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Vanuatu to host first Pacific Week of Agriculture
14-10-2017
Vanuatu is expecting up to 200 delegates once the country hosts the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA) from 16 to 20 October 2017. The figure has been revealed by organizers in Port Vila who are optimistic PWA, which will combine for the first time, two key regional agriculture meetings – the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting organized by the Pacific Community or SPC, and the Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry Meeting organized by SPC and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations or FAO. It is anticipated that PWA will live up to its billing as the premiere agriculture and agritourism forum for the region.
Government ministers and experts gather for first Pacific Week of Agriculture – highlight on nutrition and food security
12-10-2017
Global agricultural leaders will gather in Vanuatu next week for the inaugural Pacific Week of Agriculture (PWA 2017). Vanuatu is hosting the one-week event from 16 to 20 October in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The intensive week of meetings will see international and regional participants explore innovations, discuss challenges and look for ways to protect and expand agriculture in the Pacific. With support from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), over 30 participants from the Caribbean Islands are also expected to take part in the event.
Large Ocean Nations’ Forum on Blue Growth underway in Malta
04-10-2017
Hosted 2-4 October in Malta, just prior to the Our Ocean Conference, the event is part of a three-year project headed by the Faroe Islands’ Ministry of Fisheries. Participants from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Seychelles, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Cabo Verde, Sao Tome e Principe, Vanuatu and Grenada are taking part, alongside participants from FAO, and sharing ideas and knowledge about how to promote Blue Growth activities in their respective countries.
Out now: The Cowrie
03-10-2017
The September 2017 issue of the Newsletter on Small Island Developing States is now available at the SIDS ACTION PLATFORM http://www.sids2014.org. This edition "The Cowrie" focuses on the topic of oceans, following the recent UN Ocean Conference
From ocean-sourced fashion to luxury seafood: Large Ocean Nations’ Forum on Blue Growth opens in Malta
02-10-2017
The premise of the upcoming Large Ocean Nations Forum on Blue Growth is intriguing: island nations – whether developed or developing, north or south, western or eastern hemisphere – share many of the same challenges and can learn from one another’s experiences when implementing Blue Growth. Hosted 2-4 October in Malta, just prior to the Our Ocean Conference, the event is part of a three-year project headed by the Faroe Islands’ Ministry of Fisheries.
Advancing aquaponics in the Caribbean
26-09-2017
A crisp, blue sign emblazoned with “FRESH TILAPIA” entices customers to stop in at Indies Greens in Upper Renfrew, on the Caribbean island of Antigua, to pick up these delicious fish for a panfry or barbeque. Bred and raised in Antigua under the supervision of Larry Francis and his team, these tilapia are grown using aquaponics. Aquaponics is a system that combines hydroponics, soil-less agriculture and aquaculture within a closed system.
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