Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands

Multidisciplinary Team & Field Programme

FAO activities in the Pacific are implemented through field projects supported by a multidisciplinary team of experts and administrators.

The Multidisciplinary Team of the Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands (SAP) is headed by the Sub-Regional Representative for the Pacific Islands (SRR) and comprises five technical officers and a junior professional officer.

The Multidisciplinary Team provides technical expertise in the areas of: fisheries and aquaculture; food and nutrition; forest resource management; plant protection and production; policy and climate change and food security. SAP technical officers are supported by their technical departments in FAO headquarters (Rome).

In addition, technical backstopping is provided to the SAP Multidisciplinary Team by Rome- and Bangkok-based experts from the FAO Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS) and Trade and Markets Division (EST).

The FAO Field Programme in the Pacific operates projects in all its Pacific member countries

Fisheries and Aquaculture

Responsible Officer: Mr Masanami Izumi, Fishery Officer

The Fisheries and Aquaculture programme focuses on six areas: institutional strengthening and national capacity development; improving fisheries and aquaculture information systems; enhancing the conservation and management of fisheries and aquaculture resources; improving the management and operations of small-scale fisheries; strengthening national capacities in the management and further development of aquaculture; and improving post-harvest fishery products and marketing..

The main achievements and impacts in the Pacific region:

  • Improvement of appropriate regulatory framework in the effective implementation of the FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
  • National capacity development through regional workshops on the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, IUU fishing, Port State Measures, etc.
  • Publication of a booklet titled “Model plan for a Pacific Island Country: national plan of action to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing”.
  • Development of a draft National Plan of Action to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (NPOA-IUU) for Federated States of Micronesia, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, Niue, Fiji, Palau, Kiribati, Nauru and Solomon Islands
  • Development of a draft National Plan of Action for the conservation and management of sharks (NPOA-sharks) for Marshall Islands and Palau, and of a regional standard for a draft NPOA-sharks.
  • Strengthening of Coastal Fisheries Legislation in Micronesian countries in the Pacific (Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau) and review of Fisheries Legislation for Palau.
  • National capacity development in coastal fisheries management and information systems through regional workshops.
  • Update of Country Fisheries Profiles in the Pacific region.
  • Development and publication of the “Guidelines of a Community-based Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (CEAFM) for the Pacific Island countries”.
  • National capacity development in sustainable aquaculture development and development of draft national aquaculture strategy for Micronesian countries in the Pacific.
  • Regional Overview of Aquaculture Development in the Pacific – lessons learned (Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu).
  • National capacity development in risk assessment in aquaculture development in Palau, Marshall Island and Federated States of Micronesia.
  • Review of and national capacity development in the development, management and operation of milkfish farm in Palau, Nauru, Kiribati and Tonga.
  • National capacity development in fish quality control (HACCP: Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and fish inspection systems for Fiji, Tonga, Palau, Marshall Islands and Samoa.
  • National capacity development in post-harvest value-added fish product through national workshops in Nauru, Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tonga.
  • National capacity development in fish trade through Annual Roundtable Meetings on the Implication of WTO and Regional Agreements and Provisions.

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Food Safety and Quality and Nutrition

Responsible Officer: Mr. Dirk Schulz

In the area of food safety and quality, FAO supports the development of appropriate national food legislation, standards and policies, the strengthening of food control systems, and developing capacity to implement food safety and quality standards in small and medium size enterprises.

FAO also supports the building of capacity to formulate policy, legal, regulatory and strategic frameworks for food security and nutrition and developing agro-food based solutions to nutritional problems, creating a diversified supply of locally produced foods and promoting their consumption as part of a balanced diet.

Main achievements and impacts in the Pacific region include:

  • the establishment and strengthening of national codex programmes in Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu;
  • the organisation and conduct of a wide variety of capacity building workshops and seminars on nutrition and food safety and quality, including risk analysis and risk-based food inspection;
  • the international accreditation of food laboratories in Fiji (USP-IAS), Samoa (SROS);
  • an analysis of food laws and regulations in Pacific Island Countries and technical support to develop national legislation;
  • the establishment of the Pacific Food Safety and Quality Legislation Expert Group (PFSQLE) in collaboration with WHO, which completed its third meeting in December 2011
  • strengthened capacity of small and medium food processing operators in areas such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems, Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Hygienic Practices (GHP), as well as technical support for improved product formulations;
  • a strategic partnership with SPC, UNICEF, WHO, The Global Health Institute and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, which has resulted in the conduct of national food summits in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and culminating in the Pacific Food Summit (2010), where a regional Framework for Action on Food Security in the Pacific organisation was finalised and endorsed;
  • publication of the second edition of the Pacific Island Food Composition Tables;
  • publication of “Let’s Go local” guidelines and various posters highlighting nutritional value of Pacific Island foods;
  • publication of a Pacific Food Security Toolkit in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of the South Pacific (USP).

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Forest Resource Management

Responsible Officer: Mr. Aru Mathias

The main focus of Forest Resource Management activities is on the following areas: development of national capacities, especially in relation to national forest programmes; and implementation of national forest policies, in particular the framework in which policies could be implemented.

The main achievements and impacts in the Pacific region:

  • the development of a Regional Forest and Tree Genetic Resources Action Plan
  • the compilation of a synthesis report on the status of genetic resources of forests and trees in the Pacific
  • national capacity building in data collection and resource assessment under the Asia Pacific Regional Project on Monitoring Assessment and Reporting on Sustainable Forest Management and FAO global programme on Forest Resources Assessment (FRA)
  • the development of a Forestry Planning Manual to address tree and forest resource issues in the Pacific region
  • technical assistance towards the improvement of conservation and protected area management in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Niue (through GEF-PAS Forestry and Protected Area Management regional project)

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Plant Protection and Production

Responsible Officer: Mr. Viliami Fakava

The Plant Protection and Production programme of activities focuses on six components: International Plant Production Convention (IPPC); pesticide management; Integrated Pest Management (IPM); migratory pest management, emergency prevention system (Empres); and emergency management of pest and diseases.

The main achievements and impacts in the Pacific region:

  • the review of Quarantine Legislation for Samoa and Vanuatu to meet WTO and International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures (-standards and requirements)
  • a pesticide inventory including the documentation of imported pesticides into member countries, a review of Pesticide Boards, the documentation of obsolete pesticide stock piles (Kiribati, Cook Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Niue) and the compilation of pesticide lists (Palau, Solomon Islands and Tonga)
  • the training of atoll farmers on sustainable production and protection using the narrow pit systems in growing food crops (bananas, papaya, etc).
  • the provision of training (to Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Fiji and Vanuatu) on Pesticide Management and the Rotterdam Convention

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Responsible Officer: Mr. Tim Martyn

The areas being addressed under the Policy programme include: encouraging investment and marketing; increasing production to meet market demand; and assisting member countries with their National Action Plans.

The main achievements and impacts in the Pacific region:

  • the translation of the World Food Summit Plan of Action into National Plans of Action
  • the development of National Strategies on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security for 13 member countries
  • a reference manual titled Information Guide for Agricultural Policy and aiming to improve capacities in agriculture policy analysis and planning
  • the contribution to the improvement of the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of trade statistics to enhance trade policy formulation and trade negotiation
  • a market survey on seed availability and access in selected PICs
  • an Information Guide for Agriculture Policy for SAP member countries (2009)
  • a report on the Bio-Energy Food Security Nexus in the Pacific (2009)
  • a report on a scoping study to assess food security relevant data in six Pacific Countries (Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu) (2010)

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Climate Change and Food Security

Responsible Officer Mr. Ganesh Bhattarai - Junior Professional Officer

FAO's activities in climate change are spread over all departments and cover all agricultural sectors (i.e. agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries) as well as highly cross-sectoral topics (e.g. bioenergy, biodiversity, climate risk management).

FAO’s Sub Regional Office for the Pacific Island work on climate change is guided by its Strategic objective F: Sustainable management of land, water and genetic resources and improved responses to global environmental challenges affecting food and agriculture. Sub-Regional office for the Pacific Islands activities on climate change are directed to enhance Policy, legal framework and practices in the Pacific Island countries in order to address impacts of climate change and bio-energy.

  • Assessment of the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security in the Pacific (Marshall Island, Cook Island and Vanuatu) in 2008.
  • Rapid Appraisal of the Bio-energy-Food Security Nexus in Pacific Island Countries June 2009.
  • Publication of Pacific Food Security Toolkit: Building resilience to climate change - Root crop and fishery production in 2010, by FAO SAP
  • Policy, legal framework and practices in countries enhanced to address impacts of emerging issues such as climate change, bio-energy and food security.
  • National Action Plans, Policies and Strategies to address impacts of Climate Change.
  • Strengthening regional cooperation / collaboration Implementation of climate change adaptation measures and capacity building activities.

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Field Programme

FAO has field projects in operation in all its Pacific member countries, at the national, regional and global levels. These projects include, inter alia, TeleFood projects, Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) projects and Trust Fund (e.g. GEF, EU AAACP) projects.

Projects of the FAO field programme are funded both by the Organization's core budget made of contributions from FAO member nations and extra-budgetary resources received from multilateral and bilateral donors.

To view the list of field projects in operation, please select a country from the drop-down menu

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