Webinar: Australia’s kava market – Improving compliance and understanding

Kava makes a significant contribution to rural livelihoods in Pacific Island producing countries. It is an important cash crop and a significant source of income and employment for rural households and those involved in its harvesting, processing and sale. It has important cultural and social dimensions, including in Australia and New Zealand, and is used internationally for medicinal and therapeutic purposes.

Since the launch of Australia’s Commercial Kava Pilot Phase 2 in December 2021, allowing for the commercial importation of kava into Australia as a food, PHAMA Plus has worked with the Australian Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Pacific governments in collaboration with Pacific Trade Invest Australia, HACCP Australia and the PACER Plus Implementation Unit to assist Pacific kava stakeholders better understand the requirements for exporting kava to Australia under the Pilot.

PHAMA Plus is also working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to monitor the impact of Australia’s commercial kava pilot on kava growing countries in the region. This includes looking at the number of companies exporting to Australia, the value of kava exports and changes in the livelihoods of growers and other kava value chain actors.


Download full Commercial Kava Imports Australia Factsheet October 2022

Download full Commercial Kava Imports Australia Factsheet August 2022

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To make sure we can understand and be able to coordinate the response to the challenges you’re facing with kava exports to Australia, please complete this short survey: https://ee.humanitarianresponse.info/x/8i9xO21BWe would love to hear your feedback. Please reach out to us on info@phamaplus.com.au for more information. 

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