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Commonwealth report urges action to protect agriculture in small states


Rising temperatures will have severe implications for crops, water and livestock in African small states if urgent measures aren’t taken, a new report has found.

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s Small States: Economic Review and Basic Statics, Volume 19 warns of the intensifying impact of climate change on the agriculture sectors in Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. It also identifies strategies that could help countries address the challenge.

Agriculture is the commercially untapped jewel of Fiji - Koya


Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya says agriculture is the commercially untapped jewel of Fiji as the sector is brimming with opportunities. Koya says that in Fiji there are acres of arable land that can either be used for commercial agro-farming or organic farming in niche markets. The Minister says the prospects are enormous and the latest sectoral investment data suggests that a number of foreign have realized this and are seizing the opportunity. He adds the government has a vision to harness Fiji’s potential in the area of organic farming given Fiji’s e

Fiji cocoa farms receive recovery assistance


A number of cocoa farms devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston will benefit from assistance provided by the European Union and Pacific Community in an effort to to boost the productivity of the agricultural sector after the cyclone struck early this year. The assistance is being made possible through the Increasing Agriculture Commodity Trade (IACT) project TC Winston Recovery Action; a FJD4.3 million initiative funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC). The first recipient, Tomohito Zukoshi, co-founder of Fijiana Cocoa and Adi Chocolate bran

PIPSO launches 2016-2019 Strategic Plan and revamped Website


PIPSO launched their 2016-2019 Strategic Plan, and revamped website in Suva today.

Solomons signs MSG free trade agreement


The prime minister of Solomon Islands has signed the Melanesian Free Trade Agreement making his country the first Melanesian Spearhead Group member to do so. Only two MSG member countries need sign the agreement for it to come into effect. The sub-regional trade deal is an expansion of former agreemens between Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. It covers trade in services, investment and labour mobility. During the signing on Friday Manasseh Sogavare said the sub-regional trade deal was one of the answers to improving the economies of Melanesian countri

Tonga ships squash to China for the first time


Tonga has sent its first ever consignment of squash to China. Squash remains the country's main agricultural export, with South Korea and Japan the traditional markets. The chief executive of the Agrculture Ministry, Viliami Manu said a critical factor is being able to service those markets in late November and early December when Tonga is able to command better prices. He said efforts to secure a market in China had been underway for a year. "Finally on this season we were planning on opening the market with 200 tonnes.

Getting into business made easier in the Solomon Islands


The Asian Development Bank says further refinement of business registrations in Solomon Islands should foster economic activity and create more jobs all over the country. The ADB's Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative, or PSDI, says applications for foreign investment licences and business name registrations can now be lodged online and processed in 24 hours thanks to an upgrade of the Solomons' business registry. The registry, which has been accepting online applications for company registrations since 2010, has now expanded so that applications for foreign investment li

EU budget support for Fiji


The budget support discussed on Monday with the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is part of the European Union's bilateral allocation of development assistance for Fiji for the period up to 2020, says Andrew Jacobs. "The total allocation is for 28 million euro ($F62.6m) and 20m euro ($F44.7m) of this is earmarked for budget support linked to the sugar and agriculture sectors.

EU looks to expand direct budget support to Fiji


The European Union is looking to expand direct budget support to Fiji through the Ministry of Economy to fund a range of collaborative development programmes. This announcement followed a meeting between Attorney‑General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum and an EU delegation.

Small Islands, Big Impact


Salaheddine Mezouar, president of the UN climate treaties conference COP22, says the event, which takes place in Morocco in November, will allow “the voices of the most vulnerable countries to climate change [to be] heard, in particular African countries and island states.” So we are taking this opportunity to add to those voices - by talking about what the European Investment Bank is doing on some of the islands most vulnerable to climate change, to help them adapt to climate change, and to mitigate its effects. But first, why invest in climate adaptation or mitigation measures o



“There is has huge potential of benefits that can derive from Agritourism if we could properly ensure the linkages between agriculture and the tourism sector”. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Tourism, Trade and Industries, Joe Natuman made that statement yesterday in his opening remarks at the Vanuatu Agritourism 2016. Mr.

Strengthening links between SIDS


A platform that promotes stronger linkages between chefs and small-scale producers in Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean countries was launched in the Caribbean. Chefs for Development aims to stimulate demand of local agrifood products in the domestic and hospitality sector, improving public health and reducing unsustainable food import bills in island countries. The platform was unveiled in the Cayman Islands, where the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2016 opened last Wednesday. Chefs for Development (Chefs4Dev) is an online community which uses chefs' role as ambassadors of

WWF welcomes first ASC certified shrimp farm in Africa


Unima, leader in Madagascar’s shrimp production sector, was awarded Aquaculture Stewardship Certification (ASC) for its aquaculture farm Aqualma located in Mahajamba, the northwest coast of Madagascar. It is the first shrimp farm in Africa to receive ASC certification, an internationally recognized labeling scheme that promotes the best environmental and social aquaculture performance. WWF´s partnership with Unima to develop and implement good social and environmental practices started in 2007.

China to support Cook Islands fisheries


China has pledged a donation of equipment worth $US82,000 to support marine surveillance in the Cook Islands. Cook Island News reported a delegation from the Cook Islands was in China last week to discuss cooperation between the Guangzhou and Zhuhai government on agriculture, fisheries, culture, tourism and health. The donation will include equipment and transportation facilities. An agriculture and fishery training project was also agreed upon and will start next month. The secretary of cultural development Anthony Turua said ten representatives from the Ministry of Mar

Chefs and policymakers champion local cuisine, agriculture potential in ACP islands


“By importing so much food, small island developing states - SIDS - are basically exporting jobs”.

Gov’t wants to create greater agriculture–tourism linkages


One way of reducing Saint Lucia’s high food import bill is to encourage the use of locally grown agricultural products by the hotel sector, something which Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee said his government plans to expand. The minister said he has started discussions with his cabinet colleague, Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph, who, according to him, understands the important role that the tourism sector could play to drive agriculture. “The two of us have been having tremendous discussions on where we can take agriculture-tourism linkage.

SPREP Commends Leadership in Protecting our Oceans with New Anouncements of Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific Islands


The Pacific islands now contain over 15 million square kilometres of marine protected areas with the newest announcements of marine reserves from the United Kingdom and the United States.Map of Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific Region, including Australia, New Zealand, United States and United Kingdom.

Tonga Hosts Pacific Breadfruit Roundtable


The Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network in partnership with Nishi Foundation, GroFed (Growers Federation of Tonga) and MORDI (Mainstreaming of Rural Development Innovation Tonga Trust) co-organized a Pacific Breadfruit Roundtable.  This two-day consultative roundtable was held in Nuku’alofa, on the friendly islands of Tonga from September 15th - 16th, 2016.

Honiara Gears Up For MSG Private Sector Development Week


The historic Private Sector Development (PSD) Week for the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) will be held this week in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Events during the week include workshops and meetings which will be attended by Government officials responsible for Business Development as well as representatives of the private sector and civil society organisations. The PSD Week starts with the Cooperatives Policy Workshop today (Monday, 19 September).

Tahiti and New Caledonia Full Members of PIF


While the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) accepted New Caledonia and French Polynesia to full membership of PIF during its 47th Forum at Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia last week (September 8-10) Prime Minister Charlot Salwai says full membership comes with benefits as well as obligations, and Vanuatu’s support won’t compromise the country’s stand on self determination for New Caledonia and French Polynesia. He says the French Government specifically requested during COP 21 in Paris in December of last year, and the same request was made by the President of New Caledonia for V

Brussels Briefing 46: Agribusiness Development & Tourism Markets in SIDS


The next Brussels Development Briefing n.46 on the subject of “Agribusiness development in SIDs: the potential of tourism-related markets” will be held in Brussels at 09:00-13:00 on 21st September 2016 at the ACP Secretariat (Avenue Georges Henri 451, 1200 Brussels).

Coconut shortage hits Caribbean; trendy health-food aisle could be next


It’s the scariest thing to face the Caribbean since Johnny Depp’s eyeliner in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The area known for coconuts is battling a serious shortage of its signature crop. Sorry, coconut milk and water lovers. The serious shortage comes following a multipronged attack of storms, droughts, bugs and the creepy-sounding Lethal Yellowing, a disease that kills palm trees. Result: Caribbean plantations have already shrunk up to 17% since 1994, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;
Additional tags: Caribbean, Coconut

Pacific Community highlights climate change, resilience, sustainable fisheries


The world’s largest conservation congress kicked off last Friday in Hawaii and the Pacific Community has joined over 8,000 global leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous groups, business and academia, to garner support for stronger action towards a sustainable future. The Pacific Community director general Dr.

This Caribbean Island Wants to Be a “Blue Growth” Leader


It’s called Blue Growth: it means a strategy aimed at supporting sustainable growth concentrated in the marine and maritime sectors. And one Caribbean island wants to be a regional leader in this area: Grenada. The tri-island country has been making a big push to draw attention to Blue Growth, from a strategy meeting in March 2015 to the first-ever Regional Blue Week and Investment Conference in May. Grenada is also looking to develop a “Blue Growth Master Plan,” which presents a vision of possible initiatives and interventions in the fields of Coral Restoration, the Marine a