New Seeds and Processing Storage Unit launched for Fiji Ministry of Agriculture

The Fiji Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) has launched its Seeds Processing and Storage Unit gifted to the ministry under the New Zealand funded Pacific Seeds for Life (PS4L) programme at its Sigatoka, Fiji Research Station. Coordinated by the Pacific…

Kiribati steps up coconut pest control efforts through virtual training

Kiribati biosecurity officials took vital precautionary steps to prevent the invasion of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Guam biotype (CRB-G) in the country through a virtual training on the fast-spreading pest on December 14.

Soil is more than dirt for Atoll farmers

To help improve farming practices and to strengthen resilience in the face of the current changing weather patterns, the Pacific Community’s Land Resources Division (LRD) has invested in conducting soil and crop management trainings for farmers across…

A United Approach to Kava “Wan Ples, Wan Kava”

The public and private sector of the Pacific has come together to promote and secure the future of one of the region’s most important agricultural crops, Kava. The Pacific Regional Conference on Kava convened virtually yesterday, and will run till 29…

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…

Armed with a new training manual, Pacific farmers look to control deadly coconut rhinoceros beetle infestations

The Pacific has been battling the spread of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetles (CRB) for years and is now challenged by the invasion of a new CRB biotype, the CRB-Guam strain, that has spread to seven Pacific Island countries in just a decade leaving…

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…

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. 

Seeds bring new life to Vanuatu's agriculture sector

Photo Credit: Vanuatu Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Timely access to affordable seeds for farmers in Vanuatu will now be available after the Vanuatu Seed Systems Strategy Validation Workshop, facilitated by the Pacific Community (SPC),…

Pacific’s Tree of Life faces growing pest threat

In the Pacific, coconut is king. It charms visitors to our shores, as well as commands the respect of Pacific Islanders that depend on it for their livelihood. Known regionally as the ‘tree of life’, every part is used, from its tallest frond down to its…
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