Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands


FAO representation for the Solomon Islands
28 May 2015 -- FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva and Solomon Islands Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Augustine Maeue signed an agreement to establish FAO representation for the Solomon Islands.  The agreement was signed at the 11th FAO South West Pacific Ministers of Agriculture Meeting. Assistance in Solomon Islands has focused on building the evidence base for policy-makers and supporting local food production. FAO is working in partnership with stakeholders in the Pacific to [more...]

Papua New Guinea Minister thanks FAO
28 May 2015 -- The Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Assik Tommy Tomscoll, has expressed his gratitude to FAO for its support to the Pacific region. Minister Tomscoll also acknowledged the presence of the ministers from the Southwest Pacific region who participated at the 11th FAO Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture meeting. Minister Tomscoll thanked the FAO Director-General, Dr Jose Graziano da Silva, for his efforts in giving special consideration to the needs of the [more...]

Seeking new ways to address climate change and other pressing issues facing the Pacific
Papua New Guinea, 13 May 2015 -- The Eleventh Meeting of Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture under the theme “Climate Smart Agriculture” began today with Papua New Guinea Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva highlighting some of the pressing issues affecting the countries in the region. “I believe that the theme Climate Smart Agriculture is timely in view of the fact that the Pacific region is highly vulnerable to adverse climatic conditions [more...]

Contract farming: Bringing farmers and buyers together
Samoa, 04 May 2015 -- The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc and the FAO are joining forces to promote contract farming as a means to coordinate links between farmers and agribusiness firms. In simple terms, contract farming is an agreement which establishes conditions between a buyer and farmers for the production and marketing of a farm product or products. Under contract farming, producers typically commit to the future delivery of farm products to a buyer [more...]

Vanuatu: Rebuilding lives and livelihoods after Cyclone Pam
Vanuatu, 28 Apr 2015 -- On 13 March, Tropical Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to agriculture in Vanuatu’s six provinces posing immediate and long-term threats to food security. The government of Vanuatu through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity requested FAO assistance in responding to  agriculture. In response, FAO has begun providing assistance to over 10,000 cyclone-affected farming households in Vanuatu and has secured 600 kg of vegetable seeds from international suppliers. The [more...]

Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture meet in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, 28 Apr 2015 -- The Government of Papua New Guinea and FAO will host the Eleventh Meeting of Southwest Pacific Ministers of Agriculture at Port Moresby, PNG. Progress on the development of agriculture, forestry and fisheries within the FAO Pacific member states will be discussed and recommendations will be presented Ministers and representatives in attendance. The decisions by the Ministers will then help guide activities in these sectors by FAO, the member countries, and [more...]

International Day of Forests commemorated in the Pacific
Samoa, 28 Apr 2015 -- Celebrating the International Day of Forests (IDF) is gaining momentum in the Pacific. The theme this year, Forests and Climate Change was chosen to highlight the ways in which forests and climate change are linked, and to rally global support for greater action and change. Some countries used variations of the global theme. Fiji commemorated IDF under its national theme, Healthy Forests, Resilient Communities. IDF was preceded by a weeklong awareness [more...]

Soils 4 Life: Photo Competition on Instagram
28 Apr 2015 -- FAO has launched a photo contest #soils4life on Instagram as part of the commemoration of the International Year of Soils 2015.  The contest invites followers to share photos related to soils, their potential, their functions, but also instances of exploitation or abuse to help draw attention to the numerous issues concerning this valuable resource. The contest will run from 1 April until 17 May 2015. All photos posted during this time with [more...]

Vanuatu: Early reports suggest vast majority of crops destroyed
Vanuatu, 21 Mar 2015 -- 20 March 2015, Rome -- Strong winds, heavy rains and floods resulting from Tropical Cyclone Pam have caused extensive damage to agriculture throughout Vanuatu, including the main food and export crops, livestock, and fisheries infrastructure, FAO said today. According to initial rapid assessments that the Vanuatu government led in four provinces, the banana crop throughout the country has been almost entirely destroyed, as havemost coconuts and all of the inland cabbage [more...]

Fighting illegal fishing in Tonga
Tonga, 20 Mar 2015 -- Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to threaten effective conservation and management of fish stocks in the wider Pacific Region. IUU fishing is causing economic and social losses for the Pacific Countries and negatively impacts their food security and livelihoods. FAO, Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Tongan Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFFF) are working together to implement the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures [more...]

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