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Food Security Monitoring Systems for Vanuatu
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), the Risk and Resilience Unit (RRU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have been working together since the beginning of 2016 to develop a food security monitoring system for Vanuatu. This collaboration is possible thanks to funding from the European Union.   The food security monitoring system is a tool that monitors food production while strengthening the...
Disaster-prone communities in Vanuatu prepared with food preservation technology
With El Nino following hard on the heels of Tropical Cyclone Pam in March 2015, subsistence farmer Ruta Bule faced a difficult recovery. “Cyclone Pam came and that was bad. The storm spoiled our gardens. But then El Nino came and that was even worse.” Said Ruta. Rebuilding lives and making land productive again takes time and effort.  Fruit trees and gardens have suffered causing concern for food security of families...
Reducing the spread of Zoonotic diseases in Fiji
The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) in conjunction with Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry (MFF) and FAO is working on implementing a joint project funded through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation supported by the Government of Belgium. This project aims to minimise the spread of zoonotic diseases such as Leptospirosis, Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis among livestock farmers and households in Fiji. Under the FAO project,...
Belgium Ambassador sees lasting impact of assistance in Vanuatu
His Excellency Mr Jean-Luc Bodson, Ambassador of Belgium has personally seen the lasting impact of Belgium assistance for people rebuilding their lives after Tropical Cyclone Pam which struck Vanuatu on March 13 2015. Part of the USD 285 000 Belgium-funded project was the establishmesnt of urban gardens in Port Vila, with thousands of seed and seedling distributions across Vanuatu to meet the needs of those affected by the cyclone. FAO distributed...
New FAO representative arrives in the Pacific
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Subregional Office is pleased to welcome Eriko Hibi to Samoa as the Subregional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands. Ms Hibi joins the Subregional Office following three and a half years as FAO Representative in Syria. Ms Hibi arrived on 28 August from Damascus, Syria, where she managed FAO's humanitarian and resilience programme as FAO Representative since March, 2013. “I’m honoured for the...
Fijian farmer receives FAO award for leadership
Alfred John Sayaham, a farmer from Labasa, Fiji, was nominated for an FAO award in recognition of his commitment to practicing Sustainable Land Management (SLM) technologies. He supports and shares knowledge of building resilience to climate change to other communities within the peripheral, and to ensure the adoption of SLM to all land users in Siberia, Labasa. Sayaham received a “Model Farmer” award along with others from Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand and...
Students express interest in agriculture
Students from Wesley College in Apia, Samoa completed their school garden project. The students have obtained gardening equipment using vouchers they won at a competition, which was part of the World Food Day 2015 celebrations. The competition provided an opportunity for the students to showcase projects and to provide an incentive to continue with agriculture in their studies and possibly as a career.  “We are very happy to receive the gardening equipment”....
Contract farming: Bringing farmers and buyers together
The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc and FAO are furthering their partnership to promote contract farming as a means to coordinate links between farmers and agribusiness firms. Continuing from successful workshops held in 2015 to promote contract farming, FAO and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. held a training workshop on design and analysis of farming contracts. The workshop was facilitated by Carlos da Silva, Professor of Agro-industrial...
New focal point joins FAO in Vanuatu
05.08.2016 Port Vila, Vanuatu
New focal point joins FAO in Vanuatu
FAO is pleased to introduce Graham Nimoho who recently joined the FAO Subregional team as Assistant FAO Representative and who will greatly assist FAO activities on the ground in Vanuatu. In the following brief profile, we find about Graham and why he joined FAO.  Name: Graham Nimoho Title: Assistant FAO Representative, Vanuatu  Nationality: Republic of Vanuatu Before joining FAO:  I was employed as the senior fisheries officer for the northern part of Vanuatu by...
Helping market vendors get back on their feet
Around 1,000 women market vendors - farmers who were adversely affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston have received agriculture supplies that will help in their efforts to replant their crops. The produce will eventually be sold to market. For market vendor-farmer Adi Menani Tabua from Naqoro Village the supplies could not have come at a better time. “I lost everything after Cyclone Winston and we are still trying to replant all the crops...