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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...
Training biosecurity officers in Fiji to tackle biozoonotic diseases
Training for Biosecurity Officers to increase their capacity in tackling biozoonotic diseases was recently held in Suva, Fiji.  The training workshop was held as part of a larger effort of BAF to effectively address the spread of zoonotic diseases not only endangering human and animal health but also having potentially grave economic consequences. The spread of biozoonotic diseases, which can be harmful to both animals and humans, is a threat that...
FAO supports breadfruit industry in the region
FAO emphasized its support for the breadfruit industry at the Pacific and Global Breadfruit Summit which was recently held in Samoa. The two-day Summit brought together Professors, Scientists, Food analysts, Economists and Farmers in Samoa and was co-funded by FAO.   The Subregional Coordinator of FAO, Eriko Hibi, spoke about the importance of the summit.   “It is significant that the Government of Samoa has chosen this occasion, at the...
Contract Farming: Training workshop held in Tonga
The Government of Tonga 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 Tonga – was held in September in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The training included a half day field visit.   A total of 23 participants (including 10 from outer islands) from the...
FAO visits agricultural facilities at the University of the South Pacific
The Institute of Research, Extension & Training in Agriculture
30.11.2017 Apia, Samoa
FAO visits agricultural facilities at the University of the South Pacific
FAO SAP Coordinator for the Pacific Islands, Ms. Eriko Hibi and a team of FAO technical staff visited the School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) and the Institute of Research, Extension & Training in Agriculture (IRETA) Farm at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Samoa. The main purpose of their visit was an opportunity for FAOSAP technical staff to look at the SAFT facilities and programs as well...
Five traditional farming systems in China, Korea and Spain have been designated by FAO as "Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems". These include two sites in Spain which are the first such sites ever to be recognized in Europe– the Malaga Raisin Production System in La Axarquía and the Salt Production System in Añana. Two sites in China were also named - an integrated system of agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry (the Zhagana...
Chief Veterinary Officers from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan meet on Transboundary Animal Diseases
Livestock play an important role in countries of Central and South Asia in relation to boosting nutrition but also by helping to improve livelihoods, particlarly those of small holders and their families. Outbreaks of animal diseases like foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and peste des petits ruminants (PPR) are a constant threat to both better nutrition and farmers’ incomes. As  these diseases can spread rapidly and across national borders, there is an...
Asia-Pacific forest and farm producers pivotal to improving smallholder livelihoods and achieving regional SDGs in climate-resilient landscapes
Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPOs) from more than 10 countries of Asia-Pacific are gathering today in Myanmar for the second regional conference to accelerate and scale up implementation of the SDGs in climate-resilient landscapes for the benefit of local farm and forest communities. The conference: “From users to producers: Scaling up FFPO businesses to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in climate-resilient landscapes” is a three-day meeting providing an opportunity...
Mangoes, fruit flies and multi-billion dollar seed trade on the agenda for Asia-Pacific Plant Protection Commission
The international movement of seeds, maintaining their health in-transit and the critical role seeds play in increasing agricultural productivity, is one of a number of globally important issues to be discussed at the 30th Session of the Asia Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC), meeting over the next five days in Rotorua, New Zealand. According to the International Seed Federation, the value of the global seed industry in 2014 was USD 23.1...
Pacific leaders alarmed over climate change’s negative impact on food systems and food security
At High-level meeting at FAO, Pacific leaders issue joint statement as a “call to action” to COP23
13.11.2017 Rome, Italy
Pacific leaders alarmed over climate change’s negative impact on food systems and food security
Climate change poses an alarming threat to food systems and food security in the Pacific islands, warned leaders of nine small island developing states (SIDS), representatives of regional development bodies, New Zealand and Australia at a meeting chaired by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today. The meeting took place ahead of the Pacific leaders' participation at the UN Climate Conference COP23 in Bonn, and culminated in the leaders signing a...