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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

Pacific Islands fail to agree plan to protect tuna


Pacific island states and countries failed on Friday to strike a deal to protect shrinking supplies of tuna and adopt cutbacks following a regional conference, officials said, sparking condemnation from conservationists. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest tuna fishing ground, accounting for almost 60% of the global catch. But supplies are dwindling and conservationists say urgent action is needed to ensure populations remain viable. The 10 participants “could not reach an agreement” on proposed regulation after five days of talks at the Northern Committee of the Western

EU Celebrates EU-ACP Relations Through Academic Co-Operation


The Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific celebrated European Union – African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) relations and intercultural dialogue through student mobility and academic co-operation. On Thursday the European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, Andrew Jacobs hosted Fijian students and university staff. These were the students and staff members who are going to study and train in Europe under Erasmus+ scholarships.

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.