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Sao Tome and Principe gets US$8.3 million from cocoa exports in 2016

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Sao Tome and Principe gets US$8.3 million from cocoa exports in 2016

Sao Tome and Principe raised around 192.2 billion dobras (US$8.3 million) in 2016 with cocoa sales, which accounted for 93.5% of all agricultural exports, the National Statistics Institute (INE) of the archipelago.

Big contingent of Pacific businesses for Pasifika ’17

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Twenty-eight companies from eight Pacific Island countries will be travelling to Auckland from 23-30 March to test their products in the New Zealand market as part of the next step in PT&I’s Pacific Path to Market Programme. The companies are from Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).

Fiji’s first community managed cocoa processing unit was launched in Lutu Village, Naitasiri

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The processing unit, consisting of a fermenter and a cocoa dryer, was provided by the European Union (EU) funded Increasing Agricultural Commodities Trade (IACT) project, implemented by the Pacific Community (SPC).
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EU fisheries agreement with the Cook Islands

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EU fisheries agreement with the Cook Islands

Enhance trade capacities of Pacific Agribusiness

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Enhancing trade capacities of the Pacific is essential to promote economic growth in providing sustainable livelihoods for the people of the region.

The remark was made by European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs while opening a trade workshop at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel in Suva today.

With the theme Enhance trade capacities of Pacific Agribusiness and improve access to international markets, the workshop culminates the successful ending of the project ACP-EUTBT Programme.

Solomon Islands: Farmers meet to improve cocoa quality

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Owners of solar cocoa driers around the country attended a workshop in Honiara recently to look into ways of increasing “sun-dried” cocoa sales into the lucrative global boutique. The workshop was a series of continued efforts initiated by the Australia and New Zealand funded Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Programme to improve the quality of Solomon Islands cocoa.

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Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;

Fiji: Organic farming potential growing

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While organic farming is a niche area in Fiji, there is a huge potential in the international market which relevant agriculture stakeholders are looking to harness. And Government has already started with preliminary discussions in further developing this with intentions to fully tap into organic farming.

Samoa plans for smart farming incubators

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The Pacific island country of Samoa plans to set up innovation incubators to encourage its citizens to build digital technologies for agriculture, its minister has said.

“We’re looking at setting up innovation incubators and training programmes that will foster and empower our people to start developing things, to start creating apps that will be applicable to this country”, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i – Minister of Communications and Information Technology – told the Samoa Observer.

Case Study on Industrial Innovation in the Pacific Islands

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The research and innovation landscape of the Pacific is extremely diverse, ranging from Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) with limited Science, Technology &Innovation (ST&I) capacity, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) with strong capacities, to New Zealand and Australia, which have numerous networks of research and innovation institutions.

CDF funds for agricultural development in Guyana

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Guyana Wednesday signed a multi-million dollar loan with the Caribbean Development Fund (CDF) that will be used to assist more than 150 farmers in several regions as a result of improved agricultural infrastructure.

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Thematic: Agriculture & Rural Development;

Pacific Economic Monitor - December 2016

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For Pacific countries, developing high-value niche products for export such as coffee, vanilla, and chocolate, opens up promising economic opportunities.

Policy Shift Needed to Sustain Growth, Development in the Pacific — ADB

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With average growth in the Pacific now projected at 2.7% in 2016 and 3.3% in 2017 — the lowest since the global financial and economic crisis — policies to reinvigorate and sustain economic activity need to be prioritized, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) December 2016 issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor launched on December 6. “The ongoing slowdown highlights the need for continuing policy reforms to

Accolades for ginger farmer's sweet tale of success

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Young  Chinese immigrant Calvin Qiu had no farming background when he started his small ginger farm at Pacific Harbour in 1997. All he had was a tremendous appetite to learn and succeed as a ginger farmer.

And about two decades later he has grown to be one of the country's biggest exporters of the much sought after spice.

As early as 2003, his enterprise, Kaiming Agro, received organic certification.

Six Samoan companies certified and recognized internationally

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Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME) is targeting an increase in the export of Samoan products by 2020. Since 2014, Samoa’s recorded profit for exports in general was about $27m tala.

SAME and the Government of Samoa are aiming to increase that to $100m tala in three years.

Six Samoan companies certified and recognized internationally

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Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (SAME) is targeting an increase in the export of Samoan products by 2020. Since 2014, Samoa’s recorded profit for exports in general was about $27m tala.

SAME and the Government of Samoa are aiming to increase that to $100m tala in three years.

Vanuatu ready to welcome first Chinese cruise group

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Vanuatu will be marking on Monday December 12th, 2016 an historical milestone for the country’s cruise tourism sector. Preparations are underway to warmly welcome the first ever Chinese cruise ship to Vanuatu, Costa Cruise Atlantica with over 2000 Chinese passengers on board.

This is a welcome addition to an already busy December Cruise Ship schedule.

Co-operation agreed on climate issues between European Union and Fiji

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FIJI and the European Union will work together on key international challenges such as climate change and oceans. 

Commonwealth report urges action to protect agriculture in small states

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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

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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

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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

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