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Experts collaborate to reduce ‘Ghost Fishing’
The abandonment and discarding of commercial fishing  gear is one of the most problematic types of marine debris. It can remain in the oceans for years continuing to entangle fish and marine animals in its nets and killing them– a phenomenon known as ‘ghost fishing’. The marking of fishing gear can reduce this phenomenon. Marking gear is needed for two basic reasons. Firstly, to locate the gear, and secondly to identify...
OneUN commemorates World Press Freedom Day 2016
UN Agencies, UNESCO, FAO and UNDP, in partnership with the National University of Samoa (NUS) Media and Journalism Programme, hosted a Media Seminar to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. The Seminar will brought together Communication Officers from government ministries and media representatives and was held in April  in Apia, Samoa With 2016 as the official year to strengthen global commitments on sustainable development through the promotion of 17 Sustainable Development Goals,...
Chicks bring hope to farmer
06.05.2016 Nataleira, Fiji
Chicks bring hope to farmer
Paula Cagi is a 47 year-old farmer/fisherman rebuilding his life and livelihood after Tropical Cyclone Winston left him devastated. Standing by the foundation of what was left of his home, Cagi recalls the “horror” vividly.  “We watched our house uprooted by the strong winds and then swept out to the sea by the angry surging waves. Nearly 85% of the houses in this village were damaged or completely destroyed. “ “It not only...
FAO launch new office in Fiji
24.04.2016 Suva, Fiji
FAO launch new office in Fiji
FIJI'S agricultural sector will gain immensely from the physical presence of FAO, which officially launched an office in Suva in April. Located within the Ministry of Agriculture complex, the existence of the international government organisation in Fiji, is the culmination of the host country agreement that was sealed in Rome between the Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and FAO's Director General Jose Graziano da Silva. The Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime...
Youth show interest in agriculture
Students from St Mary’s College in Apia, Samoa can finally begin their school garden project. The students have obtained the needed seeds and gardening equipment using vouchers they won at a competition, which was part of the World Food Day 2015 celebrations. The vouchers were supplied by FAO through the UN Youth Employment Programme. The competition provided an opportunity for the students to showcase projects and to provide an incentive to continue...
Chicks land in Fiji
24.04.2016 Suva, Fiji
Chicks land in Fiji
In Fiji, 313 small farmers are the first beneficiaries of FAO Livestock Emergency Response Project, funded by donor agency, the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA).  Each farmer, including women, will take delivery of a box containing chicks. FAO is working closely with the Government of Fiji on this project, in response to Cyclone Winston which struck Fiji in March, and officers of the Ministry of Agriculture are responsible for...
Tuvalu accedes to FAO International Treaty
24.04.2016 Funafuti, Tuvalu
Tuvalu accedes to FAO International Treaty
FAO’s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is a significant agreement contributing to sustainable food security for all peoples. The Pacific Community (SPC) through its Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees has supported the accession of Tuvalu to this international treaty. Tuvalu’s Minister for Natural Resources, Hon. Elisala Pita signed the instrument of accession to the Treaty, confirming Tuvalu as the most recent addition to the 137...
FAO helps farmers to supply consistently safe and quality food
FAO is supporting Samoan farmers to consistently market top quality produce through a project targeted at the community, private sector and institutions. FAO has recently launched a new initiative to reduce postharvest horticulture fruit and vegetable loss in Samoa, to be led by Prof Steven Underhill from the University of Queensland, Australia. Throughout 2015, Prof Underhill in collaboration with staff from the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS) undertook an in-depth study...
Supporting youth in agriculture
30.03.2016 Apia, Samoa
Supporting youth in agriculture
Students from St. Joseph’s College have put vouchers they won in a competition for agricultural equipment to good use.  The competition, which was part of the World Food Day 2015 celebrations, was aimed at High Schools that give agriculture a high profile in their school curriculum. The competition provided an opportunity for the students to showcase projects and to provide an incentive to continue with agriculture in their studies and possibly...
Compiling bycatch data on turtles
30.03.2016 Honolulu, Hawai'i
Compiling bycatch data on turtles
Six of seven species of sea turtles are considered critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. Factors such as human consumption of meat and eggs, predation on eggs, nesting disturbance, climate change, marine pollution and boat collisions all have contributed to declines in sea turtle populations, but interaction with fishing gear is considered to be one of the most serious threats. Most fishers do not record sea turtles as bycatch in logbooks, and...