News & Press Releases

Launch of Fiji soil resources guide for sustainable agriculture development

Wednesday 17 October 2012, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva – A field guide on Fiji soils, their attributes to support plant growth, and information on soil fertility will be launched this Friday, 19 October, at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Nabua. The launch is facilitated by SPC Land Resources Division (LRD), which coordinated the production of the reference manual.

Fiji Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Joketani Cokanasiga, is the official guest and will launch this publication. Anyone working towards sustainable agricultural development will find it an invaluable framework for understanding and interpreting the soil resources of Fiji.

Regreening the Bare Hills: Tropical Forest Restoration in the Asia-Pacific Region

Posted on August 12, 2011 by RECOFTC

RECOFTC consultant Don Gilmour reviews David Lamb’s recent book.

Many organizations around the world have highlighted the plight of tropical forests during the past several decades. Efforts to improve the situation have generally revolved around introducing sustainable management of production forests and the protection of forest biodiversity through the establishment of networks of protected areas. In spite of these efforts tropical forests have continued to be degraded through a wide range of influences, including unsustainable commercial timber harvesting practices, clearing for agricultural and pastoral activities, and shifting cultivation.

New speciality crops book offers extension-level support for increasing farm income & product divers

NORTH KONA, HAWAI'I -- From Bamboo to Black Pepper, Cacao to Coconut and Tea to Taro -- Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands provides detailed cultivation, value-added, and marketing information for 26 of the most important specialty crops for Pacific Islands and other tropical locations.

Specialty crops provide a rapidly growing economic opportunity for innovative farmers and gardeners who are interested in diversifying their products. The book provides insights into sustainable cultivation and processing techniques for local and export markets with an emphasis on innovating production methods, postharvest processing, and marketing.

Pacific represented at CTA youth exchange and Web 2.0 training in Ghana

The Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural development (CTA) went a step further in its commitment to capacity building and knowledge sharing amongst young agriculture enthusiasts and youth in related professions, in the ACP region, as it organised a Youth Exchange and Training Workshop on Web 2.0 for Agricultural and Rural Development in partnership with the Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (CSIR – INSTI) of Ghana. I had the honour of being the only participant from the Pacific.

This workshop, which was organized in the framework of the ARDYIS (Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society) project, aimed to train selected best participants of the ARDYIS essay contest organized in 2010 in advanced web 2.0 tools and to support networking among youth involved in the project. Participants came from 17 ACP countries.

The event was held in Accra, Ghana, from 7 to 11 March 2011 and had two components - a training workshop (4 days) on selected Web2.0 tools and an exchange meeting (1 day) on the challenges and opportunities of agriculture for youth in the information society.