Name Ranadi Plantation Partnership
GGN 4052852961868 Website http://ranadiplantation.com/
Country Fiji

Profile

Proudly farming for over 50 years in Fiji, Ranadi Plantation Partnership is Fiji’s largest organic ginger farm and has been owned by the same family for three generations. In 2016 we became ACO, USDA NOP and IFOAM certified. We are also Fiji’s first and only GLOBALG.A.P. certified farm. Comprising 62 hectares Ranadi is located in Deuba, about 45 minutes west of Suva on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu.

Our main export crop is fresh ginger, with the farm producing a wide range of other fruit, legumes and spices. Ranadi Plantation’s mission is to provide discerning customers with the best tasting ginger in the world, implementing only the highest quality organic and sustainable farming methods. At Ranadi Plantation we believe soil husbandry is the key to sustainable large-scale agriculture, and we prioritize not just maintaining and replacing our soil but increasing its fertility and volume using organic and biological techniques.

Over 75% of our staff are women and Ranadi's CEO and COO are both women. We are passionate about sharing our knowledge of sustainability, organics and Good Agricultural Practices, and as such we are involved in developing Fiji's first organic Fairtrade group - the Fiji Organic Producers' Association.

Achievements

Ranadi has made significant achievements in the following areas:

1. Promotion of Organic, Sustainable and Good Agricultural Practices in Fiji
In 2013 the staff at Ranadi began the journey of turning our conventional farm into a sustainable, organic one. We were instructed to follow the organics path because of market opportunities but none of us had any previous experience in organics. We discovered quite quickly that swapping chemical inputs for organic ones was not helping our crops, and from there we came to learn about sustainability. The next stage in our learning was when we became a GLOBALG.A.P. certified farm. On our first audit, we only had 45% compliance and we spent the following three months getting our farm up to scratch. It was the most challenging three months we had had, but once we finished and received our GLOBALG.A.P. Certification we felt that we had reached an international level with our practice and our products.

2. Women
Jodi Smith, Ranadi's CEO, is passionate about empowering women through their work. Women at Ranadi are encouraged and given the necessary training to operate machinery and drive vehicles. Women are also trained to lead, and 3 of our 6 team leaders are women. Our CEO and COO are also women.

3. A Center for Learning
Since achieving GLOBALG.A.P. and organic certification, Ranadi has regularly opened our doors to other farmers, giving training in topics such as recycling and sustainable soil management. We have been told by long established people in the sector that we are the first farm and pack house in Fiji to ever do this.

4. Outreach and Sharing Knowledge
In addition to hosting training workshops, we go out into communities to share our knowledge. Ranadi is currently working with Fairtrade and the Fiji Organics Association to set up Fiji's first non-sugar Fairtrade group. Members of the group, provisionally named the Fiji Organic Producers' Association, are given free and mandatory training (taught by Ranadi Plantation staff) based on a standard encompassing organic, sustainable and G.A.P. practices.

5. The Return to Heritage Techniques
Ranadi's vision is to help facilitate a return to heritage agricultural techniques in Fiji. By being a model business (we are one of Fiji's few farm-packhouse-exporters), we aim to show the agricultural sector that organic, sustainable practices i.e. "the old ways" are commercially viable and can be translated into exciting branding stories and value added products.