The Fiji College of Agriculture was established in 1954 to meet the human resource needs of the country in all areas of agriculture. That College was further developed into the University’s College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) on the Koronivia Campus.
The College offers programmes in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and veterinary science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Although CAFF is the smallest college of the University, we are growing strongly because more local and regional students are beginning to appreciate the value of such a College and the new programmes we now offer. We are a part of a public university with a responsibility to our nation in general and to the primary industries of farming, forestry and fishing.
The College established the first Aquaponics system in the country and created the only Veterinary programme in the South Pacific islands; We collaborate with important stakeholders such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Forestry and Ministry of Fisheries and have signed MoUs with local and international partners such as Spices of Fiji, Australian Centre International Agricultural Research, Society for the Protection and Care for Animals and Fiji Dairy Cooperative Limited. We have also signed MoUs with institutions in Australia and China, and are developing collaboration with several other institutions in the country, region and globally. Some of this collaboration has brought in research projects in different areas of our operations.
We commenced postgraduate programmes at the Masters and PhD levels from 2020. We have MSc programmes by coursework, with 50 % research content and another MSc programme by research, which is administered by the Office of the Pro-VC Research. We will be introducing an Honours programme in Agriculture and Forestry from 2021.
Our Bachelor programmes are hands-on, with industry visits and an industrial attachment component, which prepare students for the work environment when they graduate.