2024 WSARE State Implementation Program

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2023: $120,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2026
Grant Recipient: University of Hawaii
Region: Western
State: Hawaii
State Coordinator:
Jensen Uyeda
University of Hawaii


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Proposal abstract:

The Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP) at
the University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Tropical
Agriculture and Human Resources (UH CTAHR) remains
committed to conducting annual professional development
educational opportunities for agricultural professionals
(AG-PRO) in cooperation with WSARE on evidence-based,
sustainable agricultural practices. The WSARE PDP program
allows us to continue servicing and educating agricultural
professionals in advancing sustainable agricultural
practices which are in line with WSARE’s goals in advancing
stewardship of the island’s natural resources by providing
site-specific, sustainable farming and ranching methods
that strengthen agricultural competitiveness; satisfies
human food and fiber needs, maintain, conserve, enhance the
quality and productivity of soil; conserve water, energy,
natural resources, and maintain and improve the quality of
surface and groundwater. We anticipate providing
agricultural professionals and producers with the
technologies, skills, and competencies to increase farm
productivity and efficiency; safeguard human, farm,
biological, and natural resources; reduce unnecessary crop
and chemical inputs; and improve the overall quality of
life of Hawaii’s farmers and agricultural communities
through education, outreach, and applied research.


Project objectives from proposal:

  • Bolster local food security and high-quality food systems
    through research, education, and

  • Promote healthy and resilient regional communities in the
    Pacific region and beyond.

  • Revitalize and reconnect ecosystems and the community to
    bolster holistic health.

  • Build leadership in abundant and flourishing
    social-ecological systems for sustainable and resilient crop,
    ornamental plant, and livestock production systems (‘āina

  • Increase productivity through scalable and affordable
    technologies in crop improvement, pest and disease
    management, and biocultural resource conservation and

  • Weave multiple knowledge systems for stewardship of natural
    resources (mālama ‘āina).

  • Develop a socially and emotionally fit workforce to serve
    diverse communities.

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.