Fiji is an island nation in the South Pacific with a population of over 892,000. It is made up of over 300 islands, of which 110 are inhabited.
The larger Fiji islands are volcanic, with rugged peaks and flatland where rivers have built deltas.
Agriculture contributes around 10% of the country’s GDP and employs almost 2,000 Fijians (2010). Sugarcane is Fiji’s most important agricultural industry, accounting for over one-third of all of Fiji’s industrial activity.
65-77% of the food energy consumed in Fiji comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet. There are 2,230 unique crop samples in collections of crop diversity found in Fiji compared to the more than 750,000 found in the international collections of crop diversity supported by the Crop Trust.