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FAO visits agricultural facilities at the University of the South Pacific
The Institute of Research, Extension & Training in Agriculture
30.11.2017 Apia, Samoa
FAO visits agricultural facilities at the University of the South Pacific
FAO SAP Coordinator for the Pacific Islands, Ms. Eriko Hibi and a team of FAO technical staff visited the School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) and the Institute of Research, Extension & Training in Agriculture (IRETA) Farm at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Samoa. The main purpose of their visit was an opportunity for FAOSAP technical staff to look at the SAFT facilities and programs as well...
Pacific leaders alarmed over climate change’s negative impact on food systems and food security
At High-level meeting at FAO, Pacific leaders issue joint statement as a “call to action” to COP23
13.11.2017 Rome, Italy
Pacific leaders alarmed over climate change’s negative impact on food systems and food security
Climate change poses an alarming threat to food systems and food security in the Pacific islands, warned leaders of nine small island developing states (SIDS), representatives of regional development bodies, New Zealand and Australia at a meeting chaired by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today. The meeting took place ahead of the Pacific leaders' participation at the UN Climate Conference COP23 in Bonn, and culminated in the leaders signing a...
Regional Fiji meeting on world programme for the Census of Agriculture 2020 (WCA 2020) contributes to sustainable development goals
Highlighting the importance of reliable statistics and data for policy development, including national agricultural censuses, a week-long FAO workshop for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to food and agriculture, and the last in the series of regional roundtables on World Census of Agriculture 2020,  opened in Nadi, Fiji today. For FAO, assisting governments to produce accurate statistics for informed decision-making, and the agricultural census that is a key pillar...
Vanuatu hosts the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture
Global agricultural leaders gathered for the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA 2017) in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 16 to 20 October. The Government of Vanuatu hosted the one-week event in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and FAO.    The intensive week of meetings will saw international and regional participants explore innovations, discuss challenges and look for ways to protect and expand agriculture in the Pacific. With support from the...
Agriculture Ministers show support for FAO initiative
Global agricultural leaders gathered for the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA 2017) in Port Vila, Vanuatu from 16 to 20 October. The Government of Vanuatu hosted the one-week event in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and FAO. FAO’s Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island States (GAP) received support from Ministers who attended the GAP side event held during the Pacific Week of...
One million dollar land degradation project marked for Vanuatu
FAO is working on a project to help protect the people of Tongoa Island in Vanuatu where land and forest degradation threaten the livelihoods of the island’s inhabitants. Funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), and working with the Vanuatu Ministry of Climate Change, together with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries and other key partners, the project aims to restore lands that are severely degraded due to coastal...
FAO with local authorities and partners tackling food safety across the Pacific
By Eriko Hibi, FAO Subregional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands
10.10.2017 Apia, Samoa
FAO with local authorities and partners tackling food safety across the Pacific
Growing concerns across other Pacific Island countries about human wellbeing has led to increased attention being paid to improved food safety and nutrition.  Consumers, food vendors, restaurants, universities to governments are all paying more attention to the role they can play in keeping us safe.  With World Food Day (Monday, October 16) just around the corner, I thought I would draw you attention to the role my Organization, FAO has...
Nabalasere Ecotourism Forest Park launched in Fiji
The new and upgraded trail for the Nabalasere Ecotourism Forest Park was officially launched by the Minister for Forests, Honorable Osea Naiqamu on Friday 29th September.   Work on the upgrade and improvement of the forest trail is through a partnership between the Nabalasere village community and the Fiji Government, which began in 2015 and supported through funding by the Global Environment Fund under the Forest and Protected Area Management...
Statistics key to agriculture sector development
The Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), the Samoan Bureau for Statistics (SBS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have been working together to improve agriculture sector information and statistics for Samoa. The importance of up-to-date and reliable data on the agricultural sector was reiterated at the Statistics Methods Training Workshop which is being conducted at MAF this week. In his opening remarks the CEO of MAF, Tilafono...
FAO welcomes new officer to Samoa
25.09.2017 Apia, Samoa
FAO welcomes new officer to Samoa
The FAO Subregional Office of the Pacific Island is pleased to welcome Ms Ana Tiraa, Natural Resources Management/Climate Change Officer.A national from the Cook Islands, Ana will lead technical work and partnership building on climate change and natural resources management within the Pacific Subregion, particularly with proposal preparations and negotiations related to the Green Climate Fund (CGF).Ana brings over 20 years conservation/environmental/climate change work experience in the Cook Islands and...