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Enhanced efforts to bolster and sustain rice productivity
Up to 80 farmers will directly benefit from using combine rice harvesters handed over at a ceremony held at Madhuvani Rakiraki last week. Funded by the European Union (EU), the three combine rice harvesters will be used by the Madhuvani Rice Cluster, Barotu Rice Cluster and Manisogosogo and Vunivikalowa Rice farmers’ cluster. The three combined rice harvesters will be used by these clusters to help ease the burden of manual rice...
Kiribati strengthens agriculture in the face of COVID-19
Enhancing food security, nutrition and resilience has never been more important in the small island nation of Kiribati than now – in the face of Covid 19 and its associated health and economic impacts.  With funding from UN COVID-19 Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN have been working across the agriculture and fisheries industries to strengthen food systems & supply chains...
Re-establishing fishing in Tuvalu after TC Tino and the impacts of COVID-19
Following the devastation of Cyclone Tino in January and a slowed economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FAO is supporting Tuvalu in rebuilding and sustaining its fisheries programme and providing economic opportunities for fishers. From January 16-19, 2020, Cyclone Tino brought heavy rains and winds that caused catastrophic damage that impacted Tuvalu’s food and fish production systems. Tuvalu’s Government requested FAO to provide technical assistance to rehabilitate fisheries in the aftermath...
Discussions to move FishFAD project forward in programs in Vanuatu
The Vanuatu Fisheries Department (VFD) hosted a programme retreat from September 28-October 2, 2020 on the island of Espiritu Santo at Turtle Bay Lodge. The 40 participants included VFD directors, managers and senior staff; provincial fisheries development officers (FDOs); representatives from the Pacific Pathways and FishFAD projects; stakeholders from the Sanma Secretary General and East Santo Area Council; and village chiefs and fishers. This meeting followed the FishFAD project’s virtual regional...
FAO project supports FAD programme in Palau
FAO supports recent efforts in Palau to ensure the nation has a strong and sustainable fish aggregating device (FAD) programme. Through the FishFAD project these efforts build on Palau’s longstanding experience in FAD deployments and training in FAD fishing, which were often led by master fishermen with the Pacific Community Nearshore Fisheries Development Section. Over time, the programme has contracted with other organizations and projects, such as FishFAD, to assist...
Pacific countries receive support for national Food-Based Dietary Guidelines
FAO is collaborating with government Ministries for Health, Food and Agriculture from several Pacific countries to provide support to revise national Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG). The partnership follows requests by the Governments of Fiji, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu to provide technical assistance in revising and implementing national Food-Based Dietary Guidelines. In response, FAO is designing and funding the regional project called - Technical support for national Food-Based...
New initiative develops tuna products in Pacific Island countries
The FishFAD project (also known as Enhancing livelihoods and food security through fisheries with nearshore fish aggregating devices in the Pacific) is developing tuna products to provide both local income and nutrient-dense options in Pacific Island countries. In June this year, the first training on manufacturing tuna products was held in Bairiki, Kiribati. The four-day training included beneficiaries from South Tarawa and representatives from the Betio fish aggregating device (FAD) committee...
Collecting data critical to growing agriculture sector in Samoa
Teams from the Samoa Bureau of Statistics (SBS) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) have been out in rural areas interviewing farmers, livestock owners, and fishers for the Agriculture Census. The field data collection work will be completed by 1 August. The Government of Samoa is conducting the census with full coverage of the agriculture sector. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is providing technical...
Fishing devices to boost nearshore fishing deployed in Samoa
Nearshore fishing received substantial support with the deployment of anchored fishing aggregating devices (FAD’s) in locations around Samoa. An anchored FAD is a structure or device that is anchored to the sea bottom and has floats at the surface, this becomes an attraction for marine life and small fish which are then the food for larger high value fish like tuna. Teams from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) deployed...
Vanuatu get community nurseries to help with cyclone Harold recovery
Through the month of July, teams of government agencies and donor partners are in South Pentecost, Vanuatu establishing ten community agroforestry nurseries in ten communities affected by TC Harold. The activity is part of the Integrated Sustainable land and Coastal Management (ISLCM) project, which aims to implement sustainable and integrated management of forest, land and marine resources. The newly established community nurseries are part of the Livelihood Recovery Program in  communities...
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