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PAFPNet Discussions 2014-2016      
         
MONTH TOPIC Total Respondents Male Female
2014        
August Relevance of Policy Framework to support Strengthen Agriculture Extension & Rural Advisory Services 6 6 0
September The management of pesticides in the Pacific Islands Agriculture Production 10 8 2
October Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security 10 7 3
2015        
January How to improve linkages between farmers, extension and research 15 13 2
February Animal Welfare 20 17 3
March Vulnerability of Pacific Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change 12 12 0
April Livestock Production in the Changing Environment of Pacific Islanders 21 19 2
June Linking Farmers to the Tourism Market 17 16 1
July Addressing Biosecurity in the Pacific Island countries and Territories 13 12 1
September Agricultural policy access, uptake and content 4 4 0
October Agricultural Statistics for evidence based policy making in the Pacific 25 19 6
2016        
April Re-building the Agriculture sector and Farmer Livelihoods  Post–Disaster. 15 14 1
September The Conservation, Management and Sustainable Utilization of Forest 8 8 0

 2018

March                                   Climate Change Adaptation and the role of Agriculture                      12              9               3


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Livestock Production in the Changing Environment of Pacific Islanders

Consolidated Responses for the PAFPNet Discussion for the month of April 2015

Date: 07/04/2015 – 27/04/2015

"Livestock Production in the Changing Environment of Pacific Islanders"

The PAFPNet topic for the month of April, "Livestock Production in the Changing Environment of Pacific Islanders", focused on two questions on livestock development in the Pacific region. The two questions highlighted the key constraints of livestock production in the Pacific with suggested solutions to address the challenges. The key objective of this query was to encourage stakeholder participation towards the improvement of national livestock production.

Vulnerability of Pacific Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change

Consolidated Responses for the PAFPNet Discussion for the month of March 2015

Date: 10/03/2015 – 27/03/2015

"Vulnerability of Pacific Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change"

The PAFPNet topic for the month of March, "Vulnerability of Pacific Agriculture and Forestry to Climate Change" modelled five questions for the discussion forum. Each question encompassed similar responses in relation to the stability of agriculture and forestry to the change in the climatic state. Members of the network discussed both the positive and negative impacts of climate change on land produce and various ways to incorporate traditional knowledge and practices. Additionally, PAFPNet associates mentioned the importance of climate information being simplified and translated for both subsistence and commercial farmers.

Animal Welfare

Consolidated Responses for the PAFPNet Discussion for the month of February 2015

Date: 05/02/2015 – 23/02/2015

Animal Welfare

The PAFPNet topic for the month of February, “Animal Welfare” emphasized four questions that triggered a constructive discussion among the network members. From the discussion feedback, Animal Welfare had been highlighted as an area lacking perception and full awareness. Hindrances, benefits and promotional ideas were examined regarding the notion of implementing animal welfare practices. This discussion topic provided a clear platform of actions that must be taken in order to achieve effective enforcement of animal welfare in the region.

How to Improve Linkage between Farmers, Extension and Research

Consolidated Responses for the PAFPNet Discussion for the months of November 2014 – January 2015:

Date: 28/11/2014 – 23/01/2015

“How to Improve Linkage between Farmers, Extension and Research”

The PAFPNet topic for the month of December 2014/ January 2015, “How to improve linkages between farmers, extension and research”, highlighted a very popular trend of issues being faced alongside expected measures to help diminish the linkage problems faced in the three key areas. In summing up all the responses, the most common issue acknowledged as the core break in the link between farmers, extension and research was the lack of communication and farmer consultation.

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