Small Island Developing States


14 April 2014, Rome – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is warning countries to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of one of the world’s most destructive banana diseases, Fusarium wilt, which recently spread from Asia to Africa and the Middle East, and which has the potential to affect countries in Latin America.

8 April 2014, Santiago de Chile - A new FAO report finds that urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) is widespread in Latin America and the Caribbean, but realizing its full potential requires increased support from national, state and local governments.

8 April 2014, Manila, Philippines - Small scale coconut farmers in the Philippines will soon receive assistance to restore their livelihoods severely affected by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said today.

4 April 2014, Rome - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) unveiled today the results of their joint work to develop targets and indicators for a new global development paradigm for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition.

3 April 2014, Rome - The FAO Food Price Index rose sharply in March, up 4.8 points, or 2.3 percent, to an average of 212.8, the highest level since May 2013.

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