Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


11 Nov 2012 -- The Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Apia, Samoa, has appointed Ms. Ramona Stephanie Sulifoa as Programme Assistant for the FAO Office in Apia. Prior to joining FAO, Ms Sulifoa has worked in the Quarantine area and later became the Information and Networking Manager for USP-IRETA based in Samoa.  She then went on to be the Head of the [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...]

10 Oct 2012 -- FAO helping officials and stakeholders acquire tools to manage aquaculture industry that holds both economic promise and threats to the environment Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 October 2012 – With the Kingdom of Tonga’s  aquaculture industry presenting new challenges to its environment, government officials and other stakeholders are gathering in Nuku'alofa this week to acquire the latest tools to conduct aquatic biosecurity risk assessments at a workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture [more...]

Apia, Samoa, , 28 Sep 2012 -- With aquaculture emerging as an important component of global food security, ensuring that the rapid growth of the fish-farming industry does not damage the biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean will be the goal of representatives from 21 countries and territories meeting in Fiji this coming week at a workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Aquaculture has [more...]

23 Sep 2012 -- Samoa has become the first country to put the new software Solutions for Open Land Administration (SOLA) into operation. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) developed the open source software to make computerised cadastre mapping and registration systems more affordable and sustainable for developing countries. A cadastral map is a comprehensive register of a country's real property. It commonly includes details like land ownership, tenure, precise location, dimensions and area [more...]

Pacific Island Countries benefit from broad international project, Better environmental and forestry protection leads to sustainable jobs.
20 Sep 2012 -- The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and FAO have teamed up on a unique regional Pacific Island forestry project dubbed Forestry and Protected Areas Management (GEFPAS-FPAM) in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Niue. The project was launched at an inception workshop in Nadi, Fiji in July 2012 and is expected to enhance the livelihoods of island communities, strengthen biodiversity conservation and reduce forest and land degradation.  Rudolf Hahn an experienced forester is the [more...]

04 Sep 2012 --  We would like to draw your attention to the first-ever World Food Day International Poster Design Competition for children and young people. Contest rules and instructions – in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Italian – are published at Young people from around the world, aged 5 to 17 are invited to enter their work in the competition. Deadline for submissions is 30 September 2012.  With the help of [more...]

27 Aug 2012 --  Wellington, New Zealand, 3 September 2012 - The 15th Annual Round-Table Meeting (RTM) on Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development for Pacific Island Countries (PICs) opened here today at Kingsgate Hotel organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help the islands increase their share of the growing regional and international trade in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry goods. The RTM will host a discussion about trade development initiatives and consider [more...]

04 Apr 2012 -- I am pleased to inform you that the World Food Day Theme for 2012 is "Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world,” which has been chosen to highlight the role of cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger.   We are informing you of the official theme now so that you can share it with your local stakeholders and partners with a view to providing them [more...]

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