BANIATA, WESTERN PROVINCE, SOLOMON ISLANDS
Baniata is a rural village of around 100 households on the coast of Rendova, in Solomon Islands’ Western Province. The hills overlooking the
village is filled with trees bearing
Until 2016, anyone in Baniata who wanted to harvest and sell
For the last two years, Zai Na Tina—a Solomon Islands business that promotes organic agriculture—has been working to change the
game for Baniata’s
Under the partnership with Zai Na Tina, farmers are responsible for the full process of production, from picking the nuts to baking. Zai Na Tina handles the rest after that, picking up the nuts directly from the village and covering the cost of transport. Zai Na Tina packages the nuts in
We love the project because it brings the market straight to us,explained Christina, a mother of 4 and one of 60 registered ngali nut farmers in Baniata.
Christina sold 36 kilos of
Now she has the potential to earn exponentially more by selling
With sales expected to grow, Zai Na Tina and RDP are working closely with Baniata’s farmers to ensure they can meet the demand. RDP has funded the planting of 500 new
In addition to providing a stable source of income for farmers, Zai Na Tina invests 10% of its profits into a community development fund which is
earmarked for education and health projects in Baniata. Knowing that their labor is contributing to the fund gives farmers promise for the future, and they have already agreed that a new primary school will be their first priority once they’ve raised enough funds.