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Cattle and Sheep Integrated Production and Management Project officially launched
The Cattle and Sheep integrated production and management Project for Tonga was recently launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) Hon Semisi Fakahau. The launch was followed an inception workshop which was held at Davina House.   Aimed to improve productivity of sheep and cattle for household food security, food nutrition, fighting against NCDs and maintaining sustainable livelihoods for Tonga, the project is expected to be...
FAO donates marine safety grab bags to Silana fisherwomen
FAO donated three Marine Safety Grab Bags to improve the safety at sea for the fisherwomen of Silana Village, Tailevu. Local fishermen and women venture out to sea in small, uncovered vessels day and night to earn a living, and feed their communities.   The FAO initiative identifies the importance of fishing for local livelihoods and diets. It also recognises that fishing is the most dangerous of all occupations, with...
Ecosystem Services:  An integrated approach to making a difference in agriculture
In Tonga, four community project sites have been busy learning about how to adopt integrated farming systems based on the ecosystem services in their agricultural landscape since  the introduction of the Ridge to Reef (R2R) FAO Integrated Lands and Agroecosystem Management System (ILAMS) to Tonga project., 4 community project sites have been busy learning about how to adopt integrated farming systems based on the ecosystem services in their agricultural landscape....
Five-year review brings employees closer and shares knowledge among Pacific colleagues
The week of 27 November witnessed four days of intense review of FAO’s five-year programme 2013 to 2017 for 14 Pacific Island countries,  lessons learnt, success stories and challenges for the next five-year plan that will start in 2018, not to mention an end of year party that included an unforgettable group communication activity and Hula dancing.   Over 40 colleagues gathered at the office in Apia, including National Programme...
FAO show interest in products developed by the University of the South Pacific
A team from FAO, led by Sub-Regional Coordinator, Eriko Hibi visited the Food Technology Laboratory at the University of the South Pacific (USP) recently.   During the visit, a variety of food products which were on display during the Open Day celebration held earlier this year were shown to the team by Food Technology Consultant, Prof. Lutgarda S. Palomar. Prof Palomar gave explanations on some of the products such as,...
Bringing farmers and buyers together in Vanuatu
The Government of Vanuatu and FAO are furthering their partnership to promote contract farming as a means to coordinate links between farmers and agribusiness firms.   A Contract Farming training workshop on – planning and implementing Contract Farming operations in Vanuatu was held from September 20 – 22 in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The training included a half day field visit.   A total of 22 participants (including 10 from outer...
Bangladesh launches world’s first country investment plan to tackle challenges to environment, forestry and climate change
Bangladesh is moving forward with an investment plan – the world’s first – that would see USD 7 billion targeted to tackle the national effects of climate change and improve the health of the country’s environment and forests over the next five years, the country’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has reported. The Ministry made the announcement during the launch of the Bangladesh Environment, Forestry and Climate Change (EFCC) Country...
Fiji to host Asia-Pacific Regional Conference
The Government of Fiji has formally agreed to host the 34th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations announced today. The hosting arrangements for the 34th APRC were formalized in the Fijian capital Suva following the signing of a Memorandum of Responsibilities by Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Inia Seruiratu, and Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific....
Fiji to host Asia-Pacific Regional Conference
The Government of Fiji has formally agreed to host the 34th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations announced today. The hosting arrangements for the 34th APRC were formalized in the Fijian capital Suva following the signing of a Memorandum of Responsibilities by Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Inia Seruiratu, and Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for...
Australia and FAO to work together on improving fresh water management in Asian agriculture to safeguard the region’s food security
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Australia and the Australian Water Partnership to work toward improvements in fresh water management in Asia. The MoU was signed by FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, Kundhavi Kadiresan, with Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Dr Don Blackmore for the Australian Water Partnership. Australia...
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