Banking on seeds for healthy Pacific livelihoods

A sustainable seed system is crucial to ensuring farmers have timely access to affordable quality seeds. However, access to quality vegetable seeds has been a long-standing challenge for farmers not only in Fiji, but throughout the Pacific.

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…

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…

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),…

New COVID-19 response will increase biosecurity and upgrade sustainable food production in the Pacific

COVID-19 has had a far-reaching effect on Pacific nations. In the space of seven months, the evaporation of vital tourism earnings and remittances, as well as the disruption to international trade and the food supply, has had repercussions on food…

Seeds Handover to Fiji Government and Launch of New Regional Initiatives Supported by MFAT and DFAT

This week the Pacific Community (SPC) handed over 350kg vegetable seeds and 400 tissue culture plants to the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture (MOA). The event was part of Pacific Seeds for Life (PS4L) and represented the projects first contribution towards…

Remarks by SPC DDG, Dr A. Aumua at the Launch of 'Pacific Seeds for Life' and funding for Regional Genebank

Check against delivery Statement by Dr. Audrey Aumua  Delivered at the Launch of 'Pacific Seeds for Life' and funding announcement for Regional Genebank Suva, Fiji 27 May 2020   The Honourable Minister of Agriculture Fiji, Dr Mahendra Reddy, His…

Pacific Seeds for Life: the case of Yam breeding in Vanuatu

The Pacific region is highly vulnerable to climate change and is facing high incidences of non-communicable diseases. Crop diversity has a crucial role to play in (1) developing improved crops that are adapted to climate change and tolerant to pests and…

Pacific Seeds for Life becomes a reality

Seeds and climate change At the 23rd Conference of the Parties of UNFCCC (where Fiji played a central role), Parties adopted the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. This landmark agreement recognized ‘the fundamental importance of agriculture in…

Why the Pacific is taking an integrated approach to climate change and NCDs

The Island nations of the Pacific region are a community encompassing many unique traditions, cultures and experiences. These generally small island nations are spread across one the largest and most important regions on Earth. With small populations…
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