International Day of Forests 2023

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests in 2012. The organizers are the United Nations Forum on Forests and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with…

Moli’s Dream – Building care and community through cocoa in Vanuatu

“We live in a world of disaster,” states Moli Lui flatly, standing underneath the shade and leathery oblong pods of a cocoa tree on his sprawling farm on the thick and leafy patch of green that is Malo Island in the Northern reaches of Vanuatu. “When…

From Covid to chocolate: Vanuatu's cocoa industry cultivates change

Improving communities from Ridge to Reef

The land in Pacific Island nations is inexorably connected to the sea.  As small parcels of terrain in the world’s largest ocean, these nations must depend on this connection to ensure their development is both holistic and resilient.  One project that…

Overcoming drought together on World Drought Day

Do you know that our ecosystems are connected? Have you ever taken the time to learn that our soil ecosystems, water ecosystems, forest ecosystems and marine ecosystems are all linked? Do you ever wonder that if you exploit one of the ecosystems it will…

International Day of Forests 2022: Sustain forests for people and the planet

Photo: Fiji Forest - Credit: J Kemsey Do you ever link yourself to the forest in your everyday life? Tonight, when you are resting on your sofa enjoying a glass of water, or jotting down your shopping list on a notebook, do you realise or appreciate that…

Climate change and food systems top Pacific agriculture and forestry leaders’ agenda in the lead-up to UN food summit

As with many regions in the world, the Pacific has experienced a challenging 18 months since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020.  With Pacific countries and territories such as Fiji and French Polynesia currently experiencing serious outbreaks…

Pacific agriculture and forestry leaders eye progress post Covid-19

The Pacific Agriculture and Forestry leaders held a critical meeting last week in which they committed new energy and focus to the region’s stretched agriculture and forestry sectors and pledged to support the sustainability of communities region-wide in…

Remarks by the President of Fiji His Excellency Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, the President of Fiji at the Opening of the Seventh Regional Meeting of Pacific Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services

·     The Pacific Heads of Agriculture and Forestry; ·     The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and other development partners ·     The Pacific Community (SPC), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; ·     Senior Government Officials…

Seventh Regional Meeting of Pacific Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services

The 7th Regional Meeting of the Pacific Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services will bring together country leaders and partners to reconnect to the region. The meeting happens biennially, with last year’s postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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