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Report on Samoa Agricultural Survey 2015


Agriculture is important to households in Samoa to provide food for the family or as a source of income. Most households are engaged in some agricultural activities. In 2015, there were 28,119 households in Samoa, of which 27,411 (or 97 percent) were agricultural households; that is, they grew some crops or raised some livestock. Most agricultural households grow some crops. In 2015, there were 27,359 crop households, while 19,208 households were raising livestock.

Kava company reaches out to the world


The Fijian government has provided a great way forward for exporters under its National Export Strategy (NES) initiative, says Green Gold Kava managing director Praveen Narayan. "My small family-owned Fijian owned company knows no bounds and is eager to reach out to the world," he said. Mr Narayan has always promoted his company's aims of "green gold kava globalisation" to his customers locally and overseas. The kava exporting company, based in Savusavu, was one of the 11 successful companies awarded grants last week under the Government's NES initiative. "My company was

Pacific island economies hit by global slump


Countries in the Pacific region will see economic growth sharply decline from 7.0 percent, recorded last year, to an average of 3.9 percent in 2016, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In its Pacific Economic Monitor of July 2016, the ADB attempted to put a positive gloss on the figures, claiming the region was unlikely to be “significantly affected by heightened uncertainty in the global economy.” Some Pacific economies improved slightly last year, it said, reflecting stronger than expected performance in tourism, fisheries and construction. However, international grow

Project Aimed At Reviving Organic Agriculture To Be Launched


A Farm to Table approach will be used to promote agriculture as a viable career option and engage youth. A two year project aimed at reviving organic agriculture in the Saivou District of Ra will be launched in Rakiraki next week on Wednesday August 17 at Nabalabala Village. The project launch will be hosted by the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development. With this “Farm to Table” project FRIEND will work with six villages in the Saivou District to promote Agriculture as a viable career option. Farm to Table is about establishing systems where peopl

Chefs For Development: The Role of Chefs in Linking Agriculture to Tourism in The South Pacific


The coastal and inland fisheries, tropical climate and fertile soils of South Pacific nations support the production of fresh ingredients that are healthy, nutritious and vitamin rich. Although traditional Pacific cuisine based on these fresh local ingredients is alive and well in the homes of Pacific Islanders, much of the food served in the tourism industry is imported and fails to deliver an authentic South Pacific cuisine experience to visitors.

Fancy A Ferry Between the Islands? Two Soon to Set Sail


A long-awaited passenger ferry service linking some islands of the Caribbean could be setting sail by year-end.

Tags: Tourism

Country Note on The Cook Islands: Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance


The Cook Islands is composed of 15 islands, spread across nearly 2 million km2 of territorial waters. The geographic spread of the Cook Islands poses logistical problems for any necessary post-disaster relief and response efforts. The 2011 census estimated the resident population of the Cook Islands at approximately 14,974 people, with a further 2,820 temporary residents. Approximately three-quarters of the population lived in Rarotonga.

University of The West Indies About to Go Global


With over 50 physical site locations in 17 English-speaking Caribbean countries, the University of the West Indies is well represented throughout the region. Now, UWI is set to expand globally. According to Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Open Campus, Dr. Luz Longsworth, the university plans to take its operations into Latin America and Asia.“We are about to launch the China UWI Institute for software technology, and also a UWI Institute for Latin American and Caribbean studies in China,” she said. “So we are already conquering China.

Niue Vanilla - first Pacific food product in Trade Aid


Pacific Islands Trade & Invest congratulates Niue Vanilla International whose organic vanilla products will be sold in Trade Aid stores by August. Niue Vanilla International Managing Director Stanley Kalauni firmed up plans with Geoff White, CEO of Trade Aid at the PT&I Pacific Hub stand on the first day of the Auckland Food Show. Niue Vanilla will be the first Pacific food product to be sold in Trade Aid stores - marking a return of interest by Trade Aid in Pacific Island made products. Trade Aid is expected to take on all six lines under the Niue Vanilla Internation

Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;
Additional tags: Niue, Vanilla industry

BAF boosts ginger industry


Fiji's ginger industry is expected to get a timely boost from the cooperation between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The authority said the two organisations were working to improve and enhance the $12 million fresh ginger export pathway to Australia to ensure that the Fijian fresh ginger exported to Australia was pest free.

Development partners support Livestock Sector


“European Development Fund through EDF11, New Zealand Government and Australian Centre of Institute in Agriculture Research recognise the Livestock Sector in Vanuatu, (which explains why they are) putting in a lot of resources especially with cattle. “(Neighbour countries in the) region are following Vanuatu’s Livestock Sector development closely, and even the World Animal Health (is focused on how the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock are implementing the initiative)”. The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forests, Fisheries and Biosecurity, Matai Seremaiah spoke with words

Fisheries in the Economies of Pacific Island Countries and Territories


Fisheries is a critical sector for food security and economic growth in the Pacific region. Maintaining up-to-date information about the impact of fisheries is critical for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) and their communities to make informed decisions about management of the sector, and for a range of development organisations, institutions and donors to plan and implement effective development assistance in collaboration with PICTs.

Well-Being in Vanuatu


Well-Being in Vanuatu: a documentary highlighting some of the key findings from the pilot study on ni-Vanuatu well-being conducted between 2010-2012 by the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs and the Vanuatu National Statistics Office. The study is part of the 'Alternative Indicators of Well-Being for Melanesia' project, endorsed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group and set to roll out to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Fiji in 2013.


Can we tackle climate threats to Pacific Island food security?


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Thematic: Climate-smart agriculture;

USD 123 million lost in income due to IUU fishing in the Pacific


An independent study led by Ministerial Review of The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) reveals that the nations of the Pacific lose USD 123 million in revenue from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. The announcement was made by FFA Director General James Movick while opening the FFA judicial conference in Honiara. “Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing continues to be an ongoing challenge in our region.

Solomon Islands: EU and MAL inaugurate new workshop for local rice and peanut farmers


Local farmers in the country have been provided with a new small-scale mechanisation workshop, inaugurated by the Solomon Islands Government Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock (MAL) and the European Union (EU) in Honiara on Monday. The workshop is funded by the EU under the project "enhancing productivity of land & labour through small-scale mechanization for subsistence farmers in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands ". The ceremony

Dynamic Trade Policy for Small Island Developing States: Lessons for the Pacific from the Caribbean


Small island developing states (SIDS) have common economic challenges and are faced with high costs for energy, infrastructure, transportation, trade logistics and public administration. These challenges are increasingly undergirded by new concerns such as the high incidence of chronic non-communicable diseases, demographic transitions, high levels of outward migration, and the rising cost of adapting to climate change.

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