Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


09 Dec 2011 -- More people will soon be using the power of the sun to dry their food.This follows a workshop on 24-25 November by the Food and Agriculture Organisation at their office in Apia.The sessions by Bruce Russell and Dirk Schulz from FAO covered the mechanics of solar drying; types of dryers, design, operation and food safety.The participants built a ‘mini’ dryer as a practical exercise and also visited four solar dryers [more...]

14 Nov 2011 -- Pacific Island countries are being urged to place a higher priority on their trees and forests.The value of trees is often measured when they are used as timber, firewood, food or herbal medicines. However, trees are just as important when left to grow. There is greater recognition now of the way forests may help communities to adapt to climate change. This makes it more urgent to reduce the current rates of [more...]

Tsunami Affected Fishermen and Farmers in Samoa Receive Assistance from FAO
01 Jul 2011 -- (1 July 2011, FAOSAP, Apia) – The official handover of agricultural and fisheries equipment by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) took place  at the Fisheries Compound in Apia. The agricultural and fisheries inputs are part of a Tsunami Emergency Assistance Project initiated by FAO in response to a request from the Government of Samoa after the devastating [more...]

27 May 2011 -- Friday 27th May 2011, Apia - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) together with the Governments of Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and Niue, have launched a four year (2011-2015) project to strengthen the management of Forestry and Protected Areas. The total estimated budget for the project is USD$18m, of which USD$6.3m is direct contribution from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and USD$11.7m is co-financing contributions from implementing governments and other [more...]

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