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Cattle and Sheep Integrated Production and Management Project officially launched
The Cattle and Sheep integrated production and management Project for Tonga was recently launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) Hon Semisi Fakahau. The launch was followed an inception workshop which was held at Davina House.   Aimed to improve productivity of sheep and cattle for household food security, food nutrition, fighting against NCDs and maintaining sustainable livelihoods for Tonga, the project is expected to be...
FAO donates marine safety grab bags to Silana fisherwomen
FAO donated three Marine Safety Grab Bags to improve the safety at sea for the fisherwomen of Silana Village, Tailevu. Local fishermen and women venture out to sea in small, uncovered vessels day and night to earn a living, and feed their communities.   The FAO initiative identifies the importance of fishing for local livelihoods and diets. It also recognises that fishing is the most dangerous of all occupations, with...
Ecosystem Services:  An integrated approach to making a difference in agriculture
In Tonga, four community project sites have been busy learning about how to adopt integrated farming systems based on the ecosystem services in their agricultural landscape since  the introduction of the Ridge to Reef (R2R) FAO Integrated Lands and Agroecosystem Management System (ILAMS) to Tonga project., 4 community project sites have been busy learning about how to adopt integrated farming systems based on the ecosystem services in their agricultural landscape....
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...
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....
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...