The Ministry’s role and functions are mandated under the authority found in at least 9 Acts of Parliament and related regulations. Given the diverse nature of the Ministry’s role and functions in a continuously changing environment, the legislation(s) essentially provide to:
- Facilitate the development of subsistence and commercial agriculture and fisheries;
- Promote conservation and development of natural resources, plant and animal genetic diversity;
- Regulate and control fishing;
- Regulate and control the movement and spread of pests and diseases that could cause significant damage to human beings, animals, plants, other aspects of the environment and economic activities;
- Regulate and control pesticides;
- Issue licenses and grant permits;
- Provide policy advice to the Minister;
- Conduct wide stakeholder consultation;
- And implement government policy.
The Agriculture Sector Plan (ASP) 2016 – 2020 provides the framework to guide coherent programs and actions from key stakeholders to achieve the goal of increased food, nutrition and income security in Samoa. A primary aim of the plan is to strengthen government partnerships, particularly with the private sector, Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) and development partners, to leverage agriculture’s potential to promote enhanced health, prosperity, job creation and resilience. Successful implementation of the plan will contribute to achieving the national vision of improved quality of life for all and to advancing Samoa’s attainment of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
As the lead agency for the Agriculture Sector Plan implementation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries under its Corporate Plan intends to strengthen its partnership strategy to manage and drive the implementation of the Sector Plan through a Sector Wide Approach (SWAp).
MAF’s strategy for the next five years is to:
1. Sector coordination improved and investment in food security and inclusive commercial agriculture and fisheries production systems increased
2. An increased supply and consumption of competitively priced domestically produced food
3. A sustained increase in production, productivity, product quality, value adding and marketing of agriculture and fisheries products
4. Sustainable agricultural and fisheries resource management practices in place and climate resilience and disaster relief efforts strengthened.
The implementation of strategic actions has been broken down into more manageable, mutually supporting priority programs and projects designed to deliver the four end of sector outcomes highlighted above.