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Upskilling trainers to help tackle youth unemployment
Gaining knowledge and hands on experience in agriculture is crucial for young farmers to create job opportunities. The first of three training workshop for trainers took place at the MAF/Crops Division in Nu’u from April 4 – 5 this week. The workshops combines the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Samoa Federated Farmers Inc. (SFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to address employment challenges for the youth of Samoa.
Fiji partners with FAO and the EU to build resilient and food secure communities
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Fiji have agreed to collaborate on a project to strengthen the resilience of communities vulnerable to extreme weather events and climate change.
Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector
The seven countries participating in the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) project in the Eastern Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago – are highly dependent on the fisheries sector for food security, livelihoods and household income. The sector is expected to be severely impacted by climate change and variability through slow-onset changes as well as extreme weather events. Many of the root causes for climate change and climate variability originate outside of the Caribbean region, yet the consequences are expected to be severe for the region and for the fisheries sector in particular. Coastal communities and fisherfolk (men and women involved in all aspects of the sector) are considered to be particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Stakeholders identify seven priorities for Jamaica’s food security, agriculture and rural development
Rates of obesity are high and growing across all socioeconomic levels. Regional poverty is much more severe in rural areas. Addressing climate change requires major agricultural transformation These issues brought together over forty agriculture and rural development stakeholders who agreed on seven priorities for improving Jamaica’s food security and developing the agriculture sector. During a national consultation workshop organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), representatives from various government ministries, academia, civil society and international development agencies engaged in discussions to identify and prioritize key opportunities and national perspectives on three thematic areas: ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition, promoting sustainable rural development and climate resilient and sustainable agriculture.
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.
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