Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


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...]

Publication: Success Factors in Aquaculture Enterprises in the Pacific
Kiribati, Palau, Vanuatu, and Marshall Islands, 30 Jan 2015 -- Promoting responsible and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture is central to FAO’s work because it ensures environmental as well as economic well-being. The FAO case study called Success Factors in Aquaculture Enterprises in the Pacific outlines aquaculture enterprises in Kiribati, Palau, Vanuatu, and Marshall Islands. The case studies provide lessons for regional issues and aspirations for aquaculture development. The case studies demonstrate business models and government interventions that provide economic incentives to farmers [more...]

Here to help develop Agribusiness in the Pacific
Samoa, 30 Jan 2015 -- Shukrullah Sherzad joined the team at FAO-SAP as Agribusiness Junior Professional Officer in October 2014. A national from Afghanistan, Mr Sherzad intends to use his technical skills and experience in agribusiness and food science to help support development of agribusiness in the Pacific region. “The agribusiness sector, which comprises the business activities performed from farm to fork, is an important generator of employment and income worldwide.” Said Mr Sherzard. “Agribusiness and agro-industries [more...]

Learning to Cope with Climate Change and Natural Disasters
Vanuatu, 30 Jan 2015 -- Adapting to climate change is key to achieving food security for the future, particularly in areas susceptible to the impacts of climate change. A project called Community resilience and coping with climate change and natural disasters in Vanuatu was launched in 2011 with the aim to assist farmers to use alternative farming methods to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Under the guidance of FAO officers, selected farmers [more...]

Publication: Establishment of Bay Homo Community Conservation Area South Pentecost, Vanuatu
Vanuatu, 30 Jan 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 famous for its cultural land dive activities, 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 cultural activity losing [more...]

Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa
Samoa, 27 Jan 2015 -- College students from the United States visited the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sub-regional office to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa. The students who are majoring in economics are from Linfield College, Oregon in the USA. FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific, Mr Gavin Wall commented on long-term commitment to mainstreaming food security and nutrition. “Achieving food security for all is [more...]

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