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FAO supports farmers to reduce post-harvest loss
FAO is supporting Samoan farmers to consistently market top quality produce through a project targeted at the community, private sector and institutions. In December 2016, FAO conducted a survey of pineapple and bread fruit producers in Samoa to understand postharvest handling practices in terms of harvesting, packaging, transport and product quality. The survey was led by Prof Steven Underhill from the University of Queensland, Australia. The survey is a continuation of prior...
Promoting pineapple potential in Vanuatu
Those pineapples that still seem exotic on a super market shelf anywhere beyond the equator, are not just gorgeous to look at and luscious to eat or drink but this seemingly omnipresent tropical produce requires a careful and lengthy process of cultivation.   In the Pacific island of Vanuatu, where pineapple production on a large commercial scale is still being developed, local family and commercial pineapple farms are being helped...
Improving links between farmers and markets in Samoa
Farming communities in Samoa benefit from sustainably producing nutritious and healthy crops in the island’s lowland areas. But what happens with the produce after harvesting?  A study was conducted recently by FAO which profiled the farmers’ current production and marketing activities aiming at increasing their income. FAO, through its Forest and Protected Area Management (FPAM) project, has been working, with the Government of Samoa in establishing of three Community Conservation...
FAO welcomes officer to Samoa
22.02.2017 Apia, Samoa
FAO welcomes officer to Samoa
Madankumar Janakiraman joins the team at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Subregional office in Samoa. Madankumar will be based in Apia as Programme Officer for the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Through its strategic investments, GEF works with partners globally to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental issues.  GEF 's funding also helps reduce poverty, strengthen governance and achieve greater equality between women and men.   An Indian...
Call for input on the Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States
FAO is seeking stakeholder input on the draft Global Action Programmeon Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States. Who should participate?              All stakeholders, including national governments, private sector, civil society, academia, the scientific community, local authorities, international organizations, donors and development partners.  What is needed?                              Your input on the Draft Global Action Programme  (The final version will be presented at the FAO Conference: 3-8 July 2017)  By when?                                          ...
FAO help fisherman repair boats damaged by Cyclone Winston
The impact on the fishing sector of Tropical Cyclone Winston which struck Fiji in February 2016 is still evident today. It’s been reported in the town of Levuka on the island of Ovalau of damaged infrastructure, destroyed fishing boats and a decrease in the size and quality of fish catches after the typhoon. FAO working in co-operation with the Fisheries Department in Fiji have conducted workshops to repair previously damaged fishing boats...
Long serving officer moves on
22.12.2016 Apia, Samoa
Long serving officer moves on
Forest Resource Management Officer , Mr Aru Mathias is leaving Samoa after serving nearly two decades for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Mr Mathias, a national of  Vanuatu , arrived in Samoa in March 1999. “ I arrived in Samoa on three year contract as Forest Resource Management Officer and stayed 17 years”. During his time here Mr Mathias has noticed significant change in Samoa and...
Healthy eco-systems, Healthy food, Healthy people
Farming families in the Samoan island of Savai’i benefit from sustainably producing nutritious crops in lowland areas while helping to conserve the cloud forest eco-systems in the island’s highlands. FAO has been working with the Government of Samoa in establishing Community Conservation Areas in the villages of Taga, Gataivai and Matautu. Part of a much larger global environment project, the conservation areas were established to preserve the biodiversity and maintain...
Promoting Ecosystem-based Agriculture in Samoa
Biodiversity and ecosystem services are at the heart of sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and contributing to national development goals and objectives. Ecosystem-based approaches to agriculture – that build on the natural ecosystem from soil fertility, ecological management of pests and weeds, integrated and organic farming systems – to deliver better outcomes for food and nutrition security and reduce negative environmental influences. In addition, ecosystem-based agriculture can open up more opportunities...
Using technology to respond to disasters in Fiji
FAO is using data collection technology to reduce the impacts of disasters on agriculture and food security in Fiji and across the Pacific.  As part of this initiative, FAO and the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture have been running a training exercise that changes the way disaster assessment and response is handled across the Pacific.   The training introduces KoBo Toolbox, a free data collection software which can be customized to...