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 Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa
Geography undergraduate students from from the University of New South Wales, Australia recently visited the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Subregional office while on a study tour to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa. Assistant FAO Representative, Mr Philip Tuivavalagi welcomed the students and explained the long-term commitment FAO has to mainstreaming food security and nutrition. “Achieving food security for all is at the heart of...
Strengthening Solomon Islands’ microbiological food testing capacity
Solomon Islands is developing its microbiological testing capacity of the National Public Health Laboratory for fish exports, and local food and water through a three year capacity building project, which is funded by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) of the World Trade Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).   The National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) in Honiara, Solomon Islands is implementing the project...
Aquaculture projects up and running in Micronesia
FAO is funding two projects to assist five Micronesian countries to further develop and sustain aquaculture activities, through an improved aquaculture business investment planning approach. The projects have been developed for the Republic of Palau, Republic of Nauru, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia (MASA countries) and Kiribati – MASA refers to the Pacific Micronesian Association for Sustainable Aquaculture. They are “Aquaculture business investment planning and...
Samoan youth train in Agribusiness
26.09.2018 Salelologa, Samoa
Samoan youth train in Agribusiness
Gaining knowledge in agriculture is crucial for young farmers to create job opportunities. A training workshop to build capacity of selected young farmers in agribusiness Management and contract farming took place in Savai’i, Samoa. The workshop combines the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to address employment challenges for the youth of Samoa and build the capacity...
Data collection for the Pacific discussed
This week, the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO), Pacific Community (SPC) and representatives from Pacific Island Countries (PICS) will attend a regional workshop in Nadi to raise awareness on SDG Target 2.1 monitoring. The aim of SDG 2.1. is to end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year...
Paradise revisited: reflections of Samoa
I returned to Apia Samoa on 21 June 2018 to participate in a joint World Bank (WB), Government of Samoa (GoS), Food, and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) technical preparation mission. Samoa will receive a grant of USD 13.9 million for the new Samoa Agriculture and Fisheries Productivity and Marketing Project (SAFPROM) project, of which up to 3 million could go into fisheries development. The money for fisheries could...
Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis report for fisheries launched
GEF funded Oceanic Fisheries Management Project II launches new Western and Central Pacific Ocean oceanic fisheries Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis report. Under the direction of FAO and UNDP, the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency is implementing the Oceanic Fisheries Management Project. The objective of this project is to support Pacific SIDS in meeting their obligations to implement & effectively enforce global, regional & sub-regional arrangements for the conservation & management of transboundary...
Postharvest waste hinders farmers and consumers in Samoa
Postharvest waste is a major issue for Samoa, not only does it reduce smallholder farmer profit but it decreases the amount of fruit and vegetables available for sale to consumers. A workshop was held in Apia which will presented results and key recommendations associated with FAO-funded research and development activities to improve smallholder postharvest handling practice in Samoa.  In 2015, FAO launched a project aimed atimproving the capacity of small farmers to...
FAO promotes contract farming in Fiji
The Government of Fiji and FAO are continuing 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 Fiji– was held in Suva, Fiji. Fiji Crops and Livestock Council –FCLC provided logistic for this training workshop. FAO agribusiness value chains consultant Mr. Sherzad and FCLC Contract Farming experts jointly facilitated...
Tokelau learns from Samoa
24.05.2018 Apia, Samoa
Tokelau learns from Samoa
A team from Tokelau experienced firsthand Samoa Biosecurity measures as part of a training workshop held from May 15 - 18 in Apia. The team consisted of members from the Department of Economic Development Natural Resources and Environment (EDNRE) who traveled from Tokelau to attend the workshop.   “Tokelau faces challenges to increase local food production for food and nutrition security. Agricultural production in Tokelau is relatively small as it...