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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.

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security

Consolidated Responses for the PAFPNet Discussion for the month of October:

Date: 21/10/14 – 3/11/14

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security

The PAFPNet discussion for the month of October on the “Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security”, highlighted a number of concerns on this sensitive topic. Looking at both the strengths and weaknesses in land, fisheries and forests tenure, a common thread identified showed that challenges in this area outweighed its strengths.

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