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Niue Biodiversity Teaching Kit for primary school students
Primary school students in Niue will soon be learning about the biodiversity of flora and fauna which exists in their island country and the ecological importance .  FAO has partnered with Landcare Research NZ to produce the biodiversity teaching kit for the primary schools of Niue. “This is one of the core results of creating awareness for biodiversity conservation among the people of Niue”, said Rudolf Hahn, Chief Technical Officer for...
Student’s positive attitude to agriculture
Students studying agriculture at Leififi College in Apia, Samoa have embraced their subject as a possible future pathway. “The students look forward to these classes”, said Leififi College principle, Malae Sefuiva Lauano. “ We have vocational subjects at Leififi college like arts, woodwork,  and agriculture”.  “We are very happy to receive gardening equipment using vouchers we won in a competition at World Food Day 2015”. Said Ms. Lauano. “We were able...
Namu Robby – Building resilience after natural disasters
Namu Robby lives with his family in the Anabrou settlement area of Port Vila. His family has a small business, making furniture out of local timber, with a few family members working in town. Tropical Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu on March 13 2015, causing widespread damage and destruction throughout the country. Namua was one of many affected As with most settlements in the capital, many family members live together in very close...
Reviewing Samoa
The Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries held two consultations in Upolu and Savaii on the 13th and 14th July 2016 respectively. The consultations aim to introduce the review process of the Community-based Fisheries Management Programme (CBFMP) as well as collect preliminary information from the representatives of 70 selected communities in  Upolu and Savaii who joined the programme. The CBFMP was initiated in 1995 under the Australian funded...
Shark Measures Database now online
An online database has been developed which documents international, regional and national shark measures. The Shark Measures Database collates management measures to assist the sustainable use and conservation of shark resources; making all shark related regulations and guidance to fishery and conservation managers accessible in one website. The database was developed by FAO, in cooperation with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and...
Students plan for a future in agriculture
Students from Faleata College in Apia, Samoa have waited eagerly for the arrival of seedlings and equipment to begin their school project. The Head of Department for Agricultural Science and Horticulture, Toleafoa Tuputala Aneliu Tuipe’a was pleased to receive equipment and seedlings which would be used to encourage gardening activities at the school. “We are very happy to receive needed seedlings and gardening equipment using vouchers we won in a competition at...
Partnering to reverse the decline of Fiji land and forests
The Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, the Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, and the Ministry of Agriculture have launched – Wakatu Fiji –, a groundbreaking campaign to better support community efforts to sustainably manage their land and forests. The campaign was developed with support from FAO and cChange, a local communications NGO. The campaign (Wakatu which means ‘tree’) aims to promote actions at all levels, and in all sectors, to sustainably use...
Improving agricultural data helps food security
15.06.2016 Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
Improving agricultural data helps food security
The Integrated Agriculture Census (IAC) project is a multi-donor project to improve agricultural information to help develop evidence based policy which will deliver better food security and income from agriculture for the people of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). A national census of agriculture has not been carried out in FSM since 1969 which means that accurate, consistent, relevant, and overall timely agricultural data is very limited. This has led...
Joint project in the Cook Islands aims to boost food security
FAO and the Cook Islands Ministry of Agriculture have begun a project to help local farmers and processors produce more nutritious and safe food for the local market, ensuring food security for the island nation. An inception mission was held in April. At the meeting, it was important to update communities on the next steps in the process and to ensure that they remain an integral part of the project implementation....
Tonga Releases First Agricultural Census Report In 14 Years
FAO supported report focuses on food security
25.05.2016 Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Releases First Agricultural Census Report In 14 Years
Food Security for Tonga is at the heart of the new 'Tonga 2015 National Agricultural Census' report that was released in April in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The project to compile a National Agricultural Census report for Tonga was initiated in 2014 and funded by FAO. The report covers fisheries, agriculture, forestry, food and livestock and is made up of two books. The main larger report outlines the structure of the agriculture sector, along...