Agriculture and climate change are two key priorities for Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors are of vital socio-economic importance to Pacific SIDS, as they underpin the livelihoods of a significant proportion of the region’s population.

Event objectives:

  1. Raise awareness on the urgent need to improve agricultural soil carbon and health, highlighting the situation of the Pacific SIDS.
  2. Introduce science-based and feasible options and discuss ways forward for the region.
  3. Enhance knowledge and capacities of key stakeholders (technical experts, policy makers and development partners etc.) on measurement of soil carbon and health, and how it could contribute to climate targets including Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).


Day 1 - 10 May (14:30-16:30, Samoa time) [8:30-10:30 Bangkok, 3:30-5:30 Rome]

Welcome remarks 

Martial Bernoux, FAO; Ryudai Oshima, MAFF Japan;  Mr. Tilafono David Hunter, CEO of Samoa Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries 

The Pacific SIDS, Ocean, Climate, Agriculture and Soil 

Tekini Nakidakida, Fiji Ministry of Agriculture  

Storing Carbon in agricultural soils through a collaborative approach involving farmers, an agrifood company and research 

Dr. Eric Ceschia, INRAE/CESBIO of France 

Panel discussion: How can agriculture in the Pacific SIDS provide solutions to address climate change?  



Day 2 - 11 May (14:30-16:30, Samoa time) [8:30-10:30 Bangkok, 3:30-5:30 Rome]

Recap of Day 1 


Presentation 1: Visualization of soil C and GHG emission from soil 

Dr. Yasu Shirato, NARO Japan 

Presentation 2:  IGES/FAO survey - Understanding countries’ status and challenges for estimating carbon stock changes in mineral soil in national GHG inventories  

Dr. Chisa Umemiya, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)  

Presentation 3: The role of land representation in preparing the national GHG inventory for the LULUCF sectorunder the Enhanced Transparency Framework of the Paris Agreement 

Iordanis Tzamtzis, FAO 

Presentation and proposal: Implementing sustainable soil management in the Pacific region.  

Lucrezia Caon, Pacific Soil Partnership coordinator 

Discussion and way forward


Join Zoom Meetings:

Tuesday 10 MAY 2022

14:30 – 16:30 Apia (Samoa) time

Meeting ID: 998 2207 1802

Passcode: 56739741 

Wednesday 11 MAY

14:30 – 16:30 Apia (Samoa) time

Meeting ID: 929 9556 0444

Passcode: 18121928


FAO with financial support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan