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Pro-resilience projects launched for Fiji
Initiatives to help address the impact of the drought on rural communities in Fiji will be further strengthened with assistance from the European Union (EU) worth FJD 12.5million. The EU in partnership with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, today jointly launched two projects which will enable the communities in the rural areas to cope and become more resilient to...
Training workshops on Planning and Implementing Contract Farming Operations in Tonga
The Government of Tonga, GroFed 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 from April 18 – 20 in Vavau’u, Tonga. The training included a half day field visit. A total of 26 participants from the Ministry...
Supporting a coordinated Samoa Food Cluster
The Food Security Cluster (FSC) is committed to saving lives through the coordination of the food security response in major emergencies. Effective coordination is only possible through close cooperation with partner organizations. The cluster provides the guidance at the country level that supports a broad base and timely response.   FAO Food Security Cluster Export, Peter Nuttall was deployed in Samoa recently to provide an analysis for planning and building...
Upskilling trainers to help tackle youth unemployment
Gaining knowledge and hands on experience in agriculture is crucial for young farmers to create job opportunities. The first of three training workshop for trainers took place at the MAF/Crops Division in Nu’u from April 4 – 5 this week. The workshops combines the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Samoa Federated Farmers Inc. (SFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to address...
Increasing employment opportunities for youth in Samoa
In an effort to curb youth unemployment in Samoa, young farmers in Samoa are equipping themselves with skills that will help them gain employment in agriculture. Workshops were held recently at the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (SROS) training facilities to give young farmers guidance and training in value adding and food processing practices. FAO is working SROS to build the capacity of youth in these areas. The participants took...
FAO farewells long-serving officer
Frank Chopin is retiring after eleven years of service for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Frank joined the Subregional office in Apia in August 2015 as Senior Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer following 8 years in FAO Rome where he was Chief of the Fishing Operations and Technology Service. “Having worked in the private sector and government institutions, I appreciated the value in partnering and the...
Primary school students call in at FAO
A group of students from Sauniatu Primary School visited the FAO office to learn more about the organization and what they do in the region. Accompanied by their teachers year seven and eight students were welcomed by FAO staff at Subregional Office in Apia, Samoa. Assistant FAO Representative, Philip Tuivavalagi gave a brief introduction of the organization before staff began the rest of the programme which included a fun quiz...
FAO helps strengthen community-based fisheries for the Pacific
FAO has been recently approved two projects to strengthen community-fisheries in Tonga and Samoa. The aim of the projects is to strengthen the technical capacity for both countries to improve and streamline their community-based fisheries management programmes. These programmes play an integral role in ensuring the effective management of coastal fisheries resources, which is a primary source of living for the majority of coastal fishing communities in both countries. The development of...
Drought hit atolls to receive help
11.03.2018 Wotje, Marshall Islands
Drought hit atolls to receive help
With the effects of climate change and extreme weather events disproportionately affecting people in the Pacific, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) withthe support of the Marshall Islands government is providing emergency aid to some of the Marshall Islands remote atolls hit hardest by drought. In February, Auguste Lameta and Francis Chopin from FAO together with Sepola Lafita the RMI national consultant, travelled to Wotje atoll to...
Using technology to track zoonotic diseases in Fiji
The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) is implementing information technologies in the effort to predict potential occurrence of diseases which could pose harm to animals and humans (zoonotic diseases). Detection of zoonotic diseases outbreaks is crucial to BAF, as it is the task of the Authority to implement measures for the prevention of animal diseases. The likelihood of outbreaks of zoonotic diseases such as Leptospirosis, Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis increase drastically...