Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


10 Oct 2012 -- FAO helping officials and stakeholders acquire tools to manage aquaculture industry that holds both economic promise and threats to the environment Nuku'alofa, Tonga, 10 October 2012 – With the Kingdom of Tonga’s  aquaculture industry presenting new challenges to its environment, government officials and other stakeholders are gathering in Nuku'alofa this week to acquire the latest tools to conduct aquatic biosecurity risk assessments at a workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture [more...]

Apia, Samoa, , 28 Sep 2012 -- With aquaculture emerging as an important component of global food security, ensuring that the rapid growth of the fish-farming industry does not damage the biodiversity of the Pacific Ocean will be the goal of representatives from 21 countries and territories meeting in Fiji this coming week at a workshop organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Aquaculture has [more...]

23 Sep 2012 -- Samoa has become the first country to put the new software Solutions for Open Land Administration (SOLA) into operation. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) developed the open source software to make computerised cadastre mapping and registration systems more affordable and sustainable for developing countries. A cadastral map is a comprehensive register of a country's real property. It commonly includes details like land ownership, tenure, precise location, dimensions and area [more...]

Pacific Island Countries benefit from broad international project, Better environmental and forestry protection leads to sustainable jobs.
20 Sep 2012 -- The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and FAO have teamed up on a unique regional Pacific Island forestry project dubbed Forestry and Protected Areas Management (GEFPAS-FPAM) in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Niue. The project was launched at an inception workshop in Nadi, Fiji in July 2012 and is expected to enhance the livelihoods of island communities, strengthen biodiversity conservation and reduce forest and land degradation.  Rudolf Hahn an experienced forester is the [more...]

04 Sep 2012 --  We would like to draw your attention to the first-ever World Food Day International Poster Design Competition for children and young people. Contest rules and instructions – in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Italian – are published at Young people from around the world, aged 5 to 17 are invited to enter their work in the competition. Deadline for submissions is 30 September 2012.  With the help of [more...]

27 Aug 2012 --  Wellington, New Zealand, 3 September 2012 - The 15th Annual Round-Table Meeting (RTM) on Agricultural Trade and Sustainable Development for Pacific Island Countries (PICs) opened here today at Kingsgate Hotel organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help the islands increase their share of the growing regional and international trade in agriculture, fisheries, and forestry goods. The RTM will host a discussion about trade development initiatives and consider [more...]

04 Apr 2012 -- I am pleased to inform you that the World Food Day Theme for 2012 is "Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world,” which has been chosen to highlight the role of cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger.   We are informing you of the official theme now so that you can share it with your local stakeholders and partners with a view to providing them [more...]

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...]

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