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Training of Trainers on Understanding and Interpreting the Soil Resources of Fiji

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), supported by the European Union (EU), is conducting a national workshop for sugar sector officers titled ‘Understanding and Interpreting the Soil Resources of Fiji’. This workshop aims to create awareness on the importance of knowledge about the Soils of Fiji and to build the capacity of the extension officers to become potential trainers on Soil Description, Soil Assessments, Soil Interpretation and Crop Suitability.

The training, provided by SPC through its Land Resources Division, takes place 26–30 May in Nadi, Fiji, with 30 participants consisting of 26 men and 4 women from the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC), Sugar Cane Growers Council, Cane Producers Association, Sugar Research Institute of Fiji, Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Rural Development.

Web 2.0 enhancing online dissemination

Modern technologies like Web 2.0 offer new and innovative approaches of enhancing dissemination of agriculture information in support of conventional extension systems which are almost non-existent in farming communities, says Ambassador Martin Dihm, the Head of European Union Delegation to PNG.

Speaking during the opening of a Web 2.0 and Social Media learning opportunity in Port Moresby on Monday, Ambassador Dihm said online platforms and tools are important for facilitating interactive knowledge creation and real time information dissemination for improved agriculture development and productivity. He said the modern technology can provide users with a new, speedy and most powerful tool to gather fast and up-to-date information, to network, exchange with one another and collaboratively create databases of production knowledge.

Nagado community livestock training

Members of the community of Nagado near Nadi flocked to the livestock training provided by SPC's Animal Health and Production team on Thursday 24 October 2013. SPC has also provided two fully equipped chicken sheds and 200 meat chickens, as well as feed costing up to FJD 8,000 to the community of Nagado.

Nagado is a farming community located in the Vaturu district in Nadi, where there are few economic opportunities in agriculture and many of the farming methods used are not sustainable. In addition, family nutrition is poor and unvaried, which leads to health problems. The need for new economic opportunities and better nutrition in Nagado was identified during a recently conducted participatory rural appraisal.Community members were eager to receive hands-on experience at the workshop, which was mainly on poultry farming, describing the different types of chickens, how to breed them, and how to establish and maintain a poultry farm. They were also taught about waste management, and how to protect the poultry from prey and also from weather changes.

Workshop raises awareness on the voluntary guidelines for governance of land tenure

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:47

In partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is conducting a regional workshop to raise awareness on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security. This workshop aims to develop ideas on how the guidelines can be used to support the improvement of the governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the Pacific Islands.

The Pacific Islands workshop takes place 23–26 July 2013 in Nadi, Fiji.

These guidelines represent an unprecedented international agreement. This was officially endorsed by the Committee on World Food Security in May 2012. Since then, their implementation has been encouraged by the UN General Assembly, Rio +20 declaration, G20, Francophone Parliamentary Assembly and Ministers from 80 countries at the recent 5th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit.