Overview

The Hawai‘i Island Agriculture Partnership, or HIAP, was created to be a platform for collective action for local agricultural development. Many farms, government agencies and non-profits are working hard for Hawai‘i Island agriculture. HIAP strives to connect their efforts and help them to work together in ways that build collective impact.

As an organization, HIAP is structured to be formal enough to provide direction and advocacy, but is also created to allow space for smaller action teams to form around specific issues or opportunities. If you are interested in taking action to support Hawai‘i Island agriculture, please contact us!

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Opportunities to Grow

On April 26, 2019, agricultural business leaders, representing a cross-section of the industry from Hawai‘i Island, came together to identify opportunities and actions needed to promote the growth of their sector. They identified the following:

  • Growing markets, including growth of opportunities to feed local consumers locally-produced food, expand global markets for “Hawai‘i Island brand” products, increase markets for value-added products, open up markets for new crops made possible by the year-round growing season, and add ag-tourism as a revenue stream.

  • Wider application of new technologies and approaches, including greater use of computer technologies and robotics, and new economies of scale and professional capacities around food safety, processing, and aggregation.

 

  • Distinctive local assets, including a good climate to grow a wide variety of crops and a great location for expanding ag-tourism.

 

Overall, industry participants identified a set of market and technology forces, and local assets, that could drive growth and competitiveness of the industry in the future—under the right conditions. 

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Shared Priorities, Success Measures, and Actions to Drive Growth

Industry champions have identified the most important requirements to capitalize on these opportunities. Their priorities grouped into three major areas, for which industry participants identified specific measures of success and personally committed to ongoing actions.

Value Chain Development

 

Shared Priority

  • Improve the agricultural processing infrastructure on the Island, including facilities, equipment, and certification, enabling greater volume and diversity of value-added production.

  • Expand ag-tourism as a value-added strategy for producers, including stronger connections with tourism, arts, culture, and other sectors.

 

Workforce Development 

 

Shared Priority

  • Increase youth interest and engagement in agricultural careers, attracting those who want to be part of an exciting and sustainable future for agriculture  

  • Increase pool of skilled talent, especially those with applied skills in agricultural production and processing, marketing, accounting, planning, etc.

  • Train and mentor the next generation of farmers/producers, building their professional capacity to be profitable through innovation

 

Market Development

 

Shared Priority

  • Brand Hawai‘i Island produce and value-added products as “Hawai‘i Island Made” and launch with a product festival to target off-island buyers

  • Do better at telling agriculture’s story, partnering with other groups to build local and outside awareness about agriculture’s challenges and opportunities, targeting key audiences (e.g., investors, policymakers, general public/consumers)

Next Steps

This partnership is all about collective action, and in order to be successful it must be driven by industry champions, those who seek to drive and support the increased viability and resilience of Hawaiʻi Island agriculture. If you would like to be involved, or know agriculture industry partners that should be involved, please contact us.