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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...
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...