Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


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...]

Small Scale Fisheries Guidelines to help in the Pacific
Noumea, New Caledonia, 13 Mar 2015 -- FAO presented Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) at the Ninth Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Heads of Fisheries Meeting recently in Noumea, New Caledonia. Chief of FAO’s Development Law Service, Mr. Blaise Kuemlangan, highlighted the merits of the SSF Guidelines, referring to it as “the first international instrument that is dedicated entirely to the immensely important – but until now often neglected – small scale [more...]

FAO funding livestock surveillance project
Vanuatu, 27 Feb 2015 -- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will fund an animal surveillance project for Vanuatu. The FAO Vanuatu Animal Disease Surveillance Project will last for four months and will cost $US100,000 or approximately Vt10 million. FAO is working in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to bring our global expertise to the Pacific and to harness locally relevant skills and experience from SPC as the key [more...]

Working in partnership for food and nutrition security in the Pacific
Samoa, 27 Feb 2015 -- The Regional Expert Roundtable on Climate Services for Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security was held recently in Apia, Samoa. The meeting was a partnership between FAO, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). A range of experts gathered from the agricultural, climate change and weather sectors to discuss how [more...]

Investing in Cook Islands agriculture
Cook Islands, 27 Feb 2015 -- The shortage of agricultural land and high cost of agricultural labour located near major domestic markets can hinder the competitiveness of the agriculture sector in the Pacific Region. Changing to knowledge, land and labour-saving approaches to farming and agro-industry development requires capital investments and adopting new technologies, equipment and infrastructure. In the Cook Islands, FAO has entered into an agreement to provide funding support for local agriculture with the Cook Islands Chamber [more...]

Reducing post harvest loss and food safety risk in Samoa
Samoa, 27 Feb 2015 -- Samoa has a big problem with postharvest waste. But how big a problem? What are the key causes? Are some crops, production and postharvest practices more vulnerable to high wastage and why? These questions and others were discussed at a public forum which was held ren postharvest cently at the University of the South Pacific in Samoa. At the forum, farmers and key stakeholders were briefed ohorticultural supply chain research which [more...]

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