Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


Vanuatu: Rebuilding lives and livelihoods after Cyclone Pam
Vanuatu, 28 Apr 2015 -- On 13 March, Tropical Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to agriculture in Vanuatu’s six provinces posing immediate and long-term threats to food security. The government of Vanuatu through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity requested FAO assistance in responding to  agriculture. In response, FAO has begun providing assistance to over 10,000 cyclone-affected farming households in Vanuatu and has secured 600 kg of vegetable seeds from international suppliers. The [more...]

Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture meet in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, 28 Apr 2015 -- The Government of Papua New Guinea and FAO will host the Eleventh Meeting of Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture at Port Moresby, PNG. Progress on the development of agriculture, forestry and fisheries within the FAO Pacific member states will be discussed and recommendations will be presented Ministers and representatives in attendance. The decisions by the Ministers will then help guide activities in these sectors by FAO, the member countries, and [more...]

Contract farming: Bringing farmers and buyers together
Samoa, 28 Apr 2015 -- The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc and the FAO are joining forces to promote contract farming as a means to coordinate links between farmers and agribusiness firms. In simple terms, contract farming is an agreement which establishes conditions between a buyer and farmers for the production and marketing of a farm product or products. Under contract farming, producers typically commit to the future delivery of farm products to a buyer [more...]

International Day of Forests commemorated in the Pacific
Samoa, 28 Apr 2015 -- Celebrating the International Day of Forests (IDF) is gaining momentum in the Pacific. The theme this year, Forests and Climate Change was chosen to highlight the ways in which forests and climate change are linked, and to rally global support for greater action and change. Some countries used variations of the global theme. Fiji commemorated IDF under its national theme, Healthy Forests, Resilient Communities. IDF was preceded by a weeklong awareness [more...]

Soils 4 Life: Photo Competition on Instagram
28 Apr 2015 -- FAO has launched a photo contest #soils4life on Instagram as part of the commemoration of the International Year of Soils 2015.  The contest invites followers to share photos related to soils, their potential, their functions, but also instances of exploitation or abuse to help draw attention to the numerous issues concerning this valuable resource. The contest will run from 1 April until 17 May 2015. All photos posted during this time with [more...]

Vanuatu: Early reports suggest vast majority of crops destroyed
Vanuatu, 21 Mar 2015 -- 20 March 2015, Rome -- Strong winds, heavy rains and floods resulting from Tropical Cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture throughout Vanuatu, including the main food and export crops, livestock, and fisheries infrastructure, FAO said today. According to initial rapid assessments that the Vanuatu government led in four provinces, the banana crop throughout the country has been almost entirely destroyed, as havemost coconuts and all of the inland cabbage [more...]

Fighting illegal fishing in Tonga
Tonga, 20 Mar 2015 -- Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to threaten effective conservation and management of fish stocks in the wider Pacific Region. IUU fishing is causing economic and social losses for the Pacific Countries and negatively impacts their food security and livelihoods. FAO, Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Tongan Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFFF) are working together to implement the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures [more...]

Training in organic farming and food production for farmers in Samoa
Savai'i, Samoa, 19 Mar 2015 -- FAO is cooperating with a local non-government organization to promote and up-scale organic farming and food production for farming communities with protected areas in Savaii, Samoa. Women in Business Development (WIBDI) is an NGO that helps rural families develop sustainable businesses which will make the most of their farm-based resources. Villages recently decided to conserve the cloud forests by establishing Community Conservation Areas in the highlands of Savaii. In order to improve [more...]

Publication: 2014 Rapid Biodiversity Assessment, Socioeconomic Study and Archaeological Survey of the Greater Delaikoro Area
Fiji, 19 Mar 2015 -- FAO provides technical assistance towards improved management of conservation and protected areas in Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and Niue. In Fiji, the Greater Delaikoro Area is an upland region spanning the main mountain range of Vanua Levu, encompassing Mt Sorolevu (1,032m) Mt Delaikoro (928m), and the Waisali Reserve. This region is under consideration as a Protected Area. The 2014 Rapid Biodiversity Assessment, Socioeconomic Study and Archaeological Survey of the Greater Delaikoro Area is [more...]

Gearing up for International Day of Forests
19 Mar 2015 -- Forests and trees sustain and protect us in invaluable ways. They provide the clean air that we breathe and the water that we drink. They host and safeguard the planet’s biodiversity and act as our natural defence against climate change. First observed in 2013, the International Day of Forests (IDF) provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests. The theme [more...]

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