The incorporation of Pacific Island vanilla industries into global value chains: implications for sustainable development

This research examines the extent to which the vanilla industries in the Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa are being incorporated into regional or global value chains. Key to the sustainable development of the industry in each of these countries, is the extent to which incorporation is occurring. If incorporation is not occurring, what are some of the barriers in place?  How are vanilla farmers and industry bodies seeking to access, or currently access, regional or global value chains?  Importantly how is the value chain governed. We are particularly interested in the potential long-term economic and social benefits that can accrue to local farmers through participation in value chains.

Project Team

Associate Professor Christina Stringer is an Associate Professor in International Business at the University of Auckland Business School. She has undertaken extensive research into global value chains with a particular focus on New Zealand’s primary industries including fisheries, dairy and forestry. Christina undertook a major project for the Ministry of Fisheries which looked at the offshore processing of New Zealand caught fish in China. This project led to Christina and colleagues researching forced labour on board South Korean foreign charter vessels fishing in New Zealand’s waters. Most recently, Christina has been researching worker exploitation in New Zealand’s land-based industries. The report – ‘Worker exploitation in New Zealand: A troubling landscape’ – was released in December 2016.

Dr. Sisikula Sisifa is of Tongan decent. She is currently working as a professional teaching fellow in the Department of Management and International Business.  Prior to this role, she was a research fellow in the Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland Business School. Sisikula completed her Ph.D in 2016 at University of Auckland. Her doctoral thesis examined the project management practices used in development projects implemented in Tonga. Sisikula’s research interests include Pacific research methodologies, cross-cultural management, project management and sustainable development.

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