SPC joins global community in expressing sadness at the loss of renowned HIV and AIDS scientist

Wednesday 23 July, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji

ARVs-drugsThe sudden and untimely passing away of Professor Joep Lange has sent a shock wave around the globe, especially among members of the HIV and AIDS community. Professor Lange and several of his colleagues died in the tragic crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in Ukraine. They were travelling to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The Director General recently met with members of the Youth@Work team in Honiara, Solomon Islands, in July

Colin&YouthYouth at Work (Y@W) is designed as a national initiative for unemployed youths who are school leavers or graduates to be mentored in basic skills & values; as well as being given practical job experience. It is a “can-do” initiative that targets disengaged youth who have been unable to find gainful employment due to lack of experience or education or networks.

The ‘organic island’ of Cicia (Fiji) provides yams to SPC

yamTwenty-three varieties of mainly alata yams were contributed by farmers on Cicia, Fiji’s ‘organic island’, to the Secretary of the Pacific Community (SPC) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) in April.

Strengthening Pacific breadfruit production

breadfruitSix staff members from the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture (MAF), private nurseries and Nature’s Way Cooperative attended a one day training session held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) at Narere, Fiji, at the end of June.


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