Small Island Developing States

 Activities and Resources by Region





28 February 2014, Rome - A new educational partnership will soon be putting knowledge into the hands of thousands of professionals working in food security and nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. Individuals and institutions will be able to gain access to a broad suite of online courses to develop their capacity to improve policies and programmes.

21 February 2014, Bergen/Rome – The booming world fish trade is generating more wealth than ever before, but countries must help small-scale fishers and fish farmers benefit too, FAO said today.

11 February 2014, Kochi, India/Rome - An international effort has been launched to develop quality standards for key products of the multi-billion dollar spice and herb trade.

6 February 2014, Rome - The FAO Food Price Index fell in January for the first time in 3 months as lower prices of cereals, sugars, oils and meat outstripped gains in dairy values.

5 February 2014, Washington/Rome - Aquaculture — or fish farming — will provide close to two thirds of global food fish consumption by 2030 as catches from wild capture fisheries level off and demand from an emerging global middle class, especially in China, substantially increases.

From the Field

Livestock Family Farming in the Caribbean - The Jamaican experience with meat goat production. The 2-year project implemented by FAO and funded by the EU had the overall objective of reducing pest practices and innovation in husbandry, breeding, housing, and nutrition of goats to reduce poverty and enhance food security for vulnerable groups through the improved availability of safe, affordable, and nutritious food for the rural population and urban poor. The project focused on a market-driven strategy for increased small ruminant production in family farms.

Sustainable Management of Tuna Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction - This project seeks to achieve sustainable and efficient tuna fisheries production and biodiversity conservation with an ecosystem approach. The project is implemented with the collaboration of GEF, the World Bank and UNEP among other partners.


Did you know?

  • In Samoa and Fiji, coconut trees and their products account for 30% of GDP and the majority of small-scale farmers are dependent on coconuts for their livelihoods
  • In the Caribbean and Pacific islands, more than 50% of the population lives within 1.5 km of the coast. Climate change and sea level rise constitute pressing challenges for sustainable development
  • Timor-Leste is the 1st country in Asia-Pacific to join the Zero-hunger Challenge