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Floating cages, hidden treasures: smart fish farming in Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau, a West African nation, boasts 88 islands and several national parks. Settled in what looks like a botanical wonderland, the majority of the population – 80 percent - relies on agriculture for their survival.
Developing Industry and Markets for Cassava in the Caribbean
Cassava plays an important role in the dietary needs and incomes in many rural communities in the Caribbean. Despite its rich history in the Caribbean region, the development of the cassava industry falls well below its potential, due to poor management and resource constraints. With imports of wheat and corn weighing heavily on the foreign reserves of the region, cassava presents an untapped resource to help alleviate the pressure on high food import bills and improve livelihoods for small-scale farmers, processors and the rural population.
FAO donates marine safety grab bags to Silana fisherwomen
FAO donated three Marine Safety Grab Bags to improve the safety at sea for the fisherwomen of Silana Village, Tailevu. Local fishermen and women venture out to sea in small, uncovered vessels day and night to earn a living, and feed their communities. The FAO initiative identifies the importance of fishing for local livelihoods and diets. It also recognises that fishing is the most dangerous of all occupations, with an estimated 24,000 fatalities (ILO 1999), worldwide. Silana Village is one of the 40 coastal communities that are receiving Marine Safety Grab Bags from FAO, to be used by local, small commercial fishing enterprises registered with the Ministry of Fisheries.
Cattle and Sheep Integrated Production and Management Project officially launched
The Cattle and Sheep integrated production and management Project for Tonga was recently launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forests and Fisheries (MAFFF) Hon Semisi Fakahau. The launch was followed an inception workshop which was held at Davina House. Aimed to improve productivity of sheep and cattle for household food security, food nutrition, fighting against NCDs and maintaining sustainable livelihoods for Tonga, the project is expected to be completed in three years and has a total budget of US$294,000.
Fiji to host Asia-Pacific Regional Conference
The Government of Fiji has formally agreed to host the 34th FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations announced today. The hosting arrangements for the 34th APRC were formalized in the Fijian capital Suva following the signing of a Memorandum of Responsibilities by Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Inia Seruiratu, and Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific. Also present was Eriko Hibi, the FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for the Pacific Islands.
FAO, IFAD and WFP join efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean
The three United Nations Rome-based agencies - WFP, FAO and IFAD - are announcing a new alliance that will unite their efforts to support the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and poverty, boost rural development and move towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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