Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


 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...]

Director-General reinforces FAO commitments with the islands
Apia, Samoa, 04 Sep 2014 -- Food security, small-scale fisheries and nutrition were the main topics of talks FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva has reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to address food and nutritional insecurity and sustainable livelihood programs in the Small Islands Developing States, in a series of high-level bilateral meetings with the islands’ leaders in the margins of the SIDS Conference, held in Apia, Samoa.   The Director-General has also stressed high level of food imports [more...]

Interest high at FAO side-events at SIDS 2014
Apia, Samoa, 04 Sep 2014 -- FAO in partnership with multi-stakeholders hosted two side-events at the SIDS Conference 2014, which was recently held in Apia, Samoa. The side events respectively focussed on fostering ocean economies and food security in small island developing states. The Blue Growth/ Blue Economy initiative aims to promote the sustainable use and conservation of aquatic renewable resources, in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible way. Oceans provide a substantial portion of the global [more...]

Pacific governments plan a better future from aquaculture
25 Oct 2012 -- Monday 15 October 2012, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea – ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is the main message emerging from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/SPC Regional Workshop on Aquatic Biosecurity and Aquaculture Data and Statistics in the Pacific Region held in Nadi, Fiji, last week. Representatives from the fisheries and the quarantine departments of 21 Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) met with experts from FAO and [more...]

16 Oct 2012 -- The theme of this year’s World Food Day is Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world .This theme was chosen to highlight the many, concrete ways in which agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations help to provide food security, generate employment, and lift people out of poverty. For FAO and its partners, agricultural cooperatives are natural allies in the fight against hunger and extreme poverty. Their importance has also been acknowledged [more...]

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...]

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