Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


Progress made to establish conservation area in Vanuatu
Vanuatu, 30 Jun 2015 -- FAO is assisting the Government of Vanuatu and the land owners and communities of South Pentecost with the establishment of a Community Conservation Area. South Pentecost is internationally known for its unique cultural activity – the famous land-dive, which is said to be the forerunner to bungy jumping.  The land dive is a unique selling point to attract tourists. However, the commercialization of land diving has led to debates around the [more...]

Publication: Post-harvest losses along value and supply chains in the Pacific Island Countries
Samoa, 30 Jun 2015 -- Reducing post-harvest food (PHL) losses remains a  critical component to ensure future global food security. But how much food is lost? According to FAO estimates, annual food losses are around 1.3 billion tonnes globally. The concept of food losses is defined differently, in developed countries food losses arise at the consumer stage with food which is processed and ready to eat while in developing countries food losses occur at the [more...]

New Opportunities for Forest Products
Niue, 30 Jun 2015 -- FAO is assisting the Government of Niue by providing technical assistance towards improved management of its conservation and protected areas. Development of eco-cultural tourism is a component of the GEF “Forestry and protected area management” project  in Niue. The eco-tourism component for Niue is implemented by the Niue Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Department for Tourism. Consultation with local stakeholders to identify potentially viable eco-cultural tourism opportunities and conducting market [more...]

Publication: Challenges and opportunities to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Pacific Island Countries
30 Jun 2015 -- Agriculture in the Pacific Island Countries is largely dependent on smallholder family farms that often have access to less than two hectares of land. Labour for these farms often depend on household members.  The challenges of poor economic geography, including small market size and large distances between local and export markets, costly marketing infrastructure, and lack of domestic value-adding opportunities have reduced the competiveness of these farmers.  In spite of these challenges, [more...]

Contract farming: Bringing farmers and buyers together
Samoa, 25 Jun 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...]

Director-General hails “historic” participation by all Pacific island states in FAO Conference
Rome, 10 Jun 2015 -- FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva praised the first ever participation by representatives from all 13 Pacific island countries at a meeting of FAO’s governing Conference. “I would like to convey my gratitude for this historic participation, which is a clear demonstration of the engagement of your countries in the work of FAO,” Graziano da Silva said. He made the remarks during a meeting with the heads of delegation from the 13 [more...]

FAO and Fiji boost joint efforts to promote food and nutrition security and to respond to climate change
Rome, 08 Jun 2015 -- 6 June 2015, Rome - An agreement signed today between the Government of Fiji and FAO upgrades the Organization’s Representation in the Republic of Fiji and will serve to strengthen joint efforts to enhance food security and to tackle climate change. “This agreement means a lot to Fiji,” said Fiji’s Prime Minister, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama. “We are very excited about the FAO move, not only to the region, but to [more...]

Serious threat to the Pacific - FAO Director-General, Jose Graziano da Silva
Papua New Guinea, 28 May 2015 -- The whole planet is being affected by its devastating impacts. Shifts in rainfall patterns, rising sea levels and sea surface temperatures have had disastrous effects on rural production, food security and livelihoods, especially among developing countries. Dr da Silva told the 11th FAO Southwest Pacific Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Port Moresby that this problem has existed for several decades, but unfortunately it has been neglected for many years by the international [more...]

Agriculture must be smart
Papua New Guinea, 28 May 2015 -- Agriculture has to be climate, environmentally and economically ‘smart’ now and for the future – there is no other option for sustainable livelihoods in the Pacific. This was the message delivered to the 11th FAO Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture meeting. Dr Andrew McGregor, managing director of agribusiness consulting firm, Koko Siga, in Fiji, made a presentation on the vulnerability of Pacific agriculture and forestry to climate change. McGregor informed the meeting [more...]

Vanuatu to host first ever Week of Agriculture in the Pacific
Papua New Guinea, 28 May 2015 -- THE 11th FAO Southwest Pacific Agriculture Ministers Meeting has agreed on a proposal to host the Pacific Week of Agriculture. This is a major agricultural event similar to the Caribbean Week of Agriculture. The proposal was presented to the meeting by Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) , FAO and the Secretariat of Pacific Community. This event will facilitate closer collaboration, coordination and networking in the agricultural sector in the [more...]

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