Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable Production in American Samoa: Protecting Your Health and the Health of Your Land with Integrated Pest Management and Soil Conservation

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2007: $55,660.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: Western
State: American Samoa
Principal Investigator:
Amio Mavaega-Luvu
ASCC-Land Grant
Amio Mavaega-Luvu
American Samoa RC&D Council

Annual Reports

Information Products


  • Agronomic: potatoes
  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, beans, cabbages, cucurbits, eggplant, sweet corn, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: native plants, trees


  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development
  • Pest Management: biological control, botanical pesticides, chemical control, cultural control, disease vectors, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, mulches - killed, mulches - living, physical control, row covers (for pests), sanitation, traps, mulching - vegetative, weather monitoring
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: green manures, soil analysis


    The Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable Production in American Samoa project has come to an end. Please read previous annual progress reports for a full picture of the project activities and accomplishments. The Samoan translation of the book has finally done and being printed for distributions. It has been a very challenging project for me and the committee. In the process of translating the book it was even harder as we thought. The translator had tried his best with the committee’s assistant in editing to decide which form of the Samoan Language should we use. Is it the common or the formal Samoan Language? Although we came across those problems, we finally managed to complete and moved forward with the project. At present the book is in its completion stage of printing. A workshop and outreach for personnel in Agriculture Extension, Department of Education, Department of Commerce, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, and our United Stated Department of Agriculture partners - Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Conservations Service and selected local farmers is plan for this month or beginning of the year. This workshop will also target the neighboring Island of Manu’a. Due to limited transportations between the two Islands the Committee are looking at the earliest possibility and will plan accordingly to the availability of other agencies whom are to come together to join this workshop. The distributions of the book will take place at the workshops. The Vegetable Handbook Committee has created a list of more than 30 agencies and organizations including the local farmers’ cooperative. Some off-island partners including the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the University of the South Pacific in Samoa will also receive the publication. The Committee will be very selective of the audience because it’s in the Samoan Language.

    Project objectives:

    YEAR 2 (2011) December 2011: Final Printing of Samoan Version December 29-Jan 2012: Workshop for Samoan Audience and Targeted agencies Manu’a Island

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.