Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands

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Nature Conservation project in Fiji bears results
Fiji, 23 Dec 2014 -- Forests and trees are essential for sustainable food production systems, both on farms and in the wider landscape. However, forested ecosystems continue to suffer due to overexploitation mainly for timber, firewood, slash and burn agriculture, fires and other unsustainable land-uses. Expanding and consolidating protected areas is crucial to conserve threatened plant and animal life and to reduce land degradation. The Forestry and Protected Area Management (FPAM) project is funded by the [more...]

Regulators from the region meet to discuss new food standards
Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, 23 Dec 2014 -- Regulators from the region meet to discuss new food standards Delegates from around the region recently gathered at the FAO/WHO Codex Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific (CCNASWP) in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea from 23 -26 September 2014. Codex Alimentarius (Latin for food code) is a collection of food standards, guidelines and codes of practice aiming at protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in food [more...]

FAO launches International Year of Soils 2015
23 Dec 2014 -- The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. The year launched on World Soil Day with events in Rome, New York and Santiago de Chile, in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource. Director-General José Graziano da Silva describes soil as a "silent ally" and said not enough attention is being paid to this important resource. Healthy soils are not only the foundation [more...]

Strengthening Capacity for Nauru Household Integrated Agro-forestry and Food Crops Production
Nauru, 15 Dec 2014 -- Like other countries in the Pacific, Nauru deals with debilitating health issues. In fact, Nauru has the highest rates of nutrition-related diseases in the world and a declining life expectancy with type-2 diabetes affecting over 40 percent of the population. Heavy dependence on imported food has resulted in Nauruans moving away from healthier traditional foods. The Government of Nauru has identified the need to promote local food production in order [more...]

World Soil Day - Where food begins
Samoa, 05 Dec 2014 -- More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils is needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources. Soil is a critical natural resource yet until recently it has been largely overlooked and widely degraded. In December 2013, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared December 5 as World Soil Day. This day celebrates the [more...]

Long serving FAO Technical Officer retires
Samoa, 25 Nov 2014 -- Masanami Izumi is retiring after 20 years of service for FAO. Mr Izumi spent almost 17 years of his time in Samoa as Technical Officer responsible for Fisheries and Aquaculture. A farewell was held for Mr Izumi to acknowledge his long service to Samoa and the Pacific region. FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator, Mr Gavin Wall said the organisation is very fortunate to have long serving staff. “Staff committed to the organisation genuinely [more...]

Changing the economic prospects for farmers
Samoa, 25 Nov 2014 -- It is not uncommon for the realities of development programmes and projects to drift from the vision of development that justified them in the first place. This is the everyday truth in many countries and not just the Pacific; however, there is less latitude for error when dealing with small economies and so it becomes more important that this does not occur in the Pacific. The opening paragraph of the Samoa [more...]

New blood and organics being encouraged
Cook Islands, 25 Nov 2014 -- Encouraging more part-time growers to complement the present small number of commercial growers in the Cook Islands is being advocated as one of the ways ahead for agricultural development. Getting young people involved and working towards an organic industry producing healthy food for the local market and the tourist sector are all part of the way ahead, according to the FAO team that visited Rarotonga to study the local ‘farming sector’. [more...]

FAO Helps Kiribati Create New Timber Resource And Economic Opportunities
Kiribati, 25 Nov 2014 -- The coconut palm is the ‘tree of life’ for people of the Pacific Islands. In Kiribati, coconut trees play an important role in providing food, building materials, health supplements and protection of fragile coastal areas against the impacts of extreme climatic and natural processes that small atoll island countries frequently face. The Government of Kiribati recognizes the multiple benefits provided by the “tree of life” and is committed to protect [more...]

Leaders to discuss today’s major nutrition challenges
07 Nov 2014 -- Issues on nutrition will be the focus of high level discussions at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), an inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in November in Rome. 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 [more...]

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