The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), through its EU-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade (FACT) Project, is assisting FRIEND with development of trade in its valueadded agricultural produce.
An independent Technical Advisory Group selected FRIEND as one of 14 enterprises to receive technical and other assistance to improve its quality and range of products, especially dried fruits. Fiji is oversupplied with unhealthy snack foods and poor diets which are contributing to the rise in lifestyle related diseases, especially diabetes. With SPC/FACT support it is envisaged that local cottage industries for nutritious tropical dried fruits can be developed by FRIEND.


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