Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


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...]

World Food Day 2014 Message
Salelologa Markets, Savai'i, Samoa, 16 Oct 2014 -- Pastor Joe Amosa,Honourable Minister of AgricultureHonourable Ministers and the Ambassador of Japan who have graced this event with their presenceDistinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,  Thank you very much for inviting me to speak at this celebration. It is a pleasure for me to be here and to be in Savaii for the opening of the Agriculture & Fisheries Show, MAF Open Day and to commemorate World Food Day. In recognition of the importance [more...]

Fiji rice production project aims to increase local supply
14 Oct 2014 -- Rice along with root crops is now a staple food for all Fijians, with an annual per capita consumption of 75 kg. Fijis heavy reliance on imported rice is estimated at FJD 40 million (US$ 21.14 million) annually for approximately 50,000 tonnes of rice. Rice has been cultivated for many decades in Fiji with mixed results. During the early eighties, two thirds of the national demand for rice was fulfilled by [more...]

14 Oct 2014 -- FAO is investing over US$350,000 into a two year technical assistance project to improve agriculture sector information and statistics for Samoa. Working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and the Samoa Bureau of Statistics (SBS), the project will assist in the development of sustainable capacity for the analysis of agriculture sector trends. "By building the capacity of MAF and SBS in this area, it can inform and improve evidence-based [more...]

New food processing facility brings benefits to Niue
Niue, 02 Oct 2014 -- A newly established food processing facility in Niue will benefit farmers and support the livelihoods of many on the small island. Niue has a large trade deficit and food imports make-up a significant part of the import bill. The Government of Niue has long recognized the need to add value to agricultural produce as a way to reduce the trade deficit and encourage private sector-led agribusiness development that will create [more...]

 FAO talks climate change at Samoa College
Apia, Samoa, 01 Oct 2014 -- A representative from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations spoke to students at Samoa College earlier this week about climate change and what it means for Small Island Developing States.  The geography students from Year 13 are studying climate change and its implications as part of their curriculum. Apia Program Associate for the FAO Sub-Regional Office, Mr. Richard Crichton spoke on the work of FAO  and addressed [more...]

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