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World Food Day 2014 Message
Salelologa Markets, Savai'i, Samoa, 16 Oct 2014 -- Pastor Joe Amosa,Honourable Minister of AgricultureHonourable Ministers and the Ambassador of Japan who have graced this event with their presenceDistinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,  Thank you very much for inviting me to speak at this celebration. It is a pleasure for me to be here and to be in Savaii for the opening of the Agriculture & Fisheries Show, MAF Open Day and to commemorate World Food Day. In recognition of the importance [more...]

Fiji rice production project aims to increase local supply
14 Oct 2014 -- Rice along with root crops is now a staple food for all Fijians, with an annual per capita consumption of 75 kg. Fijis heavy reliance on imported rice is estimated at FJD 40 million (US$ 21.14 million) annually for approximately 50,000 tonnes of rice. Rice has been cultivated for many decades in Fiji with mixed results. During the early eighties, two thirds of the national demand for rice was fulfilled by [more...]

Leaders to discuss today’s major nutrition challenges
14 Oct 2014 -- The prevalence of undernourishment remains unacceptably high – over 800 million people, according to FAO estimates. Child and maternal malnutrition remain the leading nutrition-related health burdens in the world. At the same time, the global prevalence of obesity has risen across all regions— it is estimated that obesity currently affects around half a billion adults These issues among others will be the focus of high level discussions at the Second [more...]

14 Oct 2014 -- FAO is investing over US$350,000 into a two year technical assistance project to improve agriculture sector information and statistics for Samoa. Working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and the Samoa Bureau of Statistics (SBS), the project will assist in the development of sustainable capacity for the analysis of agriculture sector trends. "By building the capacity of MAF and SBS in this area, it can inform and improve evidence-based [more...]

New food processing facility brings benefits to Niue
Niue, 02 Oct 2014 -- A newly established food processing facility in Niue will benefit farmers and support the livelihoods of many on the small island. Niue has a large trade deficit and food imports make-up a significant part of the import bill. The Government of Niue has long recognized the need to add value to agricultural produce as a way to reduce the trade deficit and encourage private sector-led agribusiness development that will create [more...]

 FAO talks climate change at Samoa College
Apia, Samoa, 01 Oct 2014 -- A representative from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations spoke to students at Samoa College earlier this week about climate change and what it means for Small Island Developing States.  The geography students from Year 13 are studying climate change and its implications as part of their curriculum. Apia Program Associate for the FAO Sub-Regional Office, Mr. Richard Crichton spoke on the work of FAO  and addressed [more...]

Director-General reinforces FAO commitments with the islands
Apia, Samoa, 04 Sep 2014 -- Food security, small-scale fisheries and nutrition were the main topics of talks FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva has reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to address food and nutritional insecurity and sustainable livelihood programs in the Small Islands Developing States, in a series of high-level bilateral meetings with the islands’ leaders in the margins of the SIDS Conference, held in Apia, Samoa.   The Director-General has also stressed high level of food imports [more...]

Interest high at FAO side-events at SIDS 2014
Apia, Samoa, 04 Sep 2014 -- FAO in partnership with multi-stakeholders hosted two side-events at the SIDS Conference 2014, which was recently held in Apia, Samoa. The side events respectively focussed on fostering ocean economies and food security in small island developing states. The Blue Growth/ Blue Economy initiative aims to promote the sustainable use and conservation of aquatic renewable resources, in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible way. Oceans provide a substantial portion of the global [more...]

Pacific governments plan a better future from aquaculture
25 Oct 2012 -- Monday 15 October 2012, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea – ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is the main message emerging from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/SPC Regional Workshop on Aquatic Biosecurity and Aquaculture Data and Statistics in the Pacific Region held in Nadi, Fiji, last week. Representatives from the fisheries and the quarantine departments of 21 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) met with experts from FAO and [more...]

16 Oct 2012 -- The theme of this year’s World Food Day is Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world .This theme was chosen to highlight the many, concrete ways in which agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations help to provide food security, generate employment, and lift people out of poverty. For FAO and its partners, agricultural cooperatives are natural allies in the fight against hunger and extreme poverty. Their importance has also been acknowledged [more...]

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