organic participatory guarantee system which will assist local farmers provide the guarantee that consumers want that what they buy is truly organic. The film also shows how the whole community has embraced the concept to secure the future of the island -- its environment, people and livelihoods. This project is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD), Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom).