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Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Technical Report Synopses


These are a series of 16 short synopses which highlight a range of PHAMA Technical Reports across the countries where the Program operates.

Fiji village relocated following disasters


A Fiji village that was battered by a landslide in 2012, slammed by that year's Cyclone Evan and then again by Cyclone Winston, is being relocated. A ground breaking ceremony is being held today at the relocated site of Tuturaki village which was destroyed by the triple disasters. Tuturaki was inland from Lautoka on Viti Levu and is being moved further into the island's interior. The initiative of Fiji's National Disaster Management Office will cost $US289,000 dollars and is being implemented by the Pacific Community. The European Union has also backed the project. 

Vanuatu launches coconut palm strategy


About a million coconut trees will be planted in Vanuatu in the next decade, as the country tries to get the most out of the important crop. The Agriculture Minister, Matai Seremiah, this week launched the National Coconut Strategy, which looks to replanting after Cyclone Pam. Mr Seremiah said the strategy would help ensure the greatest varieties are planted to ensure food security, resilience, and improve their economic viability. "Instead of just looking a copra, we're looking at virgin oil, looking at how to use the coconut tree to get timber out of the coconut trees, and

Implementation of the new Gender Action Plan for 2016-20!


The new Gender Action Plan for 2016-20 (GAP II) establishes gender analysis as mandatory for all new actions ( GAP II and GAP Guidance Note in Annex). Delegations are expected to have carried it out by mid-2016.

Achieving the SDGs through profitable, sustainable and inclusive agriculture


In order to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, agri-food systems have to be significantly transformed.

Pacific Economies Forecast To Grow By 3.9% In 2016 Amid Rising Global Risks


Most Pacific economies are unlikely to be significantly affected by heightened uncertainty in the global economy, says the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) July 2016 issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor, launched today in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). “Despite significant risks to the global economic outlook, prospects for some of the smaller Pacific economies have improved slightly, reflecting stronger than expected performance in tourism, fisheries, and construction,” said Xianbin Yao, Director General of ADB’s Pacific Department.

World's first illegal fishing treaty now in force


A groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect today and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA) - adopted as an FAO Agreement in 2009 after a years-long diplomatic effort - is the first ever binding international treaty that focuses specifically on illicit fishing.

Emae declared Organic Island


The 4th of July 2016 will go down as an historic date for the chiefs and people of Emae when they declared the Island an Organic Island, Vanuatu’s first. In collaboration with Provincial Governance Strengthening Program (PGS) under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Farm to Table, the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), the important commitment now means the Island is required to comply with the Pacific Organic Standard. The name of the Project is Engaging Vanuatu Youth in Organic Farming – Farming to Table Chain Approach Project. Pacific Organic

Highlights: Vanuatu Agrotourism Policy Setting Workshop, Port-Vila, Vanuatu, 25-27 May 2016


Tourism is the lifeblood of many Pacific economies, and agritourism provides a promising avenue for diversification and trade growth. In light of this, CTA and the Government of Vanuatu, together with IICA and PIPSO organised a workshop on policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism in Port-Vila, Vanuatu from 25-27 May 2016. 

Melanesian Tok: New MSG Trade Agreement Approved


The 5th MSG Trade Ministers Meeting held in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 25 May 2016 endorsed the new Melanesian Free Trade Agree-ment (MFTA) following the conclu-sion of technical negotiations on the MSG Trade Agreement in the last three years by senior Trade, Investment and State Law officials. Chaired by Hon. Milner Tozaka, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Solomon Is-lands, the meeting was attended by Hon. Richard Maru, Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry of PNG; Hon.

Pacific Non-communicable Diseases Summit


Pacific Non-communicable Diseases Summit
Theme: Translating Global and Regional Commitments into Local Action
20-22 June 2016
Nuku’alofa, Tonga

Pacific Islands’ leaders and ministers, and officials from regional and global development agencies, will gather in the Kingdom of Tonga from 20-22 June to consider urgent action to address the region’s non-communicable diseases (NCD) crisis.

New inter-island cargo service on stream for later this year


The Barbados-based cargo ship Schooner Ruth is expected to start transporting inter-island cargo during the third quarter of this year. The interior of the vessel is currently being fitted out, with focus on installing solar refrigeration equipment. Launched in December 2014, the small cargo vessel is a pilot of the “Caribbean Sail Cargo Initiative” project of the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Centre for Food Security and Entrepreneurship in partnership with SV Ruth Ltd.

Doing Business in the Caribbean 2016


Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency is the 13th in the long-standing series of co-publications by the World Bank and International Financial Corporation (IFC). This annual report on the ease in doing business in 189 nations covers the period from June 2014 to June 2015. I have been reviewing such reports for the past two years, and have published two articles from each review: first to examine the global ranking of Caribbean states, then to breakdown their performance into the 10 indicators used in the ranking process.

Brussels 44: Responsible & Sustainable Sourcing Through Fair Trade


The next Brussels Development Briefing on “Promoting responsible and sustainable sourcing through Fair Trade” will take place on 22 June 2016  from 9:00 to 13:00, at the ACP Secretariat, Avenue Georges Henri 451 in Brussels, Belgium.

POETCom 2015 Annual Report: A review of Organic Growth


The Pacific Organic and Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) is a not-for-profit membership organisation. Membership comprises representatives from 14 Pacific Island countries and territories, including farmers’ organisations, nongovernmental organisations, private sector and research institutions.

Vanuatu Agrotourism Policy Setting Workshop, Port-Vila, Vanuatu, 25-27 May 2016


Tourism is the lifeblood of many Pacific economies, and agritourism provides a promising avenue for diversification and trade growth. In light of this, CTA and the Government of Vanuatu, together with IICA and PIPSO will organise a workshop on policy setting for improved linkages between agriculture, trade and tourism in Port-Vila, Vanuatu from 25-27 May 2016.

Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;

Seychelles goes into agroforestry, merging food production with conservation


Seychelles could use its forests to provide food for its population, says a representative of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).FAO’s sub-regional representative Rene Czudek visited seven farms chosen as pilot projects for agroforestry on Mahe and Praslin, the two most populated island of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.The farms are using different methods and models of the agroforestry type of farming that encourages farmers to grow trees amongst food crops.“This is particularly adapted to Seychelles as it is a small island with limited agricultural land

Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;

Pacific crop centre develops food strategies for climate change


Severe weather patterns and cyclonic activity have become increasingly hyperactive in the South Pacific with climate change as the key contributor. Communities are faced with the destruction of food crops and are left suffering from food scarcity and malnutrition. WebThe Pacific Media Centre team in Fiji was granted access to propagation projects at the Pacific Community (SPC) and its Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees in Suva (CePaCT). Here the issue of climate effects

Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;

Jamaica Jerk the Caribbean’s first geographical indication


Jamaica is the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean to register a geographical indication (GI). Speaking at this week’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange about plans for Intellectual Property Week to be observed next week, Lillyclaire Bellamy, executive director of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Organisation (JIPO) told editors and reporters that since 2015, the country has a registered GI for Jamaica Jerk. “People always say we take forever to pass laws but the difference with us is when we pass our laws we use them.

Experts Meet to Solve Caribbean Fishing Crisis


Lazarus Alfred has been fishing since he was 17-years-old. He knows the struggles of life at sea.

‘Right time for Vanuatu to get out there and promote…’


Donald Pelam, Vanuatu’s Trade Commissioner in Australia, says it is now opportune for the country to promote its products and services in overseas markets. He was recently interviewed in Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme in Sydney, where he is currently based. Mr Pelam previously interned at Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I) Sydney offices as Vanuatu’s trade representative.

Tags: Trade, vanuatu

The Caribbean’s First “Smart Island”


The Bahamas has just made history. The Bahamian island of New Providence has been named the world’s first “Smart Island.” The proclamation was made by Houlin Zhao, Secretary General of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union, the first island ever so designated by the ITU. Zhao made the announcement as a guest speaker during the launch of the country’s National De

St Kitts and Nevis’ Economy Is Booming


The Caribbean’s smallest country has one of its fastest-growing economies, according to new projections from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The twin-island country is projected to see GDP growth of 5.1 percent this year, according to revised estimates by ECLAC. That is the highest rate of projected growth in CARICOM, and second in the wider

Barbados, Grenada named among destinations safest from natural disasters


Despite occasional threats of hurricanes, earthquakes and even tsunamis, Barbados and Grenada have been listed among the top 10 countries where tourists are least likely to find themselves victims of natural disasters, according to a report from Telegraph Travel. Barbados placed behind Qatar and Malta to rank third safest on the list with a 1.16 percent chance of visitors experiencing a natural disaster.

Region gets US$3 billion to support renewable energy efforts


Japan and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are partnering to invest US$3 billion in Latin America and the Caribbean to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as quality infrastructure projects related to energy savings. The agreement between the IDB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) expands on the Co-financing for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CORE) programme, which was created in 2012 to support energy inve