Stat of the week: Nearly everyone in Tonga is covered by at least a 3G mobile network

Nearly everyone in Tonga is covered by at least a 3G mobile network (99% in 2019). This is a great improvement on the estimated 15% coverage in 2013. Information and communications technology can alleviate the challenges of distance and isolation,…

What do the statistics tell us about the impacts of the COVID-19 on PICT economies

A new paper by SPC Statistics Advisor-Strategic Planning Monitoring Analysis, Elizabeth Ragimana and SPC Data Analysis and Dissemination Manager, David Abbott reveals how almost eighteen months on since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide,…

NDC Hub to assist Tonga in promoting national climate plans to the wider public

On the occasion of Tonga National Climate Change Awareness Week 2021, the Regional NDC Hub produced a wide range of communications materials to support the Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change,…

World Food Day: Tonga taps tradition and the Pacific’s Tree of Life to feed communities and secure livelihoods

As the global community celebrates World Food Day 2021 on October 16 with the theme of “our actions are our future”, one project in Tonga is ensuring the future of local communities by building on the harvest of traditional food through youth.

Atoll Nation of Tuvalu Adopts ‘Cubes’ to Step Up Nutritious Food Production

Atoll Nation of Tuvalu Adopts ‘Cubes’ to Step Up Nutritious Food Production By Catherine Wilson Tuvalu’s farmers have watched their crops destroyed by extreme tropical weather. They are now using Funafala 'food cubes' to have greater control over their…

New poultry units to boost Samoa livestock industry

Five new poultry farming units have been opened in Samoa as part of the island nation’s ongoing efforts to reduce reliance on imported meat. The units were constructed as part of the Pacific Regional Integrated Food and Security Initiative to COVID-19 (…

Securing the future with traditional knowledge

In Tonga, community elders are passing down the ancient art of carving canoes to help the youth build sustainable livelihoods. Video produced by Alexandre Brecher, Corporate Communications Office

Passing on farming traditions to protect food systems

In Tonga, a local organization is setting up organic farming projects to enable young people to learn from elders how to generate some revenue while protecting the country's food systems.   Video produced by Alexandre Brecher, Corporate Communications…

New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna are committed to sustainable and resilient food systems

photo credit: Marama Production The PROTEGE project is working with the authorities of New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna to develop strategic and operational plans on food system sustainability to ensure more resilient food systems…

Real-time testing facility helps the Cook Islands face the COVID-19 threat

Thanks to financial and in-kind support from New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), the Pacific Community has been able to equip the Cook Islands with one of the most advanced COVID-19 testing platforms at the early stages of the…
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