Progress 09/01/03 to 08/31/06
During this period, the project completed work in the following areas: Management Services (MS) Project, Human Resources and Capacity Building (HRCB) Project, Enrichment Opportunities (EO) Project, Leadership Development (LEAD) Project, Pacific Islands Distance Diagnostic and Recommendation System (PIDDRS) Project, Articulation efforts between the 5 Pacific Land Grants (Articulation) Project, and the Paraveterinary Training (PV) Project. Within the Management Services Project, work was completed on the Pacific Islands Land Grant Database - Project Accountability and Reporting System (PARS) (http://www.pacificlandgrants.org/) for tracking all projects and all funding sources in the 5 Pacific Land Grants. This site will track, for Land Grant administrators, progress and impact reports on projects from all funding sources. The PARS system will facilitate collaboration between institutions by providing a searchable database of professional interests, and expertise. It will
also be a public relations portal for clients to access information on what is being accomplished within the Pacific Land Grants. College of Micronesia is furthering the accountability efforts of this project by adding an Activity Reporting site, to accurately report daily extension efforts. Also within the Management Services Project, follow-up work was completed on the Agribusiness Productivity Project. Agribusiness entrepreneurs of American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and Pohnpei were encouraged to attend a workshop, "Lean Manufacturing", and present their products and services. Instructors were present to offer suggestions for improvement. In American Samoa, Saipan, and Guam, a business workshop was held with good attendance, and instructors met for two days with business entrepreneurs. In Pohnpei, instructors assisted with two events: A banana conference and a meeting with stakeholders in the black pearl business. In Pohnpei, instructors met with a few local business people to discuss
opening markets for their products in North America. Within the HRCB Project, Strategic Planning sessions and a 5-Year Plan of Work was developed for each of the following: American Samoa Community College, and Northern Marianas College. Plans were made with faculty, staff, and community input. Within the Enrichment Opportunities Project, the University of Guam sponsored the Summer Research Apprenticeship Program and the American Samoa Community College sponsored the ADAP Scholars Degree Program. Within the LEAD Project, three administrators completed the Leadership Development in the 21st Century, offered through the Fanning Institute, University of Georgia. Within in PIDDRS Project, the system went into operation in 2003, and has been in continuous use. Workstations are in place at Guam, American Samoa, Saipan, Pohnpei, Majuro, Palau, Rota and Yap. Within the Articulation Project, due in part to the efforts of this project, the University of Guam has begun offering the
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Baccalaureate Degree Program. Within the Paraveterinary Project, ADAP co-sponsored the Pacific Region Avian Influenza Workshop.
Following project work in Pacific Accountability and Reporting System (PARS), expected impacts include an increased awareness of project accountability, by the Land Grant staff, faculty and administration. Further, we expect a greater collaboration between institutions due to the availability of a searchable staff database. Following project work in the Agribusiness Productivity Project, we anticipate an increase in the value of agricultural products and an increase in the export of agricultural products within the region. Following project work to develop a 5-Year Plan of Work for American Samoa Community College and Northern Marianas College, expected impacts include increased campus productivity, better administrative policies, and a more focused administration. Following project work within the Enrichment Opportunities and the Articulation projects, expected impacts include enrollment increases in the agricultural sciences and an increase in the college graduation
rate within the region. Following project work in Leadership Development, expected impacts are more knowledgeable administration within each institution, capable of good management decisions, and creating a working environment that fulfills the needs of the employees, while building/maintaining a high standard of excellence. Expected impacts of the PIDDRS and PV projects are an increased awareness (and increased vigilance) of invasive insect species, invasive plant pathogens, and foreign animal disease, especially Highly Pathogenic H5N1.
- No publications reported this period
Progress 10/01/04 to 09/30/05
This report covers ADAP Year 16, as other grant years within this grant are completed. Better Crops in the Pacific Islands - project has just begun in Northern Marianas, Micronesia, and American Samoa. Distance Education Opportunities Project - equipment to be used in capturing and distributing class information in the Pacific has been purchased. Management services - the core functions of the grant - bookkeeping, reimbursements, communication, travel arrangements, employee training, took place. Also, worked with USDA CSREES to provide information for the monthly video program. Enrichment Opportunities Project - Northern Marianas employees attended the CSREES Food Safety and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program on Guam; Three American Samoa students continue to progress toward completing their BS degrees; Hawaii employees attended workshops on Adobe Acrobat. Leadership Development (combining funds with Year 17) - candidates for the session were: Eseta
Su'a-Kalio (American Samoa), David Crisostomo (Univ of Guam), J. Kenneth Grace (University of Hawaii). Human Resources & Capacity Building Project - Four American Samoa students finished their degrees; one College of Micronesia employee is getting a degree at U of Hawaii at Hilo; One Northern Marianas employee was awarded funds to take an on-line food safety course at University of Kansas; five University of Guam employees continue working on their higher education degrees. Communications, Information and Publications Services - internet access provided to all employees in the Pacific land grants; College of Micronesia (COM) purchased new software and hardware to upgrade service capabilities; Northern Marianas published a list of their programs for client use; University of Hawaii assisted COM with their new information brochure. Productivity project - a follow-up survey was completed to assess the impact of business coaching for region businesses.
Better Crops in the Pacific Islands - the data from this project will provide farmers and consumers with additional vegetable options. Distance Education Opportunities Project - this project will create a template and conduit for future curriculum development and course offerings. Management services - efficient office operations allow for timely and accurate reporting of progress and financial situations. Enrichment Opportunities Project - additional skills are being developed within faculty and staff. Leadership Development (combining funds with Year 17) - leaders who have more insight into their abilities and challenges become more effective leaders once they begin to work on developing their strengths. Human Resources & Capacity Building Project - new students are exposed to the possibilities of being agricultural entrepreneurs and employees of Land Grant colleges, and faculty and staff upgrade their skills so that they can provide better service, research, and
education programs to students and clients. Communications, Information and Publications Services - our information distribution services help researchers acquire data for research projects. Our connectivity efforts increase the speed and ease of communication for land grant employees.
- Agricultural Development in the American Pacific. 2005. Impact Report 1988-2004. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Honolulu, Hawaii. 14 pages.
Progress 10/01/03 to 09/30/04
Our program continues to work on joint issues that involve the 5 Pacific land grant institutions. Our new goal is to connect the Pacific region with colleagues from the mainland land grants, the Alaskan land grants, and colleges and universities in Asia. By building bridges across the Pacific, we can benefit from the knowledge and experience of both the East and the West. Recently, the Board of Directors attended a meeting of the Asian Association of Agricultural Colleges and Universities. With the connections we made during the meeting, we will continue to investigate opportunities for increasing institutional capacity through distance learning, faculty exchange and collaborative research opportunities. We continue our work to build institutional capacity by funding individuals from each institution to the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership program and through the Human Resources and Capacity Building Project Scholarships. In order to diversify the services we offer and better
serve the institutions we represent, we are providing the services of a grant writing coach. Additionally, our extension efforts for the Healthy Living in the Pacific Islands project and the Pacific Island Distance Diagnostic and Recommendation System are ongoing. Further, we are continuing our outreach efforts to the community and college librarians. We continue to distribute agricultural publications and provide individualized training when possible.
Our project aims to make significant changes to the rural Pacific through local capacity building and community education. Our projects work to build the institutional capacity of the five land grants by offering educational opportunities to faculty and staff members. Our school outreach and scholarship programs encourage college and high school students to pursue degrees in agriculture, human nutrition, and agribusiness. Our connections with Alaska and the mainland will offer greater opportunities for research collaboration and collaborative relationships.
- No publications reported this period