Improving non-communicable disease remediation outcomes in Tonga: the importance of domestic fruit production systems: an analysis

Underhill, Steven J. R. and Singh-Peterson, Lila ORCID: (2017) Improving non-communicable disease remediation outcomes in Tonga: the importance of domestic fruit production systems: an analysis. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics, 118 (1). pp. 91-103. ISSN 1612-9830

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Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are the leading cause of mortality in the Pacific Island nation of Tonga. Current remedial strategies have focused on promoting healthy food choices based on increased intake of fruits and vegetables. While researchers seek to overcome complex social, gender and cultural practices that impede dietary transition, discontinuous domestic fruit supply chains undermine this effort. With the view to supporting a more holistic approach to NCD remediation in Tonga, this paper provides a preliminary assessment of domestic horticultural supply chains constraints, in support of diversification and expansion of local fruit production. Current impediments and constraints to enhanced local fruit production are presented and possible strategies to increased domestic fruit supply discussed. We present a case for a more consumer-centric approach to industry development, with an emphasis on production systems that are compatible with existing social structures, customary land ownership constraints, and local nutritional needs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 02:27
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 03:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economic empowerment; Food security; Fruit; Horticulture; Mutton flaps; Non-communicable disease; Pacific; Tonga
Fields of Research (2008): 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
Fields of Research (2020): 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300210 Sustainable agricultural development
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440406 Rural community development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919999 Economic Framework not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8202 Horticultural Crops > 820214 Tropical Fruit
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 15 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 1599 Other economic framework > 159999 Other economic framework not elsewhere classified
26 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 2605 Horticultural crops > 260516 Tropical fruit

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