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Publication: Success Factors in Aquaculture Enterprises in the Pacific
Kiribati, Palau, Vanuatu, and Marshall Islands, 30 Jan 2015 -- Promoting responsible and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture is central to FAO’s work because it ensures environmental as well as economic well-being. The FAO case study called Success Factors in Aquaculture Enterprises in the Pacific outlines aquaculture enterprises in Kiribati, Palau, Vanuatu, and Marshall Islands. The case studies provide lessons for regional issues and aspirations for aquaculture development. The case studies demonstrate business models and government interventions that provide economic incentives to farmers [more...]

Here to help develop Agribusiness in the Pacific
Samoa, 30 Jan 2015 -- Shukrullah Sherzad joined the team at FAO-SAP as Agribusiness Junior Professional Officer in October 2014. A national from Afghanistan, Mr Sherzad intends to use his technical skills and experience in agribusiness and food science to help support development of agribusiness in the Pacific region. “The agribusiness sector, which comprises the business activities performed from farm to fork, is an important generator of employment and income worldwide.” Said Mr Sherzard. “Agribusiness and agro-industries [more...]

Learning to Cope with Climate Change and Natural Disasters
Vanuatu, 30 Jan 2015 -- Adapting to climate change is key to achieving food security for the future, particularly in areas susceptible to the impacts of climate change. A project called Community resilience and coping with climate change and natural disasters in Vanuatu was launched in 2011 with the aim to assist farmers to use alternative farming methods to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters. Under the guidance of FAO officers, selected farmers [more...]

Publication: Establishment of Bay Homo Community Conservation Area South Pentecost, Vanuatu
Vanuatu, 30 Jan 2015 -- FAO is assisting the Government of Vanuatu and the land owners and communities of South Pentecost with the establishment of a Community Conservation Area. South Pentecost is famous for its cultural land dive activities, which is said to be the forerunner to bungy jumping. The land dive is a unique selling point to attract tourists. However, the commercialization of land diving has led to debates around the cultural activity losing [more...]

Visiting students learn about food systems in Samoa
Samoa, 27 Jan 2015 -- College students from the United States visited the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Sub-regional office to learn about food systems and the role of FAO in Samoa. The students who are majoring in economics are from Linfield College, Oregon in the USA. FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific, Mr Gavin Wall commented on long-term commitment to mainstreaming food security and nutrition. “Achieving food security for all is [more...]

Nature Conservation project in Fiji bears results
Fiji, 23 Dec 2014 -- Forests and trees are essential for sustainable food production systems, both on farms and in the wider landscape. However, forested ecosystems continue to suffer due to overexploitation mainly for timber, firewood, slash and burn agriculture, fires and other unsustainable land-uses. Expanding and consolidating protected areas is crucial to conserve threatened plant and animal life and to reduce land degradation. The Forestry and Protected Area Management (FPAM) project is funded by the [more...]

Regulators from the region meet to discuss new food standards
Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, 23 Dec 2014 -- Regulators from the region meet to discuss new food standards Delegates from around the region recently gathered at the FAO/WHO Codex Coordinating Committee for North America and the South West Pacific (CCNASWP) in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea from 23 -26 September 2014. Codex Alimentarius (Latin for food code) is a collection of food standards, guidelines and codes of practice aiming at protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in food [more...]

FAO launches International Year of Soils 2015
23 Dec 2014 -- The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. The year launched on World Soil Day with events in Rome, New York and Santiago de Chile, in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource. Director-General José Graziano da Silva describes soil as a "silent ally" and said not enough attention is being paid to this important resource. Healthy soils are not only the foundation [more...]

Strengthening Capacity for Nauru Household Integrated Agro-forestry and Food Crops Production
Nauru, 15 Dec 2014 -- Like other countries in the Pacific, Nauru deals with debilitating health issues. In fact, Nauru has the highest rates of nutrition-related diseases in the world and a declining life expectancy with type-2 diabetes affecting over 40 percent of the population. Heavy dependence on imported food has resulted in Nauruans moving away from healthier traditional foods. The Government of Nauru has identified the need to promote local food production in order [more...]

World Soil Day - Where food begins
Samoa, 05 Dec 2014 -- More attention to the health and management of the planet's soils is needed to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population while coping with climate change and increased scarcity of natural resources. Soil is a critical natural resource yet until recently it has been largely overlooked and widely degraded. In December 2013, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared December 5 as World Soil Day. This day celebrates the [more...]

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